Men’s Ministry

Here at St. Mary’s we are fortunate to have a large number of men worshipping together within our sizeable congregation. To help us catch up with each other, and have fun, we set a schedule of events each year.
You will see from the schedule below that we have a variety of events:

St Mary's Men's Events 2018

The 2018 Men's Walking Weekend!

This year’s Men’s Walking Weekend is scheduled for 21st-23rd September 2018. If you’re not madly keen on walking, don’t worry. The focus of the weekend is spending good community time with each other – the walking is merely the excuse. Shorter walks are available for those who prefer not to walk long distances, or you can simply relax and tour the local sights / pubs while the rest of us get blisters.

The weekend’s walking starts at 9am Saturday morning with a 12-mile walk (or about 6 miles for the short version), with the evening devoted to eating, an entertainment, and a short service for those who wish to attend. There is a short walk (5-6 miles) on Sunday morning, ending with a pub lunch and then we all go home.

Overnight accommodation will be at a Youth Hostel, with breakfasts and evening meals included. A packed lunch on Saturday will be provided. The pub lunch on Sunday is not included in the price!

This year we have booked the Holmsbury St Mary Youth Hostel, located in the Surrey Hills, designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are a couple of options for the accommodation – either you can arrive on the Friday night and therefore stay for two nights (this costs £90) or arrive on the Saturday morning and stay for one night only (this costs £45).

If you would like to come please contact Richard Hearing, Richard Cowling or Simon Shirley. 


Other Events - Preliminary details, exact dates and times will be confirmed roughly 4 weeks before the event

26th May – Ralph Gough - Decorators Club!

OK, so it’s not really a club. The two church extension entrance doors are looking really tatty and are in need of renovation. And about time too! The church could either pay a contractor many hundreds of pounds (at least) to refurbish them, or a few capable blokes with a number of keen apprentices could do the job. This is where we come in. More details to follow…


May – John Spurgeon - Walking morning followed by a pub lunch.

Location to be decided. This will be a gentle amble through the countryside, time to chat with friends and make new friends. It could be said that the real reason for this is to end up in a country pub for lunch with a beer!


June – Alan Holmes – Gone to the dogs!

Yes, its back! Our most popular and enjoyable event.

We are off to Hitchin greyhound track again . We start at around 7pm with a meal at the track for around £10 (these are surprisingly good quality!), then plan to spend around between £10 and £20 on the racing. We view this as the cost of the evening – roughly what you would pay for a meal out in a restaurant. We don’t look to make money, we look to have fun. We all have a great time, many dress up for the evening!


August – John Milligan – Cycling

We already have a Saturday morning cycle club here at St. Mary’s. In August we plan to go out for a nice day-long ride to take in – yes you guessed it – a pub lunch. We always take quiet country roads or cycle paths. You don’t need to be super fit, the pace is quite reasonable.