Sunday Services - New times
From 20th September both our 'online' and 'in-person' services will take place at a new time. We encourage you to connect with God and one another, at whichever service suits you best in this season.
Online @ 9 (formerly 9:30am)
Each Sunday we gather online for morning prayer at 9am via our facebook page, the service is about 30 minutes in length. All you need to do is click here to go to the Facebook page and scroll down to find the livestream.
You can download the service sheet in word or pdf here so that you have everything you need to join in with the songs, prayers and readings.
We will be online from around 8:45am each Sunday to say hello, chat and answer questions (just type in the comments and we will see them), and then we stay online after the service for a 'virtual' coffee till 9:45am
A video of each week's service is uploaded shortly afterwards on our Facebook page so if you can't join us live you can catch up later.
In Church, in person @ 10:30am (formerly 11:15am)
We are looking forward to giving you a warm (and socially distanced!) welcome to our church building! This Communion service will be around 35 minutes long and will have teaching on the same texts as the Online @ 9 service.
Our Family Service returns on the first Sunday of each month from October, everyone is welcome to attend but we will prioritise bookings for people with children on those Sundays.
Doors will open from 10:15am to allow time to seat everyone, please do arrive in good time as you may need to queue. Handgel will be available at the door, please use it as you come into church. Our stewards will take your name and contacts detail for track and trace (which we will only hold for 21 days). All the words will be on the screens (we are paper free to minimise risk) so you might like to bring a bible with you, along with you facemask and handgel.
As our seating capacity is currently reduced due to social distancing, booking is essential.
Details on how to book are below.
Please do not attend if you are unwell, have symptoms of Covid 19, or are self isolating for any reason.
Simply send us an email by clicking firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how many people will be in your group, their names, and a contact number for you.
Bookings can only be made one week in advance, and the list will close at midday each Saturday.
How to book
Things will continue to look a little different this season so the answers below will give you an idea of what to expect:
Do I need to book?
Yes please! see the information above.
Do I need to wear a facemask?
Yes please! From the 8th August 2020 the government made it mandatory to wear a facemask in a place of worship. Will will have a small supply at church in case you forget.
Can children attend?
Yes. Children will need to stay seated with their parents/careers throughout the service, as we aren't running children's groups in August. We are launching Junior Church online in August, and will look to resume an 'in person' offer when safe to do so, possibly in the Autumn term.
Who can I sit with?
You can sit with members of your own household or bubble.
Where can I sit and will there be enough room?
We have marked out our pews to enable social distancing throughout the building. Each 'pew end' is 1.5m wide so big enough to fit 3 people, and we have a few 'ends' which can accommodate 4/5 people. There are 24 'pew ends' (including the galleries) so our capacity varies depending on what size each household group is.
We are working hard to maximise the space available to us while keeping everyone at a safe distance.
Will the congregation be able to sing?
Sadly not at the moment due to current guidance. But from 20th September we will be reintroducing some live music from members of our choir and band as part of the service.
Will we have bread and wine at Communion?
Communion will be bread only at present.
Will there be coffee after or a chance to socialise?
At the moment we aren't able to offer refreshments, or to allow for a social time indoors before or after the service. We do however have plenty for room in the churchyard, so why not bring a coffee with you (or nip into the cafe in the park to buy one) and catch up with friends in a group of up to 6 outside following all the usual social distancing etiquette.
Will the toilets be open?
Yes, but in a limited capacity. Please observe the additional hygiene procedures in place, and should you have to queue please social distance.
I'm over 70 or in a vulnerable group - can I come to a service?
Yes you can! Gathering in a group indoors carries it's own risks and we ask people to make their own decision regarding this. We encourage everyone to keep following current government guidance that applies to them whatever age we are. We are looking to restart a mid-week service later in August which will have a smaller congregation.
What should I do if I get Covid 19 and have been to a service recently?
Should you become ill and have attended a service at St Mary's please let us know ASAP. We have set procedures to follow in the event of a known case of Covid in our building, and letting us know means we can do our part in keeping others safe.
Will there be an 8am service again and when will things get back to 'normal' on Sundays?
Due to the extra cleaning required we can only hold one 'in-person' service on Sundays at present. We hope to return to a more 'normal' pattern of in person services when it is safe to do so, but it is impossible at this moment to put a time frame on that. We will regularly review our worship provision during the coming months
If you have any questions please do contact us.
Test & Trace
Please see the link here for full information about tracing. We will need to store the information of your attendance, your name and contact information to be safe under the test & trace guidance. You will receive a copy when your booking is confirmed.