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Social & Community

Social Events

925 dinnerSt Mary’s has a busy social life – both informally and through organised social events throughout the year. Some events take place in the Church Hall, but more often than not in the Church itself – so we deliberately pray and play in the same space! Details of events will usually be posted in the Latest News column on the right hand of each page.

The Herald

The Herald is our monthly community newspaper, with 3,000 copies delivered free to homes, shops and libraries in the parish. As well as carrying news from St Mary’s and the local community, The Herald is a good place to track down local tradesmen for any jobs and services you may require.

You can read download the current issue of The Herald as a pdf file here, as well as read previous issues.

Men’s Group

s MenThe gentlemen of the parish gather together approximately once a quarter, either for a fish & chip supper in the church hall, or a more formal meal at St Peter’s Bourne, followed by a guest speaker. Once or twice a year their corporate brawn is given useful employment in churchyard maintenance and odd-jobbing at the hall, or they’re allowed out for a trip into London. For more information, contact the Parish Office.

Women’s Group

Not to be outdone by the men, the women also get together through the year and enjoy slightly more classy meals out and trips to the theatre. Details from the Parish Office.

Monday Club

sheila and paulineEvery Monday afternoon from 2pm there is a chance for the over 60s to gather in the church hall for a varied programme of events and entertainment over a cup of tea.

On the first Monday of the month there is usually an informal celebration of the Eucharist following the main gathering. Details from the Parish Office.

Open Church

St Mary’s is open each Saturday between 10am and 2pm for those who wish to drop in for a bit of quiet, time to pray, or just to have a look around.

We have a rota of ‘church-sitters’ who are there to welcome visitors. If you would like to be involved in this way, then please contact the Parish Office for more information.

The Prince of Wales

carols pow shNow the only pub remaining in East Barnet Village, The Prince of Wales is an important gathering point for the community and members of the church. From time to time St Mary’s organises special events in the pub, and in the run up to Christmas spend a couple of evenings singing carols till closing time. See Latest News for dates and more information. There is also a Prince of Wales Group on Facebook.

Church Holiday Weekend

Most years, we go away together as a Church family, all-ages and all-sorts, and take over a hotel in Great Yarmouth in October! Amazingly the weather is almost always good to us, and it is a great opportunity to get to know each other a bit better. It is entirely social, and the only organised event is the home-grown entertainment in the bar on the Saturday night, which quite often stretches into Sunday morning! For those who wish to (and are awake in time) we join the congregation at St Nicholas’ Church for their morning service before returning to East Barnet after lunch.

Greenbelt Festival

DSCF4491Greenbelt is a  christian festival celebrating Arts, Faith and Justice, established in 1973 and first held in 1974. The 2009 Festival attracted just over 21,000 attendees to the Cheltenham site – and about 30 of them were from St Mary’s!

Once they have returned to East Barnet (and showered!) those who have been to the festival share their experience with the wider congregation by leading the 10am Service on the following Sunday.