What could you do that is new this year? Have you tried church recently? If not, why not choose one of our services that is likely to suit you and give it a go?
If you like a quiet traditional service, then either 8am or 4pm would be best...both are Communion services and follow the Book of Common Prayer. In the morning there is no music, but the evening service we sing traditional hymns and psalms, led by the choir.
Our biggest Sunday service is at 10.30am - on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month it is a more modern version of the Communion service. The 2nd Sunday is also a good time to come if you have children as we have special activities for them at Sunday Explorers.
If you would prefer not to take Communion, the 3rd Sunday would suit you - a more reflective Morning Prayer service, with hymns and a sermon.
The 1st Sunday is our All Age Worship service (we welcome all ages to all our services, but this tries to have something for everyone!) - more modern music mixed with the traditional, a short talk and prayers and lasting just under an hour.
There are plenty of other things to try as well...that's just on Sundays...so why not explore this site and try something new this year? We'd love to see you.
On Sunday 2nd December, as part of the town's Christmas Market, St Mary's will be hosting a Nativity Festival in the Boys' Sunday School from 10.00am-3:00pm. Light Lunches and Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
We will once again be using the room upstairs in the Boys’ Sunday School to create a wonderful Stable Scene. Maybe you will have been to Santa’s Grotto and received a present from Father Christmas… we are inviting everyone in the town to visit our ‘Bethlehem stable’ and bring a present for the baby Jesus. Please do not wrap your gift. Gifts will then be distributed to families living in local towns and cities where, in the current economic climate, they will be really appreciated!
We are also inviting everyone who comes to help ‘Create a Nativity’. We will have a number of different craft tables set up where you can add your bit to the Nativity scene. We want this to be a community effort to make a great display!
At 3.30pm we hope everyone will join us in church for our Christingle service, where we will help to support the work of the Children's Society.
Celebrate the heart of Christmas with us!
Everyone is very welcome to come to any of our services over Christmas.
We begin on Sunday 18 December at 6pm with a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols - all by candlelight. Led by the church choir, with congregational carols as well.
On Christmas Eve we have two very different services - firstly a Crib service at 6pm, when the figures of Mary & Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men make their way to the stable. Suitable particularly for families with plenty to watch and familiar carols to sing. The church is usually packed - arrive in plenty of time for a good seat! At 11.30pm we have our traditional Midnight Communion, sung to a John Rutter setting - heralding in Christmas Day with joy and reverence.
Christmas Day has two services - again very different. At 8am a traditional (1662 Book of Common Prayer) Holy Communion - no hymns and a short thought. Then at 10am, a short Christmas family service - bring a present to show!!
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