Recent Events

Getting ready for Christmas

The parish choir sang carols at Ewell Yule in Ewell Village:

Winter Wonderland was our parish Christmas dinner:

Decorating the church for Christmas:

Many thanks to all who made the above possible, and to all involved in the six school carol services and nativities we have hosted in the run up to Christmas. It has been good to welcome over 1900 pupils, teachers, and parents to church over this time.

New projection system

In October 2016 we installed a projector and screen in St Mary’s. When out of use the screen retracts up behind the chancel arch, so it is completely hidden. When deployed, it can be put to many uses. On the first Sunday of use, the Vicar referred to a painting by Fra Angelico in his sermon, illustrated on the screen. Then after the service, over coffee, we were able to watch a video on the new diocesan strategy.

Many thanks to the Golden Hours Fellowship and others, whose donations made this possible, to our contractors SFL, and to all those involved in the installation.

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A Day for All 2016

On 24 September St Mary’s Church was open for our annual ‘Day for All’ with lots of activities for everyone, including swop shop, craft activities for children, a guided tour of the church, a free bread and soup lunch, a talk about Nonsuch Palace and Morris dancing by Ewell St Mary’s Morris Men. Lots of people from the local community as well as members of St Mary’s came along to enjoy the day.

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Patronal Festival 2016

As our church is dedicated to St Mary, we keep a Sunday near 8th September– the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary– as our patronal festival.

This year, the celebrant and preacher was the Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, in her first parochial visit as since being consecrated Bishop.

You can hear the Bishop’s sermon using the audio player below:

Before the Eucharist, the Bishop blessed our new white High Mass set of vestments, donated by a parishioner.

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Confirmations 2016

On 5 June 2016, eight candidates from St Mary’s Ewell (four adults and four juniors) were confirmed by the Bishop of Guildford at St John’s Church, Stoneleigh.

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The week before the confirmation the junior group went on a trip to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where we were given a tour by one of the military knights, Col. Barrie Fairman.

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Giving to Support St Mary’s – May 2016

On 22 May 2016, we launched our campaign “Giving to Support St Mary’s”. Our aim is to encourage more people to become regular, planned givers to St Mary’s, and for everyone to review their giving.

We hope that visitors to this website might also like to hear the presentation, and the contents of the packs given out in church are also reproduced below. Please do be in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to make a regular gift to St Mary’s.

Audio recording of presentations given by Russell Dewhurst and Nigel Bird (apologies the first minute of the recording is missing)


Click here to see the slides accompanying the presentation

Spring Market 2016

The Spring Market is our annual sale of plants, cakes, books, and bric-a-brac with a cafe and raffle. Always popular, this year’s was no exception, raising the wonderful total of £846 towards the expenses of putting on Ewell Village Fair. Many thanks to all involved for a great day!

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Beating the bounds 2016

On 1 May 2016, some of us “beat the bounds” of our parish. It was a glorious day, and after a hymn and a prayer in church, we set off on our way from the church hall.

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The parish boundary runs along the railway line, but rather than take our lives into our hands, we walked along the nearest roads, and crossed the railway line at the footbridge.

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After a picnic at the Gibraltar recreation ground, we continued on our way enjoying the beautiful weather. We entered Nonsuch park where we recreated the ancient practice of beating boundary stones– hence the name, “beating the bounds.”

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Outside Nonsuch Park some of the party had to go, but the rest of us continued on the rest of the walk, 9 miles in total.

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The Hogsmill river forms part of the parish boundary. Again, we didn’t wade through the middle of the river, but walked alongside it, crossing it as necessary.

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After fortifying ourselves at Ewell Court tea rooms, we completed the boundary, returning the church around 4.30pm. Here are those who completed the whole route:

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April Reign 2016

In April 2016, as part of our celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, we held a parish dinner called “April Reign.” As well as festive food and drink, we were treated to entertainment and a royal-themed quiz. Many thanks to all involved for a fantastic regal evening.

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Holy Week and Easter 2016

The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday begins with the reception of the Holy Oils (for the sick, for baptism, and oil of Chrism) blessed by the Bishop in the catheral that morning.

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At the end of the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is taken in procession to the side chapel- the Altar of Repose- where it remains as a focus for prayer throughout the evening.

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The high altar is then stripped bare, ready for the barrenness of Good Friday.

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The first service on Good Friday is the Stations of the Cross, which usually takes place outside. We follow Jesus on the day that takes him to the cross.

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From noon, the “preaching of the Passion” is a simple service of hymns and addresses.

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At 2pm, the choral Liturgy of Good Friday takes place. At this service, the Passion according to St John is read.

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A wooden cross is brought into church as a focus for devotion, and Holy Communion is given from the reserved sacrament.

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On Saturday evening, the Easter Vigil begins in darkness, as the Paschal Candle is blessed and brought into church.

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There are readings from the bible while we wait for Easter…

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The lights are switched on and the church is filled with joyful music as we sing “Alleluia!”. Christ is Risen! We celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

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On Easter Day (Easter Sunday) itself, we continue our celebrations with joyful services, including our choral Eucharist and an all-age Praise@11 service.

St Mary’s Ewell is registered as a charity under the name of THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF EWELL
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