HELLO AND WELCOME!
At St Mary's we always love to see a new face and can't wait to get to know you. Whether you're a lifelong follower of Jesus or are just starting to explore the Christian faith there is a home for you at church. When you come please introduce yourself to one of the welcomers or staff, who would love to get to you know and introduce you to some more people.
We know that stepping into church for the first time can be a bit daunting. Don't worry, we've been there too! To make it a bit less scary we've tried to answer a few common questions below so you know what to expect. If we've not managed to answer your question though, please get in touch, our office staff would love to help.
What's different between the morning services?
On the Sunday page you will find more detailed information about the different services but the basic difference between the two main morning services is how traditional they are.
The 9:30 is a traditional service with robes, organ and choir. The 11:00 is more contemporary with modern worship music and is generally more informal.
Our children and youth groups run during the 11:00 so the large majority of families attend that service.
Will there be things for my children to do?
We love to welcome children to our services at St Mary's and believe that it's important they have a chance to encounter Jesus in an age-appropriate way.
The 11:00 is a great service to bring children to. The first Sunday in any month is a shorter All Age service in which the music, prayers and talk are styled to be accessible to children as well as adults. The other weeks we run kids and youth groups. For children aged 0-3 there is also a crèche in the chapel at the back of church.
What should I wear when I come to church?
Anything you like; come in whatever makes you feel comfortable. God doesn't judge anyone based on their clothes and neither do we.
When should I arrive and how long are the services?
Although the services always aim to start on time don't worry if you're late, no one will mind.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and sometimes cake are available from around 10:30 so make sure you leave yourself time to grab something before finding a seat if you're coming to the 11:00.
The main services are a little over an hour long with the exception of the 11:00 on the first Sunday of each month which is closer to 50 minutes.
Do I have to pay or make a donation?
No. You don't. During the service an offering will be taken but there is no expectation that guests or newcomers will make a donation. If, though, you would like to make a donation it would of course be very welcome.
Is there parking?
There is a small car park below the Hall but there is plenty of parking in the surrounding roads, just make sure to leave yourself time.
Are there toilets and baby changing facilities?
Yes. The church has two toilets including one which is fully wheelchair accessible and has a baby changing table.