The Licensing of Rev. Tom Gillum

The induction and installation of Rev. Tom Gillum as the new vicar of St. Mary’s took place yesterday afternoon (Sunday, March 18th).

Despite the bitter cold wind, snow and ice the Church was packed with members of the congregation, long-standing friends of Tom and Joanna (many of whom had travelled from far afield to be present) and the leading members of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire civic society -most of whom were persuaded to sign the Order of Service shown at the left by the Parish Autograph Hunter…

The Rt. Rev. Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, lead the service and preached powerfully on the theme of St. Mary’s long history -and bright future, with it’s new leadership- of nurturing the young in a spirit of wonder, love and praise.  A PDF copy of his sermon is available here.

Having sworn his oaths and signed his declarations, six tolls of the tenor bell announced the beginning of his ministry at St. Mary’s.

A photo gallery showing the key events of the day is now available.

It is an exciting time for all at St. Mary’s: we are confident that with Tom’s guidance, we will be able to meet future challenges and opportunities for expanding our mission to the City of Nottingham.


Post-Easter Closures

St Mary’s operates on different hours during the post-Easter break than normal, partly because it’s Easter-tide and partly because the Choir is on a well-earned break.

The resulting changes to the ‘usual’ calendar are accordingly rather extensive!

Firstly: Service Time Changes

  • There are no week-day services from Monday April 2nd to Saturday April 7th inclusive. Practically, this means that there are no day-time Communion services on Wednesday 4th or Thursday 5th April. There is also no evening service of any kind on Wednesday 4th.
  • There will be a morning Eucharist as normal on Sunday 8th April at 10:45am, but the usual Evensong will be replaced with a service of Evening Prayer at 6:30pm

  • In the following week, the normal day-time communion services resume: so the 8:30am on Wednesday 11th and the 1:15pm on Thursday 12th will take place. The Evensong you’d usually expect on the evening of Wednesday 11th will, however, once more be replaced by a service of Evening Prayer.
  • Sunday 15th April sees the resumption of normal services. so there will be  a  sung Eucharist in the morning at 10:45am and a choral Evensong at 6.30pm.

Secondly, Visiting Hours Changes:

The Church remains open to visitors throughout the week of April 2nd to 7th, but with different hours from normal, as follows:

  • On Monday 2nd April, we open 11am to 3pm (instead of the usual 10am to 3pm).
  • On Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th, we open the usual 10am to 3pm.
  • On Thursday 5th, we open 11am to 3pm
  • On both Friday 6th and Saturday 7th, we again open for the usual 10am to 3pm hours.

Visiting hours revert to their standard 10am to 3pm from April 16th onwards.


New Administrator Appointed

After receiving several applications, we have today agreed to appoint a new administrator for the Parish.

Our chosen candidate (pictured left) is Howard Rogers.

He comes to us from Kent, via Sydney, with expertise in I.T., a track record of welcoming visitors to the church on Wednesday and a healthy dose of enthusiasm for his new undertaking.

His new post is part-time: the intention at this stage is for the administrator to be in-post 9am to 1pm five days a week, usually at the St. Peter’s parish office, but on Wednesdays within St. Mary’s itself. He can be emailed at [email protected]. The new Parish telephone number is: 07340 551799. It will be answered 9am to 1pm every week day and messages may be left outside those times.