St Mary’s is a large church with a congregation coming from a broad range of backgrounds and traditions. To cater for this, we have a wide range of worship services to take in the breadth of worship practice found within the Church of England.
Sunday 8.00a.m. ‘Said Holy Communion’
This is a quiet service of Holy Communion without music or hymns using ‘common worship, order 2 in traditional language’. You can expect, quiet liturgy, bible readings, a sermon and prayers said for the needs of the world. Led by one of our clergy team. Around 50 mins.
Usual attendance; around 15.
Sunday 10.00 a.m. ‘Sung Holy Communion’ or ‘main service’
This is our biggest service. Holy Communion with Choir, organ and sometimes a small band in support. Taken from ‘Common worship’, modern language with seasonal variations. You can expect about five hymns comprising a mix of traditional and modern, modern liturgy, bible readings, a sermon, prayers said for the needs of the world and a very warm welcome with drinks and biscuits after. Sunday school is provided for three weeks out of four each month during term time. (Second Sunday’s are our All-Age service - see below).
Led by our clergy team, assisted by our team of servers, organist, choir, band and other contributors.
Around 1hour 20 mins. Usual attendance around 130.
‘All-Age service’; 10:30a.m., Second Sunday each month - Coffee & Croissant from 10am
We begin with a shared breakfast of croissants and fresh coffee/tea and hot chocolate for the kids.
Our service begins around 10.30 with a mix of more modern worship songs led by the worship team/band. The morning could include puppets, dramatized bible readings, film clips, creative prayer stations, crafts and games. There will be a theme to the day, bible readings, prayer in some form, a short talk aimed at all ages and some light liturgy.
There is no Sunday school as we hope our children will enjoy this one too; mess and noise welcome!
The service should run for 45-50 minutes.
We then resume with the option for a ‘Said Holy Communion’ service in the chapel without any compulsion for busy families to stay.
Led by one of our clergy and our experience all-age team. Usual attendance around 110.
‘Explore Together’; 4pm, Third Sunday each month - Tea & Crumpets afterwards
Something for everyone - Mums, Dads & kids.
A time to explore themes together which resonate with modern family life - time, money, work, parenting etc etc.
Themes can be explored through drama, craft, music, reflective time or just chatting. You decide and choose how you want to Explore the theme on the day.
Very relaxed and informal – and ends with a mug of tea & crumpets!
When: 3rd Sunday of the month
Word and worship; 7.00 p.m. Fourth Sundays
A more informal, contemporary service held at the back of the church. Music is led by our worship team/band.
A ‘service of the word’. You can expect about 30 minutes of sung worship and informal prayer using modern songs, followed by an in depth teaching time following one of the books of the Bible. Prayer ministry is available following the conclusion.
Led by one of our clergy team and the band. Around 1hour 15mins. Usual attendance around 50.
Evensong; 7.00 p.m. First Sunday’s
This traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer is held in the choir each month and has a devoted, faithful following especially among our choir members. You can expect around six traditional hymns, sung canticles and responses, bible readings, a sermon and prayers for the needs of the world.
Led by one of our clergy team, organist and choir leaders. Around 1hour. Usual attendance around 12.
Taize; 7.00 p.m. Third Sundays
A quiet, contemplative service using chants and songs from the Taize community in France.
There is no formal content other than the opportunity to light a candle and conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.
Led by our Lay Reader and a team of musicians. Around 1 hour. Usual attendance around 10.
Tuesday Holy Communion at 10.30
A quiet ‘Said Holy Communion’ service from common worship. Especially for those who struggle either with the large congregation or early start on a Sunday. You can expect modern liturgy, no hymns, a short sermon, prayers for the needs of the world and a good cuppa with biscuits and friendly chat at the end! Led by one of our clergy team.
Around 1 hour. Usual attendance around 14.
Messy Church; 3.45-5.30 p.m. Fourth Wednesdays
A fun time for the whole family to come together to encounter God in a light hearted yet often surprisingly profound way! Arrive to a selection of toys and games out for the little ones, join in with a range of crafts themed around the Bible passage of the day, hear a bible story [or watch it acted and maybe join in], sing a song or two and then share a great meal together as one big family. Lots of fun, lots of mess with Jesus in the centre then take the kids home happy! What could be better?
Led by our ‘Children’s, Youth and Family Team Leader’ and the fabulous Messy team. Usual attendance around 60.