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The People’s Project video

Man with a pan video

The National Lottery People’s Project has produced a video showing how the Man with a Pan project took shape at St Mary’s in Camberley.


To find out more about St Mary’s, please drop us a message or call in to see us on Park Road in Camberley.

Man with a pan video


Camberley Youth for Christ

Get excited about a new monthly gathering for 15-25s coming to Camberley this September 2018!

For those wanting to explore the BIG questions of life (i.e. “What’s the POINT in life”). For those wanting to meet others and be part of a new community.

With food, contemporary music, engaging talks, games, and opportunities for prayer.

It’s for youth and young adults across Surrey Heath.


Sunday 23rd September @ 18:00

Sunday 14th October @ 18:00

Sunday 18th November @ 18:00

Sunday 9th December @ 18:00

Join us at High Cross Church in Camberley (knoll road, GU15 3SY)

Man with a Pan

‘Man with a Pan’ Courses

With Camberley Alzheimer Café CIO

At St. Mary’s, Park Rd. Camberley GU15 2SR

The Man with a Pan courses have been run at St. Mary’s since September 2017. There are designed for older men taking on the cooking role in their home. They may be isolated and lonely from having looked after a partner for many years. They know that they are unable to cook and so managed with cake and biscuits of packaged meals. The need for cooking classes for these men was brought to the attention of the Camberley Alzheimer Café who had the capabilities, opportunity and will to address the issue. We knew of Mr. Robin van Creveld, lecturer/chef, who had experience at St. Mary’s in working with mothers and reduced income. We were able to get the funding from the ‘Awards for all’ Big Lottery, Johnsons Wax and the Co-op Southern Branch.

Man with a Pan

The classes of Man with a Pan, allowed for 6 men on each 5-week course meeting once a week with a reunion for all at a later date. They learned to prepare delicious, stress-free, affordable and healthy meals. The men were taken through all aspects of nutrition including budgeting, planning, purchasing, hygiene and health and safety in the kitchen. Using an international menu, the cooks learned the basic skills which included various adaptations to suit the palate of many. From minestrone soup, cheeses scones and apple crumble to tandoori chicken, vegetable samosas, lasagne to tiramisu they ventured. The men completed each session with a meal they had cooked, they then took home a portion for another day. Bit this was not the end. There was homework, and this included the purchase of ingredients and preparation of one of the items they had cooked on the day! Delicious recipes these were.Man with a Pan
The men cooked and got to know one another. They shared stories from their lives and ‘put the world to rights’. This was the secondary aim: relieving men of loneliness and isolation (contributable to constitutional illness). Here they could and did make friends. They returned with gusto to the first reunion and look forward to the second. Hopefully this opportunity will enable them to remain friends and this leads to the second part of this story!

The Camberley Alzheimer Café have been invited to apply for funding to expand this work to the Community and this we have done. We have taken a three-stranded approach with Mr. Robin van Creveld guiding the process. We are asking for funding to enable the following:
1. 4 ‘Man with a Pan’ Courses
2. 4 Healthy Heart Cooking Courses and with a rota of students from the courses
3. Cook for the monthly Camberley Alzheimer Café guests (11 times a year) providing for 50 meals plus 50 meals for the needy in our town including the homeless.

In the end it will be the public who decide who is allotted sufficient funding to expand the project into their community. Whilst observing the embargo on the press and radio till 12th. April, we are working to give the public the chance to become familiar with the term ‘Man with a Pan’ in the hope they will view us with a more favourable eye. Posters are being offered to the various businesses and institutions for public display. Wherever we go, the public illustrate their curiosity as to what lies ahead.

For information on how to vote, please contact Maureen on 01276 675 266

Maureen J. Hume,
Camberley Alzheimer Café Chair/Coordinator.
St. Mary’s Church,
Park Rd.,
GU15 2SR


A Baptism Celebration – Dinks McCoubrie

Baptism Celebration

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives and is the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates and congregation, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcomed Dinks, promising support and prayer for her. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with Dinks as a member of the Church.

We celebrated with Dinks McCoubrie on her special day and listened how She had been welcomed into St Mary’s and re-embarked on her journey of faith with Jesus.

St Marys Nursery Tour

St Marys Nursery Tour

January 2018

Our PCC went to visit the new st marys nursery in Watchetts recreational ground to see first hand how the journey that was started three years ago has come to fruition. With the amazing generosity of local charities, organisations and local council this incredible cedar wood building, standing on the site of the old bowling green is finally open and ready to help pre school children start of their journey of education. On many occasions we put our trust in God and this was one of those special days when we could clearly see how many people had done just that.

