Whether you are thinking of visiting us or just browsing this website, we are pleased to welcome you and we hope you will find the information you are looking for. We would be delighted to see you at one of our services or events; for more information see our calendar and you will find map links on the Contact us page.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the services? We have three services on Sunday mornings, there is something for everyone. If you like a traditional church service, then at 8am there is a said service of Holy Communion and at 9.30am there is the Parish Communion service with robed choir and organ.
For a more informal service which is suitable for all ages, particularly for families, then at 11.15am there is our ‘Thank God It’s Sunday’ service, known as TGIS – Coffee is served from 10.45am and we have a live worship band. There are children’s groups during the talk.
Parents with small children are welcome at Nursery Service, a time of Praise and Play for the under 5′s, held at 2.00pm in the Church on Friday afternoons – tea and toys afterwards.
How can I get involved and find out more about the Christian faith? There are plenty of opportunities to join in with others who are learning together. Starting in January each year we run an Alpha course , and there are often follow-up discipleship courses in the summer and autumn. Please check our courses page for details. We have a network of Life Groups which meet regularly for times of fellowship and/or bible study. Each year people from our Church attend the annual Spring Harvest and New Wine events.
Can I get married in St Mary’s? Yes, if you live within the parish, but even if you don’t live in the parish, it may still be possible to be married in St Mary’s. On 1st October 2008, a new law came into force making it easier to get married in the church of your choice. There is more information about this on the Life Events page – Marriage.
I know someone who is very lonely. Can the church help? Yes, we have a number of pastoral visitors who provide support after a bereavement, during illness or at other times of need. There is more information on our pastoral support page. We also hold the Open Door Tea on the first Sunday of the month in the Chapter House, where anyone needing company is very welcome. The Chapter House is also open for coffee on Thursday mornings from 10.30 am until 12 noon. Anyone is free to call in for a chat.
Can I look round the church? We welcome visitors to the church and if the church is open you are very welcome to come in and look round. See our history page for more information.
Can you help as I can’t find the answer to my question? There is a lot more information on this web site. You may find what you’re look for under out A-Z Site Map, or otherwise please contact our Parish Office.