Lent Groups 2017

Our Lenten journey begins on 1st March this year. 

There will be a service of Holy Communion at 9:15 am and 7.30 pm on that day, which is Ash Wednesday.  

We then have Churches Together in Richmond Lent home groups you can join called “Receiving Christ – in five different ways”, commencing w/c 6th March.

Session One     Receiving Christ: as children of God.                 

Session Two     Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy 

Session Three  Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion                             

Session Four    Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship        

Session Five    Christ in you, the hope of glory   

There is a choice of four times and venues.  

Tuesday         2:00pm   56 Gilling Road

Wednesday   12:00pm  Methodist Church Hall

Wednesday    7:30pm   2 Hurgill Road

Thursday       7:30pm   1 Roper Court 

Please sign up on the form provided at the back of church. The cost will be £5 to include the cost of booklets and course material for leaders.   

Advent and Christmas 2016

Date and Time


Community Group Services or concerts at

St Mary’s Church.

Wed 7th at 7pm

The Mayor’s Carol Concert

Fri 9th at 7pm

The Royal Armoured Corp Concert

Sat 10th at 7.30pm

The Station Singers Carols

Tues 13th at 10am

The Queens Royal Lancers Carol Service

Thurs 15th at 10am

Richmond C of E Primary Carol Service

Fri 23rd at 7pm

The Company of Mercers,

Grocers, and Haberdashers, and Fellmongers Carol Service




Sunday 4th December

Advent 2


Advent Evensong

Sunday 18th December

Advent 4


9 Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve (Sat 24th Dec)



The Crib Service

Midnight Mass

Christmas Day



Holy Communion (BCP)

Sung Eucharist








Sunday 18th December


Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve


Holy Communion





Sunday 18th December


Lessons and Carols

Christmas Day


Holy Communion

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

7:00pm Holy Week Reflection -

A short ‘Thought for the Day’ type presentation followed by Compline – a short service of Evening Prayer.

Maundy Thursday

7.00 pm, Holy Communion -

This service of Holy Communion is much like a Sunday morning service, but with special focus on the Last Supper, when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples, and taught them to break bread and drink wine in remembrance of him.

The end of the service is a bit different though -

the church is gradually placed into darkness, and all the brightness of the silverware and the altar cloths and the decoration of the church are stripped away. This reminds us of Jesus going from the joy of the Last Supper to the Gethsemane, and eventually being arrested and abandoned by his friends.

The service has no end as such. The church is in darkness, with just minimum light to see by, and you are invited to stay and pray for as long as you wish to. Some people leave straightaway, others stay for an hour. This vigil is kept until midnight and you are invited to pick a period of time between the end of the service and midnight to keep vigil in church – to have a quiet time and space – your quiet time and space with God.

(Please note CTIR (Christians Together in Richmond) will be leading prayers between 12 and 12.30 Mon-Thurs in Holy Trinity Church in the Market Place).

Good Friday

10am, CTIR Good Friday Walk of Witness; starts from the RC Church in Newbiggin, ending outside Holy Trinity.

2:00 pm, Liturgy of Good Friday -

This quiet service on Good Friday gives an opportunity to step away from our busy lives and think about Jesus’ death and all that it means to us.

We sing some favourite hymns, and listen to some reflections and prayers.

During the service, as a form of confession, you are all invited to come and hammer a nail, if you wish, into the wooden cross.

7:00pm, Good Friday Worship -

Good Friday is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, so I would really urge you to come along if you possibly can to one or both of these services.

Easter Eve

7:00pm Easter Eve Compline -

Easter Eve is a day of quiet before Easter Day, and you are invited to end the day by coming to this final service of evening prayer.

Easter Day

8:00am BCP Holy Communion

10:00am Sung Eucharist

4:00pm Fun-Key Church

We return triumphant to church on Easter Day, to a church full of light and flowers and all the wonder and hope of new life. We will hear again the miracle of Christ’s resurrection and remember that this is our Saviour who also brings new life and new hope to our broken lives and our broken world. I look forward to celebrating with you.

A very happy and blessed Easter.

Yours in Christ       

Revd John

"A Special Report"

A poem written by George Alderson, one of our Readers as part of his Palm Sunday sermon.

A humble King upon a colt

rides into town with  great cheers.

He does not need the ballyhoo which, though so loud, he hardly hears.

He is the Christ; he's also Man. Subject to pain, and so he fears.

He knows that, soon, the soldiers come.

They will arrest him, armed with spears.

He'll stand before a crowd which mocks.

He'll suffer all their jibes and jeers.

At their behest, he's crucified.

There are few friends and fewer tears.

His Mother weeps beneath the cross.

And also he whom Christ reveres.

It is the end, or so it seems.

At least that's how it now appears.


Christmas 2015

 For an insight please see our Gallery and find us on Facebook.

St Mary's Church was delighted to welcome friends old and new to a variety of services during the Advent and Christmas period. 

Particular highlights included

Sunday 13th December at 6.30pm - Advent Choral Evensong

Sunday 20th December at 6.30pm - Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve at 4pm - The Crib Service - a family service with the opportunity for children of all ages to build up the Nativity tableau (dressing up is optional!)  This year we will again use the story of Angel Small (a book  illustrated by one of our congregation) to tell the story in hymns and words.

Christmas Eve at 11.30pm - Sung Eucharist (Midnight Mass) - when we celebrate the birth of Jesus

Christmas Day at 8am - BCP Holy Communion

Christmas Day at 10am - Sung Eucharist - a time to gather together and celebrate the birth of Jesus and light the final candle on the Advent wreath.

For images of previous years please visit our Gallery.