The 9.30 Communion Service includes mainly traditional hymns. We are able to call upon the services of organists from within the parish, but do not have a resident organist of our own.
Music at the 11am Worship Service is a mix of traditional hymns and the best of contemporary worship songs, played on our digital piano by one of two classically trained pianists, who are members of the congregation.
10am: The Sunday morning service alternates between Holy Communion and a more informal Morning Worship.
Music is provided by one of our two classically trained pianists and includes the best of both traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs.
Morning Worship is often led by a lay member of the church, and in all our services we strive to engage the children in reading etc.
During term time, the children and teenagers go to the hall for their separate activities in several age-related groups. At other times, worksheets are sent out by email for them to complete during the service. In both cases, a highlight of the service is towards the end when they are encouraged to share their work with the whole congregation.
You can join the service either in person in the church building or online (joining details are emailed to church members or may be obtained from our Associate Vicar or a church member to whom you are known)
Our innovative use of Zoom allows online participants to engage on an equal basis by offering a reading or intercessions, and for children to show their work, displayed on the screen for the church congregation.
For the time being (Autumn 2021) and whilst the shadow of Covid and its variants still hang over us we are continuing the pattern or worship above established at the start of the pandemic with the flexibility to worship online or in person however people feel most comfortable.
Discussions are underway for the longer term as to whether we continue with one service or revert to the pre-pandemic pattern of separate communion and more informal services. Whilst we have greatly appreciated meeting together as one congregation and the sense of unity that has brought, we also know that people meet with God in different ways and want to encourage spiritual health in all our members.
There is a team of 3 voluntary organists who between them play for all our services. A small orchestra plays occasionally at our family worship services. A choir practices in the Autumn to sing at the annual carol service.
St Mary’s runs a Christmas Choir. We rehearse during November and December on Wednesday evenings and sing at the Nine Lessons and Carols service the Sunday before Christmas. Recently we have tended to sing four choir items as well leading the congregational carols. The ability to read music is not absolutely necessary as we usually manage to have a practice CD to sing along with at home. Enthusiasm and the willingness to have a go are the prerequisites for joining.» Read more
We are a friendly group with a wide age range and varying abilities/aspirations. We share, though, the commitment to ring for services and to try and provide a good standard of ringing.
Ringing is an excellent form of low impact exercise for body and mind, suitable for all ages from around 11 upwards. The ringers would like to welcome new learners to the band. We practice on a Wednesday evening from 7.45 to 9.00, and as you know ring for the Sunday services from 8:45 to 9:25 am and, when we have enough people, from 6 to 6.25 pm. If you are interested please come along at any of these times, talk to or email Andrew Cripps (firstname.lastname@example.org).» Read more