The Mothers' Union is an international organisation, helping women and nurturing family life throughout the world. The St Mary's branch of the Mothers' Union is open to everyone (including men). It organises fund-raising events and talks. Members and supporters meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in the vestry.
For more information on the St Mary’s Mothers’ Union contact Pat Ingham on 020 8892 3798.
For information on the Mothers' Union internationally see their website www.themothersunion.org.
St Mary's Group
We are a social group and welcome newcomers. We usually meet on the second Monday evening in the month to listen to talks, visit local theatres or enjoy parties. We are also responsible for serving refreshments on the first Sunday of the month.
Our current programme of events is below:
For more information contact Sophy Fisher 020 8941 1772
A team of trained lay people who share in the pastoral care of the congregation and who visit the elderly, sick, housebound and bereaved. They are also available to visit newcomers to the church if they would like to find out more about St Mary’s as well as parents of children being baptised. A group of Ministers of Holy Communion visit anyone unable to get to church with the blessed sacrament.
For more information contact the Parish Visitor Coordinator, Margaret Mence, on 020 8977 3679.
A team working together with great camaraderie; they arrange the flowers in preparation for services, festivals, weddings and special occasions. Their special creativity comes to the fore for the annual Flower Festival forming part of the Summer Fayre. Training is available for new members.
For more information contact Joy Lee on 020 8744 2106.
St Mary's Scrubbers
A group committed to keeping the church clean.
For more information or to offer help contact Jenny Kelly on 020 8891 2866.
Sacristans are responsible for preparations for the celebration of the Eucharist.
For more information contact Jane Waterston on 020 8891 1385.
The Eco Group was set up by the PCC in 2010 to address ethical and environmental issues, in line with the Bishop if Londond's "Shrinking the footprint" campaign to raise awareness of ecological responsibility:
- in our church congregation
- in our local community
- in our personal stewardship of the world and its finite resources.
St Mary's achieved Fair Trade Church status some years ago, and also participated in the Bishop of London's celebration of London as a Fair Trade Diocese. The group has helped to formulate the PCC's Sustainability and Evironmental Policy as a basis for practical actions and longer-term discussion. In its meetings the Eco Group has focused on:
- Energy use: monitoring our heating and lighting and sourcing energy from an ethical supplier;
- Sourcing fair-trade food and drink for church meetings and events; at the Summer Fayre avoiding plastic plates and cutlery and monitoring ethical waste disposal; sourcing ethical supplies for the office and toilets;
- Raising awareness of ecological issues during Lent, Fairtrade Fortnight, World Environment Day, Harvest, etc. and piblicising these ideas with fluers, posters and the Sunday newsletter;
- Liaising with the Buildings Group and CHirchwardens in caring for the Churchyard, Garden of Remembrance and Hall planting;
- Supporting small scale producers in the world's poorer countries by fair-trade shopping through the monthly Traidcraft Stall;
- Sharing garden produce and donated plants and preserves to raise funds for the Traidcraft Foundation;
- Planting autumn bulbs in the churchyard with the Cubs and their parents.
The Eco Group oversees the management of the Oak Lane Cemetery, St Mary's burial ground for about 30 years in the 19th century, now jointly run by the Church and the Council. The Friends of Oak Lane Cemetery gave nearly 20 years of sterling work to maintenance and restoration. Currently the Council attend to tree care and boundary walls, while pruning and path-clearing are carried out by Richmard TCV (Trust for Conservation Volunteers) working parties. The remaining FOLC funds for maintenance tasks have been supplemented by specific fund-raising events. The Cemetery is now a haven for wildlife and a natural area of peace and quiet in the middle of urban Twickenham, well used by local residents.
Our role is to promote links with other denominations and faiths and to nurture greater understanding and respect between ourselves and those communities in this country and overseas. The group generally meets three times a year and recently has been responsible for helping to organise the Good Friday Walk of Christian Witness, St. Mary's involvement in Christian Aid Week and liaising with speakers from charities supported by the Church.
Several of our members belong to Hounslow Friends of Faith, where the different faiths to be found in that borough are represented, and one of our number, Barbara Witzenfeld, (tel. 020 8892 1731), organises a monthly interfaith knitting group, who meet on a Saturday morning.
Contact details: Sophy Fisher 020 8941 1772.
Hounslow Friends of Faith Walk of Peace and Friendship, visiting a Hindu temple, a Russian Orthodox cathedral, an Anglican church and a Buddhist Vihara.
A representative from Me, too and co., a charity for children with special needs, gave a talk arranged by our assistant priest, Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, at the Sunday morning service.
At Harvest Festival a talk was given on the work overseas of the Mothers' Union and, later that day, we hosted an evening of Hymns and Pimms, to which congregations from churches of other denominations were invited. In October listen to a talk by from a volunteer worker for the Alzheimer's Society within our Sunday service.
Interfaith Knitting Group
An offshoot of the Ecumenical Group, the Interfaith Knitting Group meets once a month on a Saturday morning to knit squares which are made into blankets for Fara for Romanian orphans. The group attracts members from different faith communities, including St Mary’s.
For more information contact Barbara Witzenfeld on 020 8892 1731.