Christmas at St Mary’s


CHRISTMAS EVE, 24 December
8am Said Eucharist (BCP)
10.30am Sung Eucharist for Advent IV
4pm Family Crib Service
11.30pm Midnight Mass

CHRISTMAS DAY, 25 December
8am Said Eucharist (BCP)
10.30am Festal Eucharist for the Nativity of our Lord

All are very welcome to join us as we celebrate Christ’s coming among us.

Advent Carols Service

Join us this Sunday evening at 6.30pm for our Advent Carol Service, an opportunity to enter into this season of watching and waiting for the arrival of Christ in our midst.

Situation Vacant: Parish Administrator

We are seeking a Parish Administrator with good communication skills to maintain an
efficient parish office, manage lettings, produce parish publications, and provide general
secretarial support to the Vicar.
St Mary’s is a lively and friendly parish church situated on the High Road at the heart of
the Balham neighbourhood in south-west London. We are an inclusive, diverse, and
modern liberal-catholic church seeking to enrich our local community through worship
and service.
The post is part-time (9.5 hours per week) at £10.20/hr (London Living Wage). As
Administrator, you must maintain regular office hours, but there is some flexibility in
establishing the pattern of work. You must be able to act on your own initiative, have
good IT skills, an eye for detail, and be comfortable working alongside volunteers. An
understanding of how a parish church works would be an advantage.
For further particulars, please contact the Vicar, the Revd Dr Robert Tobin, at, or on 020 8673 1188.
Applications by email (including a covering letter explaining your interest in the post,
your C.V., and two reference contacts) must be sent to the Vicar by Friday, 12
January 2018. Appropriate candidates will be invited to attend for interview.
In line with diocesan policy, enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

Reverend Robert Tobin Induction

The Rev’d Robert Tobin was Instituted and Inducted as Vicar of the parish by The Right Reverend Richard Cheetham Bishop of Kingston at the service on 4 September 2017 which brought the interregnum to an end; and so a new stage in the life of St Mary’s Balham begins.

Our new Vicar is named.

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Southwark, in consultation with the joint Patron Keble College, Oxford, has appointed the Rev’d Robert Tobin to the post of Vicar of St Mary and St John the Divine Balham in the Deanery of Tooting, subject to the usual legal formalities.

Robert is Chaplain of Oriel College Oxford.  He was previously Chaplain at Harvard University in the USA and served his curacy at Beaconsfield in the Diocese of Oxford.

Robert and his wife Olivia will move to Balham over the summer and will be licensed by the Bishop of Kingston at the beginning of September.

Please see the ‘interregnum’ page for additional information.