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 as we are still taking a cautious approach to Covid-19. For services and events, access to the church is through a gate from the main parking area and then through the main door which has a fixed ramp and handrails for wheelchair and pushchair access. Special arrangements can be made for those with mobility needs, so please contact us if this applies to you.
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, and we have areas of the church where those who would still find social distancing a comfort can sit.
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 keep them with you, and bring 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.
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 10:00am services.
Our latest Covid-19 guidance 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.
When? 4:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month (October – March), 6:00pm (April to September)
What? A blend of traditional Evening Prayer, and time for open and spoken prayer together as the Holy Spirit leads.