As we are now in a new lockdown and given the prevalence of the virus and the age profile of our congregation the PCC have agreed to suspend live services; this resolution will be reviewed once the present lockdown is lifted. Revd Godfrey Hilliard will continue with his daily messages and St Mary’s will be open from 10am until 12 noon on Thursdays and Sundays but it remains important that you continue to sanitise in accordance with the instructions set out in the Church.
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.