We meet on Sundays at 10am and 6.30pm. The first service is livestreamed and available to watch back during the week. Many of us continue to join in with church from home, but some are able to attend in person. There are a number of restrictions and to maintain social distancing we are asking you to book if you would like to attend.
We've made a short video to give an idea of what it will be like to come to a service:
- Naturally you should not attend if you have any symptoms of possible coronavirus infection, but self-isolate at home with any other household members.
- Please go to the toilet in your own house!! There will be a one in one out approach with limited numbers at the church toilets.
- You will receive a time slot for arrival, so that there is no crowded bunching – please try to keep to that time.
- It would be good to bring your own Bible or app.
- We need to maintain 2 metre social distancing between individuals or different household groups. Let’s be considerate with others and resist the temptation to run up to them when we see them – but we can talk to another household.
- The stewarding team will direct you to your seats. If you do not want to be in the livestream video, ask to sit in the Non camera zone.
- Face coverings – guidance has just been issued by the Church of England which "strongly advises that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship”. We had intended to suggest it might be good to wear a face covering, but now need to say that we all ought to do so with a few exceptions like children under 11.
NB FROM AUGUST 8 FACE COVERINGS WILL BECOME MANDATORY AT SERVICES
- It will be good to have children present also, and primary school age children will be able to be in the hall for the entire service, but remaining socially distanced.
- There will be no crèche or tumblers, so we all need to be ready to bear with each other, and not be judgemental about children in the service.
- After the service, having left the building you may like to meet up with others – up to 6 individuals outside or two households – perhaps a walk in the park, or in someone’s garden. Zoom coffee will be available more so for those watching on-line.
About Our Services
We are a group of ordinary people of different ages and from different backgrounds. Many of us are from other countries too. What we have in common is that we want to learn more about growing in our faith and living our lives according to the way God teaches us in His Bible. You don't have to be a Christian to come and see what we are about.
Refreshments are provided in the Hall after each service. This is a chance for people to catch up and meet new people. You could leave straight away but most people do stay. If you would like to know more about St Mary's, speak to a steward (those with badges), or enquire at Reception. Please stop by - we would be happy to meet you.
Come as you are
Everything you need for the service will be provided for you on arrival so no need to bring anything with you.
We don't have a dress code. Please feel free to wear what ever you feel most comfortable in. Jeans or suits - it's up to you. Most dress casually.
It would be great (but not essential) if you could fill in a visitor card when you come. These can be found on the tables by the doors leading out of the main Auditorium. They help us to keep in contact if you would like us to.
No collection is taken at any services. Our regulars contribute to the running of the church so our guests don't have to.
Our morning services have a contemporary style with songs and hymns, a children’s spot right at the beginning (just before they go out to their own activities), prayers, readings and a sermon. We have Holy Communion once a month. The invitation is open to all baptised believers and there is no pressure to take part if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
We have a service at 9am, which is then repeated at 10.45am. Both services are identical, so you can choose to attend whichever is more convenient. At certain times of year, such as Christmas and during the summer we may have a combined service at 10am. Check the Calendar to find out when these are.
On the fourth Sunday of the month, there is a signer for the deaf and hard of hearing at the 10.45 service. See Accessibility for more.
Church like never before!
Funday Sunday happens on the first Sunday of every month. It is an informal service for all the family, including games, craft, fun, quizzes, challenges and a Bible talk. Tea will follow each service with sandwiches, cakes and drinks for all.
The evening service at 6.30pm follows a similar pattern to the morning services but there are no children’s (0–13) groups. Because the young people’s groups (Unite+ — 14–18yrs) and (Connect — 18–mid 30's) follow the evening service, there tends to be a large number of teenagers and young adults at this service.
Children are an important part of the church family here at St Mary's and our aim is to teach the children about the Lord Jesus in partnership with their parents. They remain with their families for the first part of the morning services but after a song or two come down to the front for a short introduction to what they will be learning in their groups.
Groups range from age 0–14. A creche is provided for children under 2 and starts from 10 minutes before the service although most are taken through when the older children leave for their groups.
The kids groups are fun with games and crafts and learning about Jesus through being taught the true stories from the bible in a way that is relevant to their age. They are encouraged to share what they have learned with their parents after the service.
The groups are led by experienced children's workers who have been DBS checked so your children are in safe hands. More details about our safeguarding policy are available here.
Please ask a steward (anyone with a name tag) to direct you to where your child/children need to be.