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Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about St Mary's.
Key information about the church...
Our main service of the week is 10am on Sundays. Please see Sunday Services page for details.
You will receive a warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team (who wear name badges) who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you would like to sit.
On one Sunday a month, there is service for children and adults together, called a Family Service. Its theme is drawn from the day’s Bible Reading. Through a talk, an activity, prayers, singing, we celebrate God’s love and the presence of Jesus Christ with us. It lasts around 45 minutes and is followed by Brunch.
On the other Sundays, the service is Holy Communion. In this service, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and in response, pray for the God’s church and world. Besides meeting Jesus Christ through the Bible Reading and Sermon, we also encounter him as we come forward to receive bread and wine, or a prayer of blessing towards the end of the service. At the end, we are blessed and go to serve God in the coming week. This service lasts just over an hour.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service when there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
Our weekly newsletter, The Grapevine, which tells you about what's going on in church that week, is handed out at our Sunday services and can also be downloaded in advance from this website.
Usually on the third Sunday of the month we have a Family Service at 10am where children are particularly welcome.
On the other Sundays, the service at 10am is Holy Communion. Children are welcome but 3 to 11 year olds are most welcome to join in with our Sunday School, otherwise known as Team JC. It starts at 9.45 with waffles and then they listen to a bible story and have a craft activity before going back to church for the remainder of the Holy Communion service.
The Children’s Corner is a space at the back of the church where parents can take their children and where you will find children's toys and books. There are also activity bags available for your children to use as they sit in the pews with you. Just ask one of the Welcomers (near the doors with name badges).
For more information about about how children and young people can be involved please visit our Children and Young People page or our Youth Group page.
No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in what you find comfortable.
Not at all! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you. You are welcome to sit and don't have to kneel or stand.
If you take communion in your own church, whatever denomination, please feel free to take communion with us. However, if you do not take communion, you and or your children are most welcome to come up to the altar rail at communion to receive a blessing. It helps us if you take your service book with you to indicate if this is what you want, especially for adults.
There are toilets in the Parish Rooms adjoining the church and there is also a toilet with disabled access in the south west corner at the back of the church which is open during services.
There is wheelchair access via our south door which has a ramp. There is also a section without pews in the main body of the church suitable for those in wheelchairs. If taking communion at our Sunday services then you can take it in the south chapel (no steps) or receive it where you are sitting - just ask one of the Welcomers (with name badges) beforehand. The church also has a wheelchair if needed.
Check out our Who's Who page as there are plenty of people you can email or phone who will be able to answer your questions.