What's On At St. Mary's


Parenting Children Course

Family life is under great pressure today. Parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. Discovering you are not alone in the challenges you face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference.

On this six session course you can hope to learn practical tools to help support your children. Topics include: a vision for the family; communicating love; who is influencing my children; family values; guiding, shaping and boundaries; modelling love and respect. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Freedom In Christ - Church Leaders Briefing

A Strategy For Effective Church-Wide Discipleship | future dates to be advised

Can you spare 2 hours to find out how Freedom In Christ Ministries can help your church develop a framework to help you turn converts into effective, fruitful disciples for years to come?


A church with growing, fruitful disciples of Jesus is a growing, fruitful church that is making a real difference.

Understanding how to make fruitful disciples, not just converts who are getting older, is a critical issue.

Historically, discipleship has often been seen as 'teaching Christians to behave in the right way'. But just 'trying harder' leads to joyless legalism.

In practically all of his letters to the churches, the Apostle Paul does not tell us a single thing about how to behave or what to do until the second half of the letter. Why? In the first half, he helps us understand who we now are and what we have in Christ. When we know these things, the rest follows: we live for God not because we feel we have to but because we know and love Him.

Freedom In Christ Ministries has equipped thousands of church leaders to use this 'identity-based discipleship' approach. They have gone on to disciple over 200,000 Christians in 4,000 UK churches using our core resource, The Freedom In Christ Discipleship Course. They report excellent results.

You and other leaders in your church are warmly invited to a briefing event, A Strategy For Church-Wide Discipleship. In two hours, we’ll outline three key concepts for developing a church-wide discipleship strategy and introduce you to our core tools.

If you like what you hear, we’d be delighted to go on to work with you as you develop a whole-church discipleship strategy. We do not offer a 'one size fits all' approach but love to help each church team identify their specific calling and gifting and select the tools that are appropriate for their own situation.

We encourage you to start small and take your time. So that these key Biblical principles become part of how you 'do church' and you establish a solid foundation for years to come.

This two-hour briefing for church leaders and leadership teams will outline the concepts of developing a church-wide discipleship strategy and introduce you to our core resources, The Freedom In Christ Discipleship Course and The Grace Course. So that you can begin to work out how they might fit with your own requirements.

The event is a great way of working out just how to move forward with church-wide discipleship in your own situation and how to lay a good foundation for years to come.

You'll be able to ask questions, compare notes with others and make an informed judgement on our resources so that you can select the tools that are appropriate for your own situation.

If you can't find an event near you, our one-day Making Fruitful Disciples event is a great alternative. Failing that, we recommend our free Introduction and Sampler DVD.

This Week

During this current period all Sunday Services and Midweek Activities that would usually take place in the church building have been suspended until further notice.  Please do join us for online activities.

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Purley on Thames
Reading, RG8 8BJ

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