Come be part of St Mary's, a church dedicated to God's mission and the growth of his Kingdom. Each and everyone of us are blessed with unique gifts from God, and are called to use these gifts to bring blessing and life to others. The gifts we possess, though different from person to person, mean we each have a role to fulfil in the Church. What are you called to?
Below we give a brief description of, and contact for, some of the groups and teams of St Mary's. Consider what God is calling you to do, and don't be shy. You'll receive all the support you need to allow your gifts to flourish.
Church, Teams & Groups ... is God calling you?
We believe in all member ministry, this includes being involved in our worship. Many lead intercessions, read from the Bible, others help administer the sacraments at services and in people's homes or assist the minister at the Eucharist. Equally, others enjoy welcoming people as they enter the church ... offering a helping hand and a cheery smile often sets the scene for both visitor or regular attender. We're sure there's a place play with your name on it, contact our Rector, Barry for further details.
The Pastoral Visiting Team
Are you a good listener? If so, this may be a ministry for you. We have a team of people trained in pastoral care. They visit people in the community, giving support to the sick, bereaved and support those in need. This is a listening and prayerful ministry and will need DBS clearance. If you feel called to explore this further please contact Barry
St Mary's Choir
Do you sing Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass then we'd love to meet you. St Mary's has a fine musical tradition. Join our choir, new members are always welcome. The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. Members sing at 9.30am and 6.30pm Sunday Services and take part in Weddings and several Festivals throughout the year. First class training is given by Michael Grave our Director of Music. Choir practice is held at 4.30pm in the church on the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays and on the Thursday before the 3rd Sunday at 7.00pm. The Choir possess a wide repertoire of Hymns, Songs, Anthems and Psalms from the 16th Century to the formative cutting edge of contemporary music. Want to know more? Contact Michael Grave.
The Baptism Team
We have a group of committed people who involve themselves in the preparation of individuals and their families for a baptism. Most of our baptisms take place twice a month, on Saturday mornings. This ministry is important to both Church & Community alike. This is where we get to know people, to speak of Jesus and to proclaim his love for all. Want to join us? Give Barry a ring for more information
The Flower Guild
We benefit from a wonderful team of flower arrangers. Every week they provide beautiful displays within the church, bringing a warm and welcoming ambience to the building. The team meet on a Friday morning in church to prepare for the week ahead. We are always keen to accept new members and to give training if need be, interested? Contact Sheila Renton
The Prayer Chain
Prayer is important. Sometimes we all need to know there are people around who can pray with you or for you. The members of Prayer Chain bring your prayer to the forefront of their prayers to God. Carrying the prayers of others is a gift to the church and community alike. If you feel this prayer-filled ministry is for you please contact Joan Smith.
The Mothers' Union: Christian Care for Families
Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. We work with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning. Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. They are single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. St Mary's have an active membership and meet on the second Monday of each month. Want to know more? Contact Joan Jamieson through the Parish Office.
Coffee Pot and Parish Breakfast
On Saturday and Sunday mornings we run Coffee Pot and Parish Breakfast in the Centre lounge. Here we provide space and time to anyone looking for coffee and chat ... and also a place where you can find out more about us. The refreshments are offered by volunteers and the service is greatly valued. Join us and become part of our team, speak to our Parish Manager for more details.
Bell ringing at Whickham St Mary's
Whickham Bell Ringers are a dedicated and enthusiastic group. They are keen to encourage and teach both new and experienced ringers alike. Apart from the glorious music of the bells, it is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps general fitness. Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure and the company it brings. Want to have a go? Contact Chris Liddle.
St Mary’s Day Care Centre needs You!
The Day Care Centre has been in existence for over 39 years. It started as a means to help the house-bound and disabled meet together, once a week, for companionship, a home cooked meal and to give them some time outside of their homes. In these days of an increasing population, of people living longer, this service to the community is more important than ever. But there are problems - many of our volunteers, who help with transport, cook the meals and serve teas & coffee, have helped over the years, are now pensioners themselves. We, the cooks, provide a nourishing lunch, cooked in the kitchen of the Centre, work in teams of 2/3 on a rota system of 1 week in 4. If you are able to help, or know of someone, please let us know. We need you; will you help? Contact the Parish Office
In April we hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
In 2015 the APCM was well attended as usual. Together we reviewed the past year and our hopes for the future. We also elected our Churchwardens for the next year and saw new members join the Parochial Church Council (PCC). Below we have posted two documents, the first is a our actual Annual Report and secondly a new leaflet all about the PCC ... just to help you know how everything works and to equip you when you want to join the team!