We understand it can be a bit daunting if you have never been to a church service before. But don’t worry, we have all been through the same thing ourselves, and so to make it a bit easier, this page gives you some idea of what to expect and what a church service is really like.
Firstly, you need to know how to find us. Click here for a map that shows where St Mary’s is. During the week, parking is available directly outside the church, and when there is a service or other event, we also open the church car park which is just in front of the church room.
The church is open every day. During the week, access to the church is through a gate from the main parking area and then through the small door at the front left of the building. If you require wheelchair access, please contact us and we can arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.
When there is a service or event in church, we open the main gates and also the main door which has portable ramps that we can put out for wheelchair access. If you are planning to come to a service or event, let us know in advance and we can make sure they are out and ready for you.
When you come into church, someone will meet you at the door and offer you a copy of our weekly news sheet, and an order of service and hymn book if you want them. The words and songs for most of our services are projected onto a large screen at the front.
Please feel free to sit where you like.
We do have an induction loop (for those with hearing difficulties). If you use a hearing aid, please switch it to the “T” setting.
If you have children, they can either sit with you or join the other children in the children’s area at the front right of the church where there are books and activities available. We soon hope to have groups for children during the services.
During the service, we usually take an offering or collection, as part of our gifts to God… but please don’t feel embarrassed or obliged to give. Simply pass the plate on. Many Church members give directly through the banking system.
Toilets can be found in the church room which is at the entrance to the churchyard. There is a disabled toilet, and also baby changing facilities.
After the morning service there is usually a chance for tea, coffee or a soft drink, served in the church room. It’s a great chance to catch up with others and to find out more about church life. Prayer ministry is available during and after all of the 10:45am services.
St Mary’s Pattern of Worship
BCP Holy Communion
When? 8:00am every Sunday
What? A traditional communion service using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
When? 10:45am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
What? A traditional but less formal communion service using modern language. These services are usually projected on the screen, and use a variety of traditional and modern worship songs. Families are welcome, and we have raisins available for children who would like to come and share in communion.
When? 10:45am on the 1st Sunday of each month
What? An informal service of worship, prayer, a short talk or other presentation to help us think about the theme for the service. These services are projected on the screen, and use more modern worship songs which are accessible to all ages.
When? 10:45am on the 3rd Sunday of each month
What? An informal service which is accessible to all ages. These services are projected on the screen, and use a variety of media including video, drama, craft, puppets, music (not all of them every month!) to help us to think about the theme for the service.
When? 6:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except August)
What? A blend of traditional Evening Prayer, and time for open and spoken prayer together as the Holy Spirit leads.
Midweek Morning Prayer
When? 9:30am fortnightly on Wednesdays
What? A blend of traditional Morning Prayer, and time for open and spoken prayer together as the Holy Spirit leads.