We really want you to be part of our community that God is building here at St Mary’s. If you would like to get more involved there are lots of ways of doing this.
The quickest way to join in, make new friends and feel part of the church is to join a Life Group and volunteer your time and energy.
There are so many ways to get involved. From serving coffee to DIY, being part of the worship team running projection or ministering with our children and youth or joining the Oasis Coffee Stop.
Each of us has a vital role to play in building a strong church. We hope that God is inspiring vision and hope in each one of us as we seek to serve God.
St Mary’s Community Opportunities
Our aim is to provide facilities and services that give opportunities for the growth of all members of our Community to fullness & maturity. We believe this is best achieved by integrating our Christian distinctiveness into our practical resources. We encourage members of each group to network with other groups and to join any that seem appropriate.
Here are some of our Opportunities
Nursery – is held daily for children aged from 2 to 4. For some families, government funding is available via the “FEET” scheme
Family Contact – runs on alternative Saturdays and gives supervised opportunities for estranged couples to have access to their children
Oasis Coffee Stop – meets every Thursday morning during term time and provide a relaxing opportunity for tea, coffee and cake and a chat
Social Services – meet for case conferences and also use our facilities to work with families
U3A – we currently host classes in Sociology, Psychology, Astronomy, Line Dancing, Ballroom/Tea Dancing, Flower Arranging, Italian, Photography & Pottery
Cruse – a group that supports folk who have been bereaved
Women’s Institute – is a large and successful group who enjoy a wide range of stimulating activities
Pinewood Women – a group of local ladies who meet weekly to enjoy social activities and a variety of visiting speakers
Welcome Team – a group that caters for those with mental and/or emotional challenges. We host a “Mindfulness” group, a Cooking group and a Film group
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – our Beavers colony enjoys almost 20 members and we have thriving Cub and Scout troops
Weightwatchers – Melanie hosts this on a Saturday morning
New Horizons – provides support for patients and families who have an association with gynaecological cancer
Pilates – we have two classes: Julia runs private sessions and John oversees NHS referrals
Zumba – Debbie runs this energetic class on Thursday evening
Frimley Park Hospital – the group supporting Diabetic patients meets regularly, and during the school holiday we host the very popular Squirrels Playscheme
Daisy Birthing – Sara runs this unique and popular preparation/relaxation course for expectant mums on a Tuesday evening
St Mary’s Writers – this group explores opportunities for Creative Writing in a variety of contexts. Visiting speakers from time to time enhance their skills & repertoire
Men’s Group – we meet quarterly for social events. To date we have visited Hog’s Back Brewery, a local skittle alley, a local Indian restaurant, and a New Wine Men’s event
Besom – this local “foodbank” helps families in their time of greatest need
Surrey Heath Carers – meet regularly for group sharing sessions and for “pamper days”. Relatives in a caring role for a loved one find these opportunities a great source of comfort and support
Frontline Debt & Benefit Support – clients needing help and advice with benefits and handling creditors meet advisors to provide much needed information and practical support
Job Club – meets each Friday to provide help and support to folk looking for employment, working alongside to help assess strengths, confidence building, CV writing and job applications in a friendly relaxed environment
Credit Union – as an outpost of SurreySave Credit Union we offer banking services each Friday morning giving opportunities for regular saving and taking out loans at competitive interest rates
Alzheimer’s Café – takes place on the third Monday evening of each month and offers a free, relaxed meeting place for patients, family and carers of those with dementia. Visiting speakers offer useful practical information and support
Alpha – with a strapline of “What am I doing here? – got questions about life” we meet over 10 weeks to discuss answers and fundamental spiritual issues that are implied and enjoy a good meal together
Nepalese Church – members of our Nepalese community meet on Sunday afternoons and use our church for worship. We are exploring ways of further supporting these families with learning English, cooking and other interests
Songs of Praise – held on the third Thursday afternoon each month, we meet to sing and worship and finish with cakes and tea!
Cameo – meets at lunchtime on the first Wednesday of each month, and we provide a hot meal particularly for those who are lonely or disadvantaged
Midweek Communion – meets each Wednesday at 11am
Occasional Bookings – We support members of our local Community on an “ad hoc” basis. Such bookings have recently included “The Corner Hub” gift Christmas sale, Dr Denton’s Diabetes Event, Surrey Heath Singers rehearsals, and meetings for our Ward Councillors with local business leaders
Waitrose Partnership – we enjoy a healthy partnership with our local Frimley Waitrose. It has helped fund our CAMEO Christmas Party and has provided a cook to help with our regular CAMEO monthly meals
Local Providers and Suppliers – where possible we use local providers, workmen and suppliers for maintenance, repair and servicing our building and its appliances. We use local retailers and businesses for food, I.T. expertise and resources
Local Partners – We partner with local charities, groups and services to provide a range of opportunities for you. We have a special interest in supporting the disadvantaged in our Community. We work with the Police and Council officers to ensure your wider needs are met