Saints in October

1 Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
1 Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, Social Reformer, 1885
3 George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958
4 Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Reformation Martyr, 1536
9 Denys, Bishop of Paris, and his Companions, Martyrs, c.250
9 Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
10 Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
10 Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674
11 Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
11 James the Deacon, companion of Paulinus, 7th century
12 Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709
12 Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
12 Edith Cavell, Nurse, 1915
13 Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066
15 Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582
16 Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Reformation Martyrs, 1555
17 Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
18 Luke the Evangelist
19 Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812
25 Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287
26 Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
26 Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
28 Simon and Jude, Apostles
29 James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
31 Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546

On or around the 6th of October we should remember the martyr and saint William Tyndale c. 1494 – c. 6 October 1536. 
Why? It is mostly thanks to him we can read and understand our Bible as we listen to it during the service on Sunday morning. 

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AGM 2018: reports/review of 2017

Chaplain’s Report

Such a lot has happened at St. Mary’s over the past year, adjusting to a new Chaplain, a somewhat different role for the Chaplain, and considering how to best serve the congregation of St. Mary’s as well as the surrounding community. With the advent of programming for teens and the launch of the student group The Anchor (run in conjunction with the SICR and IFES), we are seeing renewed possibilities. Attendance is up slightly, and special programs such as the Lenten Study have been well received.

At the same time, St. Mary’s is facing the same hard truths being faced by congregations all over Europe: general church attendance is down, donations are down, and our buildings and congregations are aging. Society is rapidly changing, giving the Church an almost constant turn over in challenges to reaching out. And yet, this is exactly what the Church is called to do: reach out, serve, share, minister, bless. How do we do this effectively?

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Annual General Meeting will be held on 29 April after the service

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday April 29th following the service. Please make a note of this! Childcare will be provided. This is a very important meeting for everyone who attends St. Mary's. We will be discussing not only reports from the past year, but our beginning Mission Action Planning, and our financial situation. Please make plans to attend and participate if at all possible.