Recent Events

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.

Palm Sunday 2016

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. The palms are blessed outside, and we enter the church in procession, usually accompanied by a donkey and the Children’s Hour children. During the Eucharist, the passion gospel is read dramatically. Even though Palm Sunday is not as great a festival as Easter Day (next Sunday) it was good to see well over 200 in church this morning.

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Day Pilgrimage 2016

On 12 March, the Revd Sue Ayling led a day pilgrimage in and around Ewell. The pilgrims discovered seven places and symbols revered as sacred in the Celtic Christian tradition. Reports from those who took past were that the day was an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth and to appreciate the history of our local area. We hope to arrange further pilgrimages in the future.

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Mothering Sunday 2016

There was a bumper congregation at this year’s Mothering Sunday service. The Vicar spoke about how mothers’ love was, like Jesus’ love, always the same but always new. Members of the congregation, old and young, were invited to come forward to receive a bunch of flowers in thanksgiving for mothers. Mothering Sunday next year will be on 26 March and our all-age service will again be at 11am.

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Celebrating Marriage

On 7 February 2016, we celebrated St Mary’s ministry of marriage at our Sunday 9:30am Sung Eucharist. Many couples who had been married at St Mary’s, recently or many years ago, came to join in our worship. The music at the Eucharist included traditional wedding organ voluntaries by Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Widor, favourite wedding hymns and the anthem “The Lord bless you and keep you” by John Rutter.

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Christmas 2015

Before Christmas, we collected 642 shoeboxes packed with gifts as part of Operation Christmas Child. They have been distributed by the Samaritan’s Purse charity to children around the world who otherwise would receive nothing at Christmas. Well done to all involved!

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Many thanks to everyone who donated towards the purchase of new Christmas decorations, and to all who helped in decorating the church this year.

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We hosted four school Christmas carol services and concerts in the run up to Christmas.

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We held several Christmas services over the weekend before Christmas, on Christmas Eve and on Christmas day, seeing well over a thousand people attend St Mary’s between all these services.

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Please do get in touch if you have any other photos of Christmas activities (like our fun day) or the other Christmas services so they can be added here.

St Mary’s Ewell is registered as a charity under the name of THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF EWELL
Registered Charity No 1128409