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Try praying – It’s easier than you think



Churches throughout the UK and the world will be opening their doors and providing opportunities for people to come and use their buildings for prayer as part of a global call to prayer.

St Mary’s will be playing our part too and we will be open for prayer during the day – all are welcome. Prayer stations have been set up around church and Stewards will be on hand throughout the day to welcome visitors and offer refreshments and assistance.

If you’ve never prayed before, and don’t know how or where to start, we have some simple guides available to help you.

Now more than ever the world needs our prayers.  We know that the events of Monday night in Manchester have affected many people, in that great city and throughout this country and beyond.  The opening of St Mary’s for prayer will give anyone who finds themselves affected by the bombing a quiet place to come, perhaps to light a candle and to process their thoughts and feelings.

From Friday 26th May there will be a Book of Condolence available in church, for anyone who would like to write a message of sympathy and support to those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatised by the attack at Manchester Arena 22 May 2017.




Daffodil Service – A sign of hope at St Mary’s

On Sunday 12th February 2017 the annual Daffodil Service was held at St Mary’s, a gentle and reflective service with traditional well-loved hymns, where those who have been bereaved can come and remember their loved ones.

The service was led by Revd Andrew Knowles with an address given by Sue Duplock, a member of St Mary’s Church family. During the service the names of those to be remembered were read aloud and the congregation were invited to light a candle in memory of departed relatives or friends.

Traditionally memorial services are held around All Soul’s Day in November or in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Dark days and often gloomy weather can combine to make our spirits feel low and, especially for those who are newly bereaved, it can be a difficult time.

It was back in 2012 that St Mary’s held its first memorial service on the Sunday nearest to Valentine’s Day.  The idea came from a widow who wanted to remember her husband when the nights were getting lighter and the bulbs were beginning to grow. She said that Spring was a time of hope and new life and this gave her strength.

To capture that theme of hope and new life pots of daffodils were given to everyone attending the service.  Refreshments after the service had been prepared by St Mary’s Church members Carol Carter and Wendy Matthew and were served by them in the Church hall.  Guests were invited to stay and chat with church members and others attending the service and enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea, with plenty of tasty homemade cakes.

Commenting on the afternoon Joe and Grace Bates said “they say it is good to remember, and smile, and be thankful for all those that we have loved and lost but remembering also brings to mind the pain of loss, missed opportunities and regret.  Attending the Daffodil Service gave us a safe reflective space to remember and give thanks for loved ones in a meaningful way, in the company of others who shared that same sense of loss. Although there was pain there was also thankfulness. Empathic words, lit candles and a gift of daffodil bulbs all brought a sense of comfort and hope.”

Maggie Lowe added “The Daffodil Service, on 12th February 2017, was a gentle service of reassurance and comfort. The gift of daffodils, and the beautifully served afternoon tea which followed, showed us the continuation of life and its blessings.”

Diary Date – Daffodil Service at 3pm on Sunday 11th February 2018


Hearing Champion at St Mary’s

Hearing Aid Aftercare in the Community

Do you have an NHS hearing aid?  Taking care of your hearing aid means it will work better, last longer, and maybe save you unnecessary trips to your audiologist.

We are pleased to announce we now have a Hearing Champion, NHS trained by the audiology department at the Royal Surrey Hospital, available each month to carry out basic maintenance to NHS hearing aids.

A drop-in clinic will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at St Mary’s Church, from 12 noon to 2pm.  This is a FREE service for people with NHS hearing aids and includes basic maintenance, battery supply, cleaning and re-tubing, trouble-shooting and advice.

Please remember to bring your brown NHS Battery Book (which includes your settings and requirements) and don’t forget your hearing aid.

A Guildford Diocese initiative, in partnership with the NHS and St Mary’s Church in Camberley









Alpha 2017 – Are you ready for an adventure?

The next Alpha course begins on Wednesday 25th January 2017, 7.15 for 7.30pm, and will be hosted by The Beacon Church, Berkshire Road, Camberley, GU15 4DG.

Alpha is for anyone who’s curious and has questions about life.  Alpha course at St Mary's CamberleyEach week will begin with a meal followed by a short talk.  The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.  At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

Bear Grylls, adventurer, writer and presenter, describes his Christian faith journey as ‘my greatest adventure’.  Are you ready to discover your adventure?

To find out more or to book your place on the course please contact St Mary’s church office.



Harvest Café Church at St Mary’s

coffee-clipartSunday 2nd October at 10.30am in the Church Hall

You are invited to join us to celebrate Harvest at Café Church this Sunday.

Bring your family, neighbours and friends! Something for all ages and with free refreshments.


An opportunity to bring harvest gifts of food items on behalf of  The Besom in Camberley, as we support their work amongst our local community – in date tinned, dried and packet foods gratefully accepted.


In addition we shall be looking at Toilet Twinning and raising money to twin toilets with those in poorer parts of the world.


Informal and friendly – all are welcome!

Some of the photos from our October Café Church are shown below, to view the gallery, just click on one of the photos and the gallery will open. Once you’ve finished viewing the pictures please click on the small ‘X’ in the top left corner to close the gallery and to return to this page.



