Planning a visit to St Mary’s

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 most days. 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 a fixed ramp and handrails for wheelchair and pushchair access.

When you come into church, someone will meet you at the door and welcome you. 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.

Children are very welcome to come along to our services. Although we can’t currently offer children’s groups, we hope to in the future. In the meantime, they are welcome to bring things with them to read or play with if they would like to.

When you arrive at the church, a collection plate is available if you would like to make a donation to the church. We don’t normally pass a plate around during the service. Either way, please don’t feel embarrassed or obliged to give. 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 cold 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 10:30am services.

St Mary’s Pattern of Worship

Holy Communion
10:30am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
What? A traditional but informal 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 provision available for children who would like to come and share in communion.

Morning Praise Service
When? 10:30am on the 1st and 3rd 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.

Evening Prayer
When? 4:00pm 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 every Wednesday
What? A Celtic service of Morning Prayer using words from the Northumbria Community.