3rd Sunday after Trinity, 28th June 2020

A Message from Rachel

Finally, some good news! Many of you will have heard by now that churches can open again for services of public worship from 4th July.

At St Mary's, we want to make sure that any service held is at a time when as many as possible can gather together, to worship God, to pray for our community and one another and to reflect on all that has happened since we were last in the building in March. Some of our congregation will still be shielding until August or will not be able to gather for various reasons and there are others who have been joining us for services online who do not usually join us on a Sunday in person. We are really keen to enable all these different groups to engage and participate in our services as much as they are able. This presents some issues around how to keep things as safe as possible, which in turn affects the numbers who will be able to attend in person, as well as the technology needed to include those who are unable to be in the building. The Staff Team, Wardens and PCC are thinking these issues through carefully and the Government and the Church of England nationally are also still updating the specific implications of this announcement.

We are really keen to see everyone again and are planning to open for public worship as soon as we can. We expect that we will be able to do this safely, and with everything in place to broadcast online, on Sunday 12th July. In the meantime, services will continue to take place via video on our website and we are open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and Noon.

If you have any questions or concerns then do get in touch with us via email or phone in the usual ways.

Revd Canon Rachel Wood



Church Open for Private Prayer

As mentioned above, the church is now open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am – 12 noon, for Private Prayer.

This has been thought about carefully and there are various protective measures in place to make the building as safe as possible.  On entering church there will be notices displayed with guidance and advice.  Please read and do your best to follow them. We ask that everyone observes social distancing and stays 2 meters apart. Face coverings can be worn along with anything else that makes you feel protected.

The office is not accessible during these times but Dot and Carol are still working from home and can be reached via email and phone. If you wish to leave any correspondence then please post it through the north door. Thank you for your patience during these very different times.

You can watch the video below to see what to expect when you visit