New Kitchen for St Mary’s

St Mary's work party

Works Update…

Summer holidays are usually a quieter time at St Mary’s but not so this year.  Instead we’ve swapped peace and tranquillity for noise and disruption as contractors have been fitting our brand new kitchen.

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At the end of July our old kitchen was ripped out, leaving us with just an empty shell.  In due course this will be replaced by a top notch catering standard kitchen for our church and local community to use.


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The works have also involved major changes to the warm air heating system in our church hall.   To create extra space in the kitchen we’ve rerouted the venting system so that it enters the hall at a different access point and installed ceiling fans in the hall to help circulate the warm air.

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We are truly grateful to our team of contractors who have been doing amazing work for us, bringing our plans into a reality.

Major works such as we are doing come at a high price for St Mary’s.  Our Church Council has committed to this work going ahead and we have been very fortunate to have been given a grant by Surrey County Council of £30,000 towards the cost of this project.

Local Help

Local company S C Johnson have also generously donated £5,000 and £1,500 has been received from the charity All Churches Trust Limited, and we are exceedingly grateful to all our donors for their support.35. Wed 10 Aug

We have applied for more funding from a variety of sources and hope that these will be successful in the coming months.

As a people of faith, our church members have also been contributing financially towards the project.  We are truly blessed by their kindness and generosity and support for what we are doing at St Mary’s.

You can support St Mary’s too!  We welcome all donations to the kitchen fund and these can be sent to David Reed, Community Network Officer, at St Mary’s Church.

Here are some pictures of the kitchen showing the work  in progress and more pictures will be posted very soon to show the completed new kitchen.

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Change to Sunday Morning Worship

Change to Sunday Service Time

We are pleased to announce we are changing the time of one of our Sunday services.

From Sunday 4th September 2016 the time of the Morning Worship will change to  10.30 am.  There will be no change to the Holy Communion service at 9.00 am.

Morning Worship will remain an informal service of worship, teaching and ministry with children’s and youth work programmes.  We will continue to have communion once a month.

Refreshments will be served after both of the Sunday services as before.

Pastoral Assistant for St Mary’s

Yvonne Parr, St Mary's Pastoral Assistant

Yvonne Parr, St Mary’s Pastoral Assistant

Pastoral Assistant

We are very pleased to announce that Yvonne Parr will be joining the team at St Mary’s in September as a Pastoral Assistant. Yvonne is a member of St Mary’s Church family and felt God was calling her to a particular ministry within the church.

Service of Authorisation

A Service of Authorisation was held at Charterhouse School Chapel in Godalming on Wednesday 6th July 2016 and family and friends from St Mary’s church family came along to the service. The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, authorised the newly trained pastoral assistants for ministry within their own parishes and on Sunday 10th July Revd Andrew Knowles commissioned Yvonne for ministry at St Mary’s. Throughout her training Yvonne was mentored by Ruth Walker, Associate Minister at St Mary’s. Yvonne thanked both Andrew and Ruth for their support over this past year.

Congratulations to Yvonne and well done!


Bishop Andrew and the new Pastoral Assistants for the Diocese of Guildford

Bishop Andrew and the new Pastoral Assistants for the Diocese of Guildford




Family Celebrations at St Mary’s

Family Celebrations

Sunday 12th June 2016

This weekend, as the nation was celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, St Mary’s were enjoying celebrations of a different kind with one of our Church families. As part of our Sunday morning service we were celebrating with Gillian Glover, one of St Mary’s Church Wardens and giving thanks for the birth of her granddaughter Nora Rose Gillespie.Thanksgiving cake

Nora lives in New York with her parents, James and Chrissy and was baptised earlier this year at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.  Sadly not all the members of their family from the UK were able to travel to the America to join them for this ceremony, including two of Nora’s Godparents, so it was wonderful that they were able to be with us at St Mary’s for this special occasion.

James attended St Mary’s when he was growing up and it was fantastic for the church family here at St Mary’s to be able to share in this Thanksgiving service for his daughter.

Following the service there was a time for everyone to get together, chatting with old friends and making new ones, and  to enjoy tea and coffee along with a slice of cake.  This beautiful cake was baked by Sam Sutherland, a friend and member of St Mary’s church family.


Pray Together

Family Prayer

Sunday evenings 7.00-8.00pm
until 3rd July 2016

Pray Together


Let’s pray together! At St Mary’s we believe we are called to be a people of prayer.

These prayer times on a Sunday evening are an opportunity for us to come together and for us to pray for our country, for Camberley and St Mary’s parish and local community, as well as praying for our church and for ourselves.

All are welcome.

Benefits from praying together are:

1. Praying together, collectively more prayers are prayed.  Each of us has a unique way of praying and praying together brings a new voice to the need.

2. Praying together often gives a deep feeling of belonging. When part of a group, we feel that we are a necessary part of a greater purpose.

3. Praying together improves our mood.  Looking out among others and feeling their love and care regardless of how we felt when we began, we leave feeling comforted.

4. Praying together opens our hearts to the needs of the people around us and reminds us that sometimes we can be the answer to someone’s prayer.

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