Founded in 1220, St Mary’s has been the focus of worship for a believing community for almost 800 years. We’re really pleased to be carrying on this tradition, many of us were brought up going to church, many have joined in later life and some of us have joined in early life! And we want to make a special place for all of them in our church and during our services.
On Sundays we enjoy the quiet serenity of a traditional service as well as a good cup of coffee and a chat afterwards. We hold a Family Service on the first Sunday of every month where all are welcome to join in.
We built our Church Centre for the church and the community in the early 1970’s, and it has been used by hundreds of people ever since. We have groups for babies, for toddlers, for the young and the old. We host art classes, ballet classes, blood donor clinics and children’s parties, as well as prayer meetings, retreats and of course church services. The adjoining Ark building hosts our Sunday School and our church meetings.
Our services are vibrant and dynamic (could the God who made the universe ever be boring and predictable?). On the first Sunday of the month we have a family service which is often full of surprises and a great place to start if you haven’t been to church for a while.
The Church Centre site also hosts the Church Office, which is open for enquiries and visitors on Monday mornings between 10.30 and 12.30 and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 9.30 am and 12.30. (Closed on Fridays)
Built on the Church Centre site in 2008, the chapel provides a place for quiet reflection and prayer during the week, as well as hosting our weekly prayer meetings . On Wednesdays we hold a service of Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 10 am.