Dear Friend of St Mary’s
I am delighted to tell you that services of communal worship at St Mary’s will re commence on Sunday 18th April and I am sorry that we felt that, with our congregation being in the main elderly and vulnerable, we had to close the Church during this latest lockdown. My thanks for your patience and understanding.
A single Said Communion service will be held on Sunday mornings at 10.00 am and as the lockdown is easing rather than coming to an end it will be necessary for those wishing to attend to pre register via the Parish Office and to comply with certain restrictions during the service. Full details can be found on our Weekly Leaflet on this web site.
Following that service St Mary’s will remain open on Sundays until 2 pm for private prayer.
As part of these new arrangements the Church will no longer be open on Thursdays.
Moreover the Church will be open for visiting between 2-4pm on Saturday's from 3rd July
St Mary’s WhatsApp Group, which I established at the early part on the pandemic, will continue for the present time. However as not everyone accesses WhatsApp my video messages are shown below on this Home Page and my Sunday messages now appear under Sermons on the Quick Links on this page. We are also regularly posting updates, including video clips from me on Twitter and Instagram, so do follow us @StMarysstokedab
Please continue to care for each other and to keep in regular contact and let us thank God for the progress that is being made in countering this virus and that this progress will continue.
Please keep me informed of any concerns and be assured that I am always available to you.
With thoughts and prayers
The Reverend R Godfrey Hilliard MA
or Tel No 01932 866005
Music in Church
Although we cannot yet sing hymns at our Church services we are gradually re introducing music. Robert plans to play the organ at some of our weekly Said Communion Services, currently during the first and third Sundays in the month.
If you would like to read about the music of Thomas Tompkins that will be played on Sunday 1st August please click here.