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. On the first Sunday of each month, except in January and August, we hold a Cathedral-style Choral Eucharist sung by our Choral Scholars. This a latin mass or an English communion setting and a motet.
6 p.m. Evensong. Two evensong services are held each month. These are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We hold termly services of full Choral Evensong sung by our Choral Scholars, on dates advertised on the website and the pewsheet.
Please see the current edition of our Weekly Pew Sheet for the current Covid protocols that might apply to the various services
We do not plan to hold 8 a.m. Said Communion or 6 p.m. Mattins during the Vacancy
The Church will now be open for visiting between 2-4pm on Saturday's from 3rd July until the end of September 2021
However we set out below the arrangements that would apply in more normal circumstances:
At St Mary's we believe that our Church is here to serve the whole community and especially to mark the life events which frame our lives.
St Mary's has an open policy on baptism and is pleased to baptise children and adults who live in the Parish.
Admission of Children to Holy Communion prior to confirmation
Children can receive communion before they are confirmed at St Mary's, after a short introduction.
Confirmation represents a further step into the Christian faith. Those promises which were made on our behalf at our baptism, or which we made ourselves if we were older when baptised, are made once more during the confirmation service.
We would be delighted to talk to you about marrying at St Mary's. Thanks to a new law it is now much easier to be married in the church of your choice. We would be delighted to talk to you about marrying in our beautiful ancient church.
At funerals we give thanks for the life of a loved one and we commit them into God's care.
Members of St Mary's ministry team are pleased to lead a funeral service for anyone who lives in the parish. It doesn't matter if your loved one did not go to church. We believe in a loving God and our church at St Mary's extends that love to all.