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 spring we will embark on a new course called “Daring to see God now”, spread over five fortnightly sessions.

The meetings will be on 7 and 21 February, 7 and 21 March and 4 April in the Parish Room, starting at 8pm and finishing by no later than 9.30pm. 

Taking Jesus’ proclamation of good news at the beginning of Mark’s gospel as a starting point, the course will offer an opportunity in a friendly and informal environment to explore questions about change, repentance, and how we can become in ourselves living evidence of the good news. 

New participants will be very welcome, and if you can only come to some of the meetings, that’s fine.

For more information, speak to Simon Hillson (either on a Sunday in church or by phone on 07970 165 907) - 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.