St Mary the Virgin Lewisham’s Historic Parish Church 918 AD- 2018
This year St Mary’s celebrate 1100 years of life at the heart of the community of Lewisham. A Royal Charter of September 918 AD marks the moment when the parish of Lewisham was gifted to the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter’s, Ghent. Princess Elfrida (Aelfthryth), daughter of Alfred the Great, married Baldwin, Count of Flanders and this link between Lewisham and Ghent was established.
The church has announced a series of celebratory services, concerts, talks and parties to give thanks for this great moment in the life of the Church and the beginning of Lewisham as a major settlement. The whole community in Lewisham is invited to share in the celebrations and learn about Lewisham’s ancient history — and future.
For more information see website. www.lewishamparish.corn
Words- Canon Steve Hall, vicar at St Mary’s
Summer of Events
May 8th -17th – Holy Land Pilgrimage
Saturday 19th May – Royal Wedding of Meghan and Harry. Big screen at St Mary’s Dress up! FREE!
29th June-1st July – Ghent Weekend with visitors from St Peter’s Abbey, Ghent.
Music and talks, with Mass with Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun (10.00am on Sunday)
Saturday 21st July – Family Fun Run, Ladywell Arena
Sunday 22nd July, 12 noon – Family Picnic in St MAry’s Meadow, bring a picnic, open to all.
21-23 September – 1100th Birthday Weekend celebrating the Royal charter of 918 AD with out Lady of Lewisham Patronal Festival with Bishop Karowei of Woolwich
Sunday 30th September 4.40pm – Rev Abraham Colfe , Musical celebration
Saturday 6th October – Free World Music Workshop for all.
Sunday 7th October, 10.00 am – Harvest Thanksgiving
Sunday 14th October 4.30pm – ‘Roquiem’ Music concert