St Mary Magdalene Church, The Holmwood - A meeting place between God and people through Jesus Christ
    Welcome To St Mary Magdalene Church 
for the Surrey villages of  Mid Holmwood, South Holmwood and Beare Green 

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St MM Church a meeting place between God and people through Jesus...

St Mary Magdalene Church provides a well loved spiritual space in a busy world and was built in 1838. 

If you want to find us, don't go entirely by the postcode RH5 4JX !
Go off the A24 at the subway into South Holmwood village by Betchets Green Road then turn left up the drive past the church notice board.  The church is at the very top and it has a large car park with a couple of spaces for disabled badge holder parking.   There is also a loo suitable for disabled people in the adjoining Parish Room.

You will find people gathering here at 10am on Sundays and at 12 noon and 6pm on Wednesdays but many other people use the building for their own quiet moments and respect it as a place of prayer.  
Our children and young people meet in the Parish Room on Sunday mornings for their own Young People's Church.
The Parish of  St Mary Magdalene, Holmwood is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children within our church community, and also to encouraging an environment where all people and especially those who may be vulnerable are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
We are also committed to the implementation of the Diocese of Guildford Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, and the relevant statutory legislation and guidance for the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
To read more about the Parish’s safeguarding policy and handbook, please use the web links below to download the documents in PDF format:
·                       Parish safeguarding policy [412kb/pdf]

·                       Safeguarding handbook [868kb/pdf]

The church is open every day from 8.30 - 9am (when a few of us meet to give the day to God in prayer).

Look at the news and events page for all the fun things we do and opportunities for worship.

We value the Bible and encourage people to discover it for themselves. 
Contact me (Revd Barbara Steadman-Allen) to find out more 01306 889118

We are always in need of funds - there is no subsidy from outside sources, contrary to popular opinion.  We mark the milestones of life for people and are still the most comprehensive source of community life, drawing people together from all walks of life and from the ages of 1-100 so anything you can offer towards our running costs is greatly appreciated (see news page for details).  It costs us £1,000 per week to stay open. 

The church is open for anyone to share. 

Vicar:  Revd. Barbara Steadman-Allen,
(The Vicarage South Holmwood RH5 4JX)   01306 889118
Curate:  Revd Virginia Smith 01306 885349
Young Peoples' Church:  Sian Reed (01306 712363)
Church Warden: Cath Bell (01306 885067)
                         Sue Wood (01306 631381)
Treasurer: Alan Pugh (01306 712225)
PCC Secretary:  Jo Freeborough (01306 876918)
Choir, Organist and Archivist:  Mary Mansell  (01306 711998)

Baptisms (Christenings):  Rosalie Williams (01306 889118)
Marriages:  Linda Pugh (01306 712225)
Funerals:  the funeral director contacts us.
Magazine advertising:  Kathy Wheeler (01306 889832)

Sunday service                          10am - 11.15am (including children’s activity)
Coffee / Tea                              11.15am - 11.45am
Baptism                                     11.30am - 12 noon
Turner House Evensong (Beare Green:  4th Sunday only)  3pm

Young People’s Church  10am

Other events as advertised             
Morning Prayer                          9am - 9.30am
2nd week:   Monday Lunch Club (BGVH) 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Bible Study (at the Vicarage weekly)  7.30pm – 9pm
when advertised:  Monday Mens’ group (Duke’s Head) 7.30pm
Bible Breakfast (fortnightly)      7.30am – 8.30am
Morning Prayer                           9am - 9.30am
Tuesday Gardeners                     9am – 12.30pm
Meditation Prayer (silent) (StMM)  6pm – 6.30pm
WEDNESDAY   Parish Prayer Day
Morning Prayer                         
 9am - 9.30am
Weald School Church service (in school)  10.30- 10.50am
Midday Prayer (including lunch) 12noon
Lunch at the Vicarage (term time) 12.30-1.30pm
Holmwood Timbrels (SH)            5pm – 5.45pm
Bible Study (weekly at the Vicarage with Virginia Smith)  1.30pm – 2.30pm
Morning Prayer                           9am - 9.30am
Bible Study (fortnightly)            2pm – 3pm
Choir rehearsal (StMM)               7pm - 8pm

Events as advertised

A warm welcome awaits you at all our activities

The more you give, the more you will grow spiritually.  The more you grow spiritually, the more you will be able to give.  The more you are able to give, the more God can give to you.

A legacy is the best  way of making sure those who have helped you or been special to you or whose work you see as important benefit from your money.  On death, no tax is payable on the legacy. Please think about including us in your will—we mark the milestones of life for you, you can mark them for others through supporting us.   A leaflet with appropriate codicil is in the church!         Thank you  -BSA


Please pray these prayers at some stage in the day wherever you are. If you want to join with someone, arrange it today, or join with us over lunch on a Wednesday at 12 noon in the vicarage.

Heavenly Father, the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus, your Son.  Though Mary was afraid, she responded to your call with joy and faith.  You reward obedience however costly.  Help us, like her, to bring your love and healing into our world and show us how we might live our lives more obediently, personally and as a church.  Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit, so the light of your presence might set our hearts on fire with love for you.  Bless us as we prepare for Christmas and bless all who long for your coming.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Light who is coming into the world.

Jesus:  King of Kings
It’s the Sunday before Advent Sunday, the week we celebrate Jesus coming in glory to take possession of his “kingdom”.  We think of Jesus as the grown adult who submitted to the cross and rose again and ascended into glory and waiting to bring to an end space and time and history and put everything to rights.  But can we also use this description for Jesus the baby, who came “in glory to take possession of his kingdom”?  We must, despite his stable-birth to a poor family.  But for the moment, we are thinking of Jesus, ascended King.
Read Acts 1:1-11.   After his resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for 40 days.  Why - what did he do over those days?  Acts 1:3;  1 Corinthians 15:3-7   Should Jesus have stayed ‘on earth’?  (Jesus is not a spaceman!)  What were the gains and losses of his going back to glory, for us?  For him?
Before he ascended, Jesus told the 11 that they would be his witnesses (1:8).
Why did he want them to be witnesses?  What do you understand this to mean? How might the activity of John the Baptist (John 1:19-23) offer another perspective?  (Consider the ancient role of  ‘forerunner’ before a royal or important personage and also read Daniel 7:13)   How did John the B go on “witnessing’ to Jesus? (1:35-42)  What did he say?  What was the result of his “witness” in this account?   How can we follow his example?
To whom were the disciples to witness (Acts 1:8)?  Their witness would have far reaching influence.   They would never have envisaged you being part of their story!   Which is your nearest area of influence?  Have you ever considered that they might have influence in turn?   What costs might there be to us as we obey Jesus’ command?  Are we alone in the task?

Morning Prayer Readings

Mon   Deuteronomy 5 1-21
         Ephesians 1: 1-14
Tues  Deuteronomy 5 22-end
         Ephesians 1: 15-end
Wed   Deuteronomy 6
         Ephesians 2: 1-10
Thurs Deuteronomy 7: 1-11
         Ephesians 2 11-end
Fri     Deuteronomy 7: 12-end
         Ephesians 3: 1-13
Sat     Deuteronomy 8: 
          Ephesians 3: 14-end
God of mission, who alone brings growth to your Church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions and power to our witness.  Help our church to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you and in service to our local community through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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