Nativity From Scratch 2017

It’s Nativity Time! It’s that time of year again when our Church Family come together to retell the story of the birth of Jesus. It’s a fun time where we try and involve as many as possible to remember who our Saviour was born into the World.

We welcome everyone to come and join us for Worship and Praise at any of our Services, which can be found here on our service times page.

The Story of the Nativity – “The Birth of a Babe”

A magnificent brightness lit up the sky when an angel appeared to Mary, a young pure women, who was engaged to be married to Joseph. The angel announced that she was going to have a baby.

“That’s impossible for I am not yet married,” answered Mary.

“This baby will be very special. He will be the Son of God.”

Although Mary did not fully understand she agreed to the Word of God. She was devout.

Some months later Mary and Joseph were married. When it was near to her time they travelled to Bethlehem but found it very crowded. Not a room was available. Then one kind man noticing how tired and heavy with child she was offered them the use of a stable.

Gentle animals – cows, donkeys, lambs and poultry – greeted them. During the night Mary’s boy child was born. She wrapped the baby Jesus in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger cushioned with hay. The cows, donkeys and sheep peered into the manger and with their constant breathing kept the baby warm whilst Mary slept.

Out in the countryside beyond Bethlehem the bright light that appeared in the sky was seen by some shepherds tending their flocks. They became frightened until an angel appeared and told them not to be.

“I have great news. A child has been born in a stable in Bethlehem who will save all the world.”

They were amazed and decided to go and see this ‘Saviour’ for themselves. With their flocks they arrived at the stable and gazed down in wonderment at the baby Jesus. They then set off to relate this happy event to all in the area.

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace to men who enjoy his favour.”

The shepherds returned to the hills glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.

Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.

That same bright light had been seen by three wise men in the East. They knew a great king had been born.

After travelling to Jerusalem and enquiring from King Herod where this king might be they were instructed by him to “please find him and tell me of his whereabouts.”

A star lead them to Bethlehem and to the baby Jesus.

The three wise men entered the stable and worshiped the baby. They gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Before returning to the East God sent them a message not to see Herod. They therefore returned home by a different route.

This is the story of the Nativity.



A Celebration Baptism

Baptism Celebration

Today we have started Lindsay on her Christian journey. God has touched her with his Love and given her a place among his people. God promises to be with her in joy and sorrow, to be her guide in life, and to bring her safely to heaven.

In baptism God invites us on a life-long journey. Together with all God’s people Lindsay will explore the way of Jesus and grow in her friendship with God, in the love for his people, and in serving others.


Christmas Wreath Workshop

Christmas Wreath WorkshopThis November we will be running, a fabulous Floristry Christmas Wreath Workshop at Craft Cafe. Ella Quinn Florals will be demonstrating and introducing us to floristry with a christmas twist.

We will create our very own (artificial) Christmas wreath.

The workshop will run on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at Craft Cafe in Camberley, 7.30pm to 10.00pm.

The Floristry Christmas Wreath Workshop is £15.00

The workshop will be held at St Mary’s Church, Park Road, Camberley, GU15 2SR

Absolutely no experience is necessary, to create a Christmas wreath.

We take a pre-payment before the class and this will include admission into craft cafe and material costs.

Make your payment to, through your own PayPal account please put your name as reference. Otherwise we will send you a link to pay through PayPal.

If you don’t have a PayPal account then get in touch and we can discuss another form of payment before the class.

If you don’t want to do the workshop, you can still come along and bring your own craft project to work on.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Baptism of Aria-Renae

Welcome to the Family Aria-Renea!

On Sunday 10th September 2017 we welcomed Aria-Renae Brolly into the St Mary’s Church Family with her family and friends where she was baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for her and a special day for all her friends and family.

Over the years to come, it’s a journey Aria-Renae’s family will share together by being there for her to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love. Her family and friends will pray for her through the ups and downs of her faith journey, showing her practically how to make those good choices in life and helping her to learn more about her Christian faith, through the church and with her Church Family.

Sensory Services coming to St Mary’s

Mobile Sensory Service

Wednesday 6th September 2017

12:00pm – 2:00pm

The Sensory Services expert staff will be able to give advice, provide information and signpost to relevant local services and networks. They will also be able to demonstrate and supply a range of specialist equipment and will offer basic NHS equipment assessments and repairs.

To find out more about Sensory Services, please visit their website here:


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