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 currently closed during the week except when we offer supervised private prayer. Access to the church is through a gate from the main parking area and then a one way system is in place with entry through the main door which has a fixed ramp and handrails for wheelchair and pushchair access, and exit through the chancel door. Special arrangements can be made for those with mobility needs.
When you come into church, someone will meet you at the door and explain where to sit once you have used the hand sanitiser available. We have tried to make everything feel as relaxed as possible so that we can enjoy being together for prayer and worship. The words and songs for our services are projected onto a large screen at the front.
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 are welcome to come along too but we ask you to help us observe social distancing by keeping them with you, and bringing things with you for them to do if needed.
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. As you enter the building, a plate will be available if you would like to contribute. 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. These are kept locked at the moment, but someone is on duty at each service with a key to enable access.
A helpful Q&A sheet can be downloaded here.
St Mary’s Pattern of Worship
When? 10:00am alternating with Morning Praise
What? A communion service using modern language. Following current guidance, no singing will be taking place and we are only able to offer wafers during communion.
When? 10:00am alternating with Holy Communion
What? An informal service of prayer, a short talk or other presentation to help us think about the theme for the service.
Night Prayer and a Night Cap
When? 8:00pm on Wednesdays
What? An online service of Evening Prayer using a Celtic liturgy. You are welcome to bring a drink of your choice as we spend time together in prayer. This takes place via Zoom, so please contact us for the link to join us if you would like to.