Sunday Services

YouTube 12 Sept 2021

Now that government restrictions have been relaxed, it is no longer necessary to pre-book to attend services at St Mary’s.

We want you to continue to feel safe so we are keeping some measures in place for everyone’s benefit.
We will request Track and Trace details when you arrive and we encourage you to wear a face covering whilst in the church building, particularly if singing.

Hand sanitiser will be available and we will ensure that anyone wishing to maintain social distancing will be able to do so.

St Mary’s, SW will stop zooming Sunday services from the beginning of August as there is very little demand. Services will continue to be streamed on YouTube as at present. Debden, Wimbish, Wendens Ambo and Littlebury continue to offer Zoom services – details on the weekly email bulletin.

Wednesday 9.30am Holy Communion will be on Zoom this week for the last time and return to St Mary’s SW from 4th August.

From 7th September, Evening Prayer will be in the North chapel SW every first Tuesday of the month and on zoom for the rest of the month.

Sunday services taking place in the next fortnight

Click on the blue links below to find out more


Our usual pattern of Sunday Services can be seen below:

Each Sunday there is  a traditional Holy Communion service at 8am without music or singing. There is also a service at 10am which involves the choir and music and takes the form of Holy Communion except on most third Sundays of the month when there is a family service.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the 10am services when there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. There are also services each Sunday afternoon or evening which vary each week - see below.

Holy Communion at 8am (BCP)

This early morning communion service uses the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. There are no hymns, and there is a short sermon or talk. The service takes 40 minutes.

Team JC at 9.45am

Team JC (Our Sunday School) is for children aged 3 to 11 and meets on Sundays during term time, except  when there is a Family Service (usually the 3rd Sunday of each month).  Starting with breakfast in the Parish Rooms at 9.45am and finishing in the Church at 11.15am, there are stories, games and craft.

Holy Communion at 10am

The communion service that is usually on the first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays uses modern language liturgy from Common Worship and includes hymns along with a sermon.  During this time our children’s group, Team JC, meets nearby in the Parish Rooms and joins us just before we receive communion.  The service lasts about an hour and a quarter and refreshments are served afterwards. See photos taken at one of our 10am Holy Communion services.

Family Service at 10am

Usually on the third Sunday each month there is a shorter and more informal service which includes drama, a mix of contemporary songs and hymns and a short talk.   This lasts about 45 minutes and refreshments are served afterwards.

Holy Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing.

This service of Holy Communion usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and has a focus on prayers for healing. It includes hymns and a short talk and is held in the South Chapel.

Choral Evensong

This usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and lasts an hour. Using the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer this service includes an anthem and musical settings sung by the choir along with hymns and a sermon. To find out more have a look at our Choral Evensong service sheet.


A said service using the Book of Common Prayer which usually takes place on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter)

Taizé Service

A Taizé service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings. This takes places on Sunday afternoons/evenings several times a year in the North Chapel and lasts about 45 minutes. Download a past service sheet to give you a better idea about this service. Find out more about the Taizé Community here.

H2H at 6.30pm

(Highway to Heaven)  All are invited to our café-style worship led by our youth group, Aftershock.  H2H takes place in the Parish Rooms at 6.30pm on the 1st Sunday of each month.  Cake, coffee and tea provided. All welcome – young and old!