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 9am and the day starts with half an hour of prayer.  Anyone is welcome to come. 

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 07711884941 

We are always in need of funds - there is no subsidy from outside sources, contrary to popular opinion.  We have to find £5.5k every month to pay our way.   Our accounts are open to view. 

We mark the milestones of life for people and are still the most comprehensive source of community life, drawing people together of all ages and from all walks of life.

The church is open for anyone to share. 

Vicar:  Revd. Barbara Steadman-Allen,
(The Vicarage South Holmwood RH5 4JX)   07711884941
Curate:  Revd Virginia Smith 01306 885349
Young Peoples' Church:  Sian Reed (01306 712363)
Church Wardens: 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.
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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, you have promised to provide for all that we need.  Make us trusting, cheerful and generous givers so that we might have everything that we need and have plenty left to share with others.  Awaken financial support for the church in those who live in our parish.
Heavenly Father, awaken a spiritual hunger for yourself in the hearts of those living in our parish in every generation, despite other attractions and distractions. Heal past hurts suffered as a result of past church or life experiences. Help us as we meet questioning individuals so that they may come to belong both to him and to us.  In the name of Jesus we pray, 

For your Bible Study:  Passover Part 1 - The bread.  Resume the Journey
1.  We have read the account of the Passover recently in our trek through Exodus.  What do you remember of the story?  Which aspects of it foreshadow our pilgrimage through life?
2.  Read Deuteronomy 16:3 and 1 Corinthians 5:6-7.  We re-enact the Passover supper every time we celebrate communion.  The bread is an unleavened wafer, representing the haste with which the Israelites hurried from Egypt but both Paul and Jesus saw yeast as having a decaying influence and so representative of sin and death.  Is this a new thought?  Does the illustration “work” for you?
3.  Read John 6:31, 51 and a few surrounding verses.  We correctly think of Jesus’ sacrifice as the lamb in the story.  But he also appears to be the bread. What do you think Jesus meant?
4.  In today’s Jewish celebration of the Passover, the second or middle of three pieces of unleavened bread is taken from a special bag called the matzah tosh. The bread is removed, broken, and the portion that is wrapped in the cloth becomes the afikomen that is then hidden from view. After dinner, the tradition turns into a fun game for the children who search for the afikomen and are rewarded when they find it. The bread is then broken and distributed among the participants who all eatit together.  Does this bring anything Christian to mind?
5.  In this first week of Lent read Matthew 4:1-4 and then Deuteronomy 8:3. What do you learn about Jesus’ reply?
6.  As you take the bread at communion, what is happening for you?

(This question will have many answers!)

Morning Prayer Readings

19    Deut 1:22-46
20    Deut 2:1-25
21     Deut 2:26 – 3:11
22     Deut 3:12-29
23     Deut 4:1-20

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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