If you are thinking about coming along to a service for the first time at St Mary's, you will be very welcome, with or without faith, whatever your background. We are friendly but also aware of the need to give people space.


Sometimes people come after many years away from the Church, often when something changes in their lives. Perhaps you now have children and want them to experience what you had as a child: Sunday School and being part of a church family. Or maybe you are going through a difficult time and you want somewhere to try and make sense of it. You may be at a time in your life when you are asking big questions, such as how you want to live the rest of your life, whether there is any meaning, or why there is suffering. Whatever the reason, many of us have found St Mary's to be helpful in various ways, whether through the beauty of ritual and music, through prayer, through the sense of a sacred space in the building itself, or through friendship and community. We hope you do too.



If you haven't been to church before, or for many years, there is no need to worry as you will be guided through the service and told when to stand up and sit down. If you have very young children, there is a soundproof crèche where you can still hear the service. (There is also a Sunday School and youth group.) There isn't a dress code and you can sit wherever you like! There is coffee after the main 10:15 service if you want to get to know people (and sometimes after some of the other services too).



If you have been coming along for a little while and are wondering what the next step might be, it is a good idea to take a booklet for newcomers from the back of the church and fill in a visitor's card next time you come. You will be invited to the next newcomers' evening (usually an annual event, in the spring) and if you provide an email address, you will be added to the mailing list and emailed about social events and special services. You can also ask to be added to the Rector's mailing list to receive the sermons (email the Parish Office). It can take time to become part of a community, and becoming part of a group can help.


If you have any questions about the church community, do email or phone the Parish Office (01494 729380). (This includes questions about baptisms, weddings and funerals.)


We have several events for newcomers each year which you will be invited to if you fill in a visitor's card, such as an evening in the church with wine and a guided historical tour from the Rector; coffee mornings; and trips to the pub. Newcomers are especially welcome to our Harvest Supper too.


More information from the Parish Administrator, who can be contacted via the Parish Office.

We hope you will visit us soon!