As the country moves out of lockdown and indeed as St Mary’s moves into a Vacancy we set out the pattern of services that are planned for the immediate future:
10 a.m. Parish Eucharist. This will be our core weekly service for the foreseeable future. General congregational hymn singing will resume from 5th September 2021. This will become a Choral Eucharist on the 1st Sunday of each month.
6 p.m. Evensong. Two evensong services will be held each month from September. These will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, commencing on 12th September 2021 Ordinarily hymns and psalms will be sung by the congregation but we hope to be able to hold full Choral Evensongs on the following Sundays: 24th October, 28th November and 23rd January.
Please see the current edition of our Weekly Pew Sheet for the current Covid protocols that might apply to the various services
The Church will also be open for visiting between 2-4pm on Saturday's from 3rd July
However set out below are the conditions that would apply in more normal times:
Our intercessions (prayers) are led by members of the congregation at our parish eucharist service. Training for this ministry is held in the parish.
The Bible is read by members of the congregation at all of our 10.00am services, at mattins and at evensong. If you would like to read at our services, please contact the Parish Administrator.
Children from KS2 and KS3 are invited to join our team of young servers for the Parish Eucharist. The younger children carry the processional candles and older children carry the Bible and help the priest at the altar. If your child is interested in serving, please contact Godfrey Hilliard who will train the children in this service.
Adults serve at our Parish Eucharist and our Sung Eucharist service.
Sidesmen and women
Children are an important part of the life of St Mary's. If you would like to help with the children's services and activities, please contact the Parish Administrator.
If you are an enthusiastic singer aged 10-18, come and sing with our choristers.
They rehearse at 7.50-8.30am on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Hinchley Wood School. They sing at the 3rd Sunday Family Services, and also alongside the professional choral scholars for major services and choral evensongs. Choristers are presented with Royal School of Church Music medals and ribbons, and have the opportunity to be admitted as Head Chorister. They also get to read lessons in Carol Services.
Copse and Churchyard Working Parties
Why not burn up some excess energy and make some new friends by joining our Copse and Churchyard Working Party which meets four times a year to help maintain and tidy the churchyard and grounds. Working parties take place on a Saturday morning, starting at 9.30am and last as long as people feel able to stay! Coffee, juice and biscuits are provided.
Dates for this year's working parties are shown on the Events Calendar.