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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our church.
Key information about the church...
Where & when does the church meet?
We meet every Sunday at 9.15am and 10:30am for our regular Sunday Services. Parking can be found across the road from church around the Three Horseshoes pub. The safest access for wheelchairs and mobility scooters is through the Station Road entrance into the churchyard.
We meet at:
St Mary's Church
You can see a map on our contact us page.
What should I expect when I visit the church?
You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. The service will be led by a member of the staff team or congregation and they will explain how that service will proceed. Our morning services will always include singing some songs, listening to a passage of the Bible, and a sermon. There are Bibles in each of the seats for you to follow along if you wish.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are served between the services where there is an opportunity to meet new people and ask more questions.
There is also a disabled access toilet with baby changing facility, and an induction loop for those with hearing aids.
What happens to the children at church?
The 10.30 service has a number of groups and activities to help children enjoy their time and grow in faith:
Creche (0-2 years) children under 2 have an area in church laid out for them to play with toys and have fun.
Scramblers (2-4 years) and Climbers (4-8 years) meet each week in the bell tower at the back of church. The service leader will explain how the group works at the beginning of the service.
Explorers (9-13 years) meet on the first and third Sundays of the month in the church hall across the road, having started the service in church.
Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we sing songs together. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their group. You will need to go with your children and register them the first time they attend.
For more information about what happens in the children's work please visit the age groups relevant for you under groups.
Is there a dress code?
No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
Will I have to join in?
Not at all! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.
Can I come back to church after a long break?
People stop coming to church for many reasons, and whatever your reasons were, you will be very welcome at St Mary's should you wish to come along - we will be delighted to see you!
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I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them.
Please feel free to contact us.
If you want to know who works in the church, please visit our Staff and Leadership page.