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Living Hope 

"Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us"
Ephesians 5:2

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Living Hope is St Mary's response to Jesus' call to love our local and global neighbour. God has given us all different passions and interests, and so many different projects flow out from our desire to put our love into action. 

On Mondays, 1-3pm, we run a Gardening Club in the Vicarage Garden. We are growing vegetables, and plants which will attract wildlife and increase biodiversity. Come and join us a we start to transform our little plot of land! Gardening is great for wellbeing, and we would love to have your company as we garden together. Or if you just fancy coming for some company, a cuppa and a seat in the sun (not guarenteed!), you are most welcome. St Mary's is also part of A Rocha's Eco Church and we are working towards our silver award. We have a small group who consider how the church can best live lightly and take care of God's amazing creation. 

Gardening club

Saved! is our food waste project in partnership with local supermarkets. Since its beginning, we have saved 1000s of grocery trays of food from landfill. We collect surplus food, several times a week from local supermarkets. We love it when food can go to those for whom it really blesses, but the bottom line is we don't want it to be wasted! We have a constant flow of surplus food coming and the produce doesn't last long, so do help us by taking what you can use. Saved! food is available during Cafe Hope opening hours. You are welcome to come in during that time to see what is available. We have the greatest variety of food on Fridays.

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The COOK Project is our partnership with our local COOK shop who provide us with lovely frozen ready meals each week to give to local people. We are so grateful for them! We provide meals for the elderly, people who are struggling with illness, new parents or those struggling financially. If you know anyone who would benefit from COOK meals please get in touch.  

As a response to the many Ukrainians who have recently arrived in our local community we are hosting a weekly Ukrainian Get Together both those who have just arrived or settled Ukrainians. Hosts are also welcome. This is a time for connection, sharing information and making friends. Light refreshments are also served. We will also shortly be starting English Classes in partnership with Blackbird English, for those from any nation who wish to learn English as a second language.

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Our monthly Hope Supper takes place on the 2nd Thursday of the month. This is a time of gathering for all ages around a two course meal. We spend time with friends and make new ones. All from the church and community are welcome. Please sign up by calling the office or on the sign up sheet on the Welcome desk.

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Every Friday during term time we have a Coffee Morning for those in retirement. It is a time of making friends, fun and laughter over a cuppa and a piece of cake. We have a simple activity and a short faith thought each week. Come along any time and we'd love to welcome you. 

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Living Hope frequently supports good causes in various ways. Recently we did a collection for CHESS homeless charity, supplied 'recipe bags' for Foodbank recipients at Christmas, and have done various fundraising events for Tearfund. 

We believe that prayer changes situations and helps us to understand the heart of God. Join us in praying for Living Hope projects and the persecuted church. Jesus offers us life transforming hope and so we love to share the good news of Jesus through our projects.

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For more information, or to get involved, please contact Caroline Macdonald or call 020 8508 3643.

Caroline Macdonald, 17/05/2021
Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

We're glad you're here! This page will give you some helpful information about practicalities and what to expect at our Sunday services.

St Mary’s is a Church of England charismatic evangelical church. Our vision is to see every person and every place saturated with God. We long to see revival and the transformation of our community, as people encounter God and discover the adventure of His kingdom. 

Where and When

We have three Sunday services. 

Holy Communion  - 8:45am
Morning Celebration - Informal service - 10:30am
Contemporary Service - 5pm

 

For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Host Team who will help you find your seats. There are hand-washing stations on entry to the building. Please feel free not to wear or to wear face coverings, however you prefer.  Although we no longer need to social distance, we have some seating that is socially distanced if you prefer.  You can also pick up a token to place on the seat next to you which indicates that you would like to be socially distanced.  The Host team will also be able to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your visit.

NB: There is no dress code at St Mary’s. Come as you are. We are informal. 

Plan your journey: 

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Our car park is open for use to those using the St Marys grounds.   Public car parks and road-side parking is available in the nearby streets. Loughton Tube Station is only a 7 minute walk away. Just walk up Station Road and turn right when you get to the High Road.  Contact us using the form below for more details on parking. 

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are two disabled toilets available on site.

Our Services

Our informal family services begin with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of worship, ordinarily led by our band but due to the current Covid restrictions we are primarily using recorded content. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible-based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

Main church worship

What about my kids?

If you have children with you, they are very welcome among us. At St Mary's church every week the children are signed in before church and parents given a card at the registration desk in the Smith room before the 10:30am service. There are no Ignite groups at the 8:45am service. The children and the youth start in the main service with the rest of the church family.  There are no groups during August while a number of the team are taking holidays. 

  • Kindling (Age 0-4yrs) is more than a supervised creche, our team will spend time reading Bible stories, playing worship songs and also providing craft activities for the older children. This group follows current early years government guidelines which includes no social distancing.
  • Sparklers (Reception-Year 2) enjoy high energy worship songs, one of the great stories of faith told in an age-appropriate and interactive way, and a chance to respond through play, craft, prayer and creativity. This group follows current early years government guidelines which includes no social distancing.
  • Blaze (Years 3-6) spend a good amount of time exploring a Biblical topic or famous Bible character and what we can learn from them. There is also some free time to form friendships, for creative reflection/ expression, as well as having some fun group games. This group has social distancing measures in place in accordance with government guidelines. 
There is also a youth group at the 10:30am service for young people in Years 7-13.

Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Life Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a Life Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Café Hope
  • Lunch Club
  • Hope Suppers
  • Job Club
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Leadership 

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Malcolm Macdonald    
Lead Vicar    
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

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