How many people know how much of the spiritual, social and cultural life of Woodbridge takes place on the Market Hill, whether in St Marys Church or in St Marys Church Centre? In the church itself there is a service every weekday as well as a full programme of worship on Sundays and festivals, plus baptisms, weddings and funerals. Local schools use it for services and assemblies, and a recent welcome development has been its use for public concerts and recitals. In the tourist season it is staffed by stewards every day to welcome visitors.
St Marys Church Centre is the large building just to the left of the steps leading down to the church. It includes the parish office, church shop, parish hall and meeting rooms. In the past year it has had 350 bookings. As well as parish activities such as Guides and Brownies, Mothers Union, parish committees, choir and bell ringers, it has been popular with many other individuals and organisations in Woodbridge, booked for childrens parties, exhibitions, art classes, charity fundraising, yoga classes, political party meetings and as a polling booth.
ST MARYS FOCUS GROUP is living up to its name with a focus this year on Vocation. Mary-Anne Bartlett, spoke to us in January of how she became an artist and set up her exciting venture, Painting Safari, which combines travel, art and charity. A cathedral organist, Giles Brightwell, spoke to us in February, and in March Nick Cottam will talk about his work as a journalist and editor. In April we have a teacher and in May a solicitor.
Focus Group is a monthly fellowship for men and women who come together to learn from speakers and each other, to pray together and share companionship and a social concern. The Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month in St Marys House on Market Hill, Woodbridge at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Anna Ashton (via the Parish Office)
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