At St Mary’s the sermons at all of our three Sunday services provide the most frequent opportunities to consider aspects of the Christian faith.

We are fortunate in currently hearing sermons from Associate Priest Revd. Judith Bersweden, Fr Jim Rosenthal from St James’s Church, Martin Way, and the Revd Naomi Whittle, as well as the Vicar, Revd John Hayward. Each brings a different style and life experience to bear on their preaching, centred around, but not limited to, the lectionary readings for the particular Sunday.

A regular study group meets at St Mary’s (our Pilgrim Group, details below) and additional opportunities are offered at our neighbouring parish of St James, with which we have good links.

Further afield, but still very near, Roehampton University and St Paul’s Cathedral offer some excellent resources and lectures with world-class speakers.

Pilgrim Group

We meet for study, prayer and fellowship and to learn from each other as pilgrims on the journey of faith.  

This summer we will be reading together “Learning to Dance” by Michael Mayne.  A “magical weave of poetry, science and spirituality, touching on the longings, doubts and hopes of all of us” and exploring “the borderland between faith and contemporary living”, it has been described as  “a landmark in the exploration of contemporary spirituality”.  

The meetings will take place on 9 and 23 May, 13 and 27 June and 11 and 25 July in the Parish Room, starting at 8pm and finishing by no later than 9.30pm.  

New participants will be very welcome.  For more information and particularly if you would like a copy of the book, speak to Simon Hillson (either on a Sunday in church or by phone on 07970 165 907 or email - or just turn up.


Short introductory leaflets on various aspects of Christian faith and practice can be downloaded from the Gospel Imprint website at

Other resources

Further afield

  • Roehampton University - 5 miles away. 
    Catherine of Siena College offers online courses in gender studies, justice, religion and theology.
  • University of Roehampton Theology for Everyone website
  • St Paul’s Cathedral -10 miles away
    Brochures advertising world class events and lectures at St Paul’s Cathedral are to be found amongst the information in the tower at St Mary’s. Follow this link for further details of lectures that attract speakers of national and international standing, fostering an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times: equality, stewardship and the meaning of the common good.