Whether you have a firm faith or are searching for answers, it's not easy to be a Christian on your own. Worship is at the heart of all that we do and are. From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have come together as a community to worship and pray.
Our usual pattern of worship is described below. Please see the front page for current service times as we re-open after the lockdown.
Every Sunday: 8am, 10am & 6.30pm
8am Holy Communion is a simple said service that lasts around 40 minutes. On the second and fourth Sundays of the month we use the traditional service in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; every other Sunday we use the modern-language Common Worship service. There's a short address and no music.
Our main service is The Parish Eucharist at 10am. The service includes music, both sung by the congregation and the choir, and there are activities for children. The worship lasts for around an hour. Afterwards please do stay for a coffee in the Church Hall. Visiting for the first time?
6.30pm Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer offers a simple and moving way to close the day. There are three hymns and a short address, and the service lasts about 40 minutes. On the last Sunday of each month the choir leads us in a service of Choral Evensong, which lasts a bit longer and includes beautiful music sung by the choir on its own.
During the week
Every day, Monday to Saturday, Morning Prayer is said at 8.45am and Evening Prayer is said at 5pm. These are simple services lasting 20 minutes each.
There is a service of Holy Communion every Thursday at 10am, and also on holy days (usually at 5pm, but check our homepage).
St Mary's is open every day from at least 8.30am to 5.30pm for prayer, quiet and visiting. You can light a candle near the altar under the tower. If you'd like us to pray for someone or something, you can leave a request on a board near the door.
For other services please look at the News page.