Get involved

Getting involved in St Mary’s church life

If you would like more information about different opportunities to be involved and volunteer in the church community, please email the Parish Office Julie Craig detailing your name and phone number and the area in which you are interested.  Julie will then forward your details to the organiser of that activity who will then get back to you with more information on how things work so you can decide if it is for you.

Sunday worship

Stewards and hospitality team At the 10 am Sunday Parish Eucharist, this group of people provides a welcome to people arriving and refreshments afterwards

Reading the Bible Readings at the 10 am Parish Eucharist

Leading the intercessions (the prayers) at either the Parish Eucharist or Caritas. Support and training is given for this role

Stewarding, reading or leading the prayers at Caritas the 6pm weekly service for adults. Some people do all 3, some just one or two of these roles

Servers at the altar Adults and children in Year 3 or above can join and training is given

Bell ringers  The bellringing team meet on Mondays at 7.30 pm and also ring before services. Full training given

Choir the adult choir sings weekly in term-time at the Parish Eucharist in the morning or at Caritas in the evening. They practice on Tuesdays from 7.30 pm

The Harmonic Minors our children’s choir (for children from Year 3) – meets on Tuesdays from 6.30 pm and sings at some services

Growing faith

Bible Study and Book Groups

Theology in the Pub meets on Monday evenings as an informal discussion group

Breathing Space Tuesdays 9.30 pm for 9.45 pm for quiet, candlelit Christian mindfulness meditation in church. Finishes by 10.15

Wednesday lunchtime Eucharist 12.30 in church – Many stay to share a café lunch

Believing Belonging Behaving Becoming An annual 4 week course for adults wanting to learn more about the Christian faith followed by a Confirmation Service for those who wish to formalise their exploration.

Youth Confirmation A new 5 week course for 11-18 year olds wanting to explore their faith followed by a Confirmation Service at the end of the course for those wanting to go forward.

Admission to Holy Communion An annual 5 week course for children in Key Stage 2 (Y3 and above) to be admitted to receive communion followed by an Admission Service. Traditionally the information session is held on a Sunday in December with the four sessions running in the January and the Admission Service in February. The course for parents and guardians will run parallel to the course for children and will cover the same topics to help them explore their own spirituality as well as spirituality in the home. Parents are asked to support their child in their preparation in the week and to travel together on this journey of discovery.

Caring for people and God’s world

Parish Action Committee raises money for the charities we support; plans volunteering opportunities for the congregation and raises awareness of the issues. They meet about every 6 weeks to plan and lead work

Parish Action volunteering on an ad-hoc basis for fundraising events or to work directly with the charities the parish support

The Parish Ball Committee works hard from spring to November to plan and run the Ball to raise money for Parish Action charities whilst having fun along the way

Every Little Helps Stall a craft and produce stall on the first weekend of the month to raise money for charity

Pastoral Care Group People who offer to visit the lonely or vulnerable in the parish

The Supper Circle A chance occasionally to prepare and deliver a home-made meal to someone who could do with the help, because of illness, a new baby or house-moving etc

Helping our children grow

Sunday School from pre-school to year 8 Teachers are given training and support and work with a more experienced colleague. Run alongside the Parish Eucharist at 10 am

Crèche each Sunday during the Parish Eucharist for babies and toddlers from 12 months

St Mary’s Playgroup Run by parents for parents/nannies/grandparents and pre-school children on Tuesday mornings in the Lancaster Hall upstairs in church

Godly Play is offered to Sunday school children and our church school. Training is given

Children’s services Jumping for Joy a team of clergy and volunteers plan and run regular 11.30 Sunday worship for babies and children to age 7

Parish Youth Group For young people Y6 upwards will take place once a month on a Sunday from 6-7:30pm at the All Saints’ Scout Hut. Future 2019 dates for your Diary Sundays @6pm 15th September, 13th October, 17th November, 15th December

Caring for the church and the church community

Maintenance Group working alongside Berni, the buildings manager, it helps with small maintenance, professional advice, clearing and cleaning

St Mary’s Flowers keep the church looking beautiful by arranging flowers week by week, watering or arranging. Support and training (for those who want it) is given

The Parish Magazine Produced 3 times a year, there’s a small editorial group and a wider group of volunteers who write from time to time or promote the advertising

St Mary’s Church Council Elected each year at the AGM, members are responsible for the mission and finances of the church. Shadowing or observing is welcomed.

The Parish of Putney Parochial Church Council Elected each year, the PCC is responsible for the work of both St Mary’s and All Saints’ and plans the ministry we do together. Again observing is welcomed.