Ash Wednesday – 6 March

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a season of self-examination, repentance and preparation for Easter. Since the Middle Ages, Christians have observed the start of Lent by having their foreheads marked in ash with the sign of the cross as a gesture of penitence and as a recognition of mortality.  All are welcome to join us for our Ash Wednesday services:

12.30pm: Eucharist with Litany (Holy Family Chapel)

8pm: Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes (Nave)

25 February – ‘Songs and Sonnets’

Join us at St Mary’s Balham on Monday, 25th February at 7.30pm for the second in our ‘Interactions’ series, an evening of ‘Songs and Sonnets’ with the priest and poet Malcolm Guite. Admission is free and open to the public. Please contact for details.

28 January – ‘Unlocking the Church’

Everyone is welcome to join us this Monday the 28th at 7.30pm for the first in our ‘Interactions’ series of talks here at St Mary’s Balham on art and faith.  The Revd Prof William Whyte (University of Oxford) will speak on ‘Unlocking the Church: the lost secrets of Victorian sacred space’.  Admission is free.  Contact for details.

Wanted: Joint Parish Administrator

St Mary’s Balham and All Saints’ Tooting

We are seeking a joint Parish Administrator with good communication skills to maintain an efficient parish office in each of our churches, to manage lettings, produce parish publications, and provide general secretarial support to the Vicars.

All Saints’ and St Mary’s are lively and friendly parish churches situated in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Balham and Tooting in south-west London.  Each is readily accessible by public transportation.  Both are inclusive, diverse, and modern churches in the liberal catholic tradition, seeking to enrich our communities through worship and service.

The post is part-time (24 hours per week) at £11/hr.  As Administrator, you must maintain regular office hours in both locations, 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 of St Mary’s, 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 Fr Robert by Friday, 1 March 2019.  Appropriate candidates will be invited to attend for interview.

In line with diocesan policy, enhanced DBS disclosure is required.


Join us this Sunday as we mark the Feast of the Epiphany, when we celebrate the revelation of God to the nations in the person of Jesus Christ.

There will be a short Said Eucharist (BCP) at 8am, followed by a Festal Sung Eucharist at 10.30am.  Families are very welcome.