Annual Events

Advent

During Advent a candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas, as we remember the Patriarchs and the Prophets of the Old Testament, John the Baptist and Mary.

St Marys Church photo

  • Advent Carol Service  – our Advent Carol Service is held on the evening of Advent Sunday, which is four Sundays before Christmas.  For this we are joined by the Marble Hill Singers.
  • Christingle – a family service on a Sunday afternoon in Advent with Christingle candles and carols, when a collection is made for the Children's Society.
  • Nativity Eucharist – 9.30am on the third Sunday of December, when the children perform the Christmas story.
  • Parish Carol Service – with readings, carols and Christmas anthems on a Sunday evening close to Christmas, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
  • Business Community Carol Service – held on a weekday evening for all who work or live in the local area.
  • Funeral Directors Carol Service  –  together with local funeral directors a service of carols and readings for all those whose loved ones have recently died.

Christmas Eve

  • Crib Service – 4.00pm.  A service suitable for  children, as we give thanks for the birth of Jesus.
  • Midnight Mass – 11.00pm 

Christmas Day

  • 10.00am Festival Eucharist

Lent

  • Ash Wednesday – Eucharists with the traditional lturgy of ashing at 10.00am and 8.00pm
  • Lent Groups – a chance to meet in small groups to explore different aspects of our Christian faith. These groups meet once a week for a five-week period  and help us prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

Holy Week

Photo of the cross

  • Services – the Eucharist is celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm.
  • Maundy Thursday – 8.00pm Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot-washing and prayer vigil. 
  • Ecumenical Walk of Witness on Good Friday morning together with other churches.
  • Good Friday – a series of mediations on Christ's sacrifice on the Cross from midday until 2.30pm followed by the liturgy of Good Friday and Communion at 2.30pm until 3.00pm.
  • Holy Saturday - a service when we pray the souls of all those buried in our grounds into the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Easter Day

  • 8.00am and 10.00am Festival Eucharist of the Risen Christ with the lighting of the Paschal Candle and renewal of baptismal vows.

Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting

  • Usually held in April with the Vestry Meeting for all whose names are entered on St Mary’s Electoral Roll - to elect Churchwardens, new members to the Parochial Church Council and Deanery Synod,  to approve the annual accounts and receive reports from our vision groups.

Summer Fayre and Flower Festival

  • In conjunction with events in Church Street and part of the Twickenham Festival, the Summer Fayre and Flower Festival are held on a Saturday in June. For 2013 this will be on Saturday 8 June.

Celebration Sunday

  • Open air Eucharist in the Garden of Remembrance  –  third Sunday in June (weather permitting).

Harvest Thanksgiving

  • Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist – third Sunday in September.

Bishop Alan Rogers Memorial Address

  • In memory of Bishop Alan Rogers who was Vicar of Twickenham between 1949 and 1955 and an active member of St Mary’s during his retirement, this address is given by a guest speaker to honour the memory of this innovator in the Church of England.

Annual Pilgrimage to Walsingham

  • Members of St Mary's travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the autumn of every year to pray in the holy house.