Welcome to St Mary’s

Our parish magazine is back after a few months away. Click on this link to view a copy of the October edition.

Update Sunday 25.10.2020

This morning we held our Annual Parochial Church Meeting at which we elected Roger King as our new Church Warden to work alongside Judy Hall who continues in her role for another twelve months. We say a huge thankyou to Tony Tatford who has undertaken the role for the past 8 years but who now steps down. We are very grateful for all he has done to support the work of St Mary’s.

Parish Communion led by Revd John Flitcroft including the reauthorisation of our two ALM’s.

The church is open between 9.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Wednesday 9.30am – 12 noon on Thursday and closed on a Friday. A one way system is in operation with an entrance through the north porch and exit through the west porch. Sanitizer is available to use and we ask people to stay at a social distance. The candle stand is available and chairs are placed at the chancel steps for people to use if they wish to stay for a while. We hope you will take the opportunity to visit for private prayer or just to be refreshed through the beauty of the building. Whatever the reason, we welcome you to St Mary’s church building.

We currently hold a public service of Holy Communion on a Sunday at 10.00am. We ask you to wear a face covering if you attend this service and follow the directions of the stewards on duty. Communion is offered in one form only.

The Parish Office in the Rectory building is now open again. Tuesday – Thursday 9.00am – 1.00pm. Friday 9.00am – 12 noon. If you need to contact us use e mail st.mary.os@btconnect.com or phone 01384 441003

We’ve had to suspend our usual weekly vestry hour where we take bookings for weddings and funerals. Please contact the Parish Office or the Rector if you would like to speak to us about either an existing wedding or baptism booking or a future booking.

For the safety and security of the building there are five CCTV cameras monitoring the inside of the church. Images are recorded and can be viewed remotely. An area of the church is set aside for private prayer and reflection which is not covered by the CCTV system.

We produce a weekly pewsheet which gives details of all our services as well as prayers, readings and notices. Please visit the downloads page to view the most recent copy.

Like most churches, St Mary’s is far from being just a local building in which to worship.It is also a thriving centre of Christian activities all of which contribute in many ways to the life of the church and extend the work of our Lord in the parish and elsewhere. We try to involve people in a variety of ways, especially those who are new to the area – you will always find a warm welcome here. If you wish to have your child baptised, be baptised yourself or prepare for confirmation you will find information on this website to explain how you go about this. We are a popular venue for weddings and our weddings section will answer any questions you may have relating to booking and organising your wedding service.  We also give details of all the exciting events and activities which take place at St Mary’s, as well as some interesting information relating to our history and how to go about tracing your family through registers and the graveyard. 

St Mary’s is committed to the safeguarding of all children and adults who attend church. Click on the image to view a copy of our Safeguarding policy which is renewed annually and was last adopted by St Mary’s parochial Church Council on 22nd May 2019. It gives details of who you could contact if you wish to speak to somebody.

We hope you will enjoy looking through these pages. If there is anything else you wish to know, please click here to go to the contact page and find out more.

If you would like to make a financial donation towards the work of the church either visit our donations page or click on the following link: https://thy.ng/CUR010047