Sundays

Every Sunday at 11.00 am

The pattern of services is usually as follows.  

  •  First Sunday of the month: Family Service - an all-age service for all the family
  • Second Sunday: Usually Morning Prayer from the Common Worship Service Book. Every two months we have the more traditional service of Matins from the 1662 Prayer Book, including some sung chants.
  • Third Sunday: Holy Communion following the Common Worship Service Book.
  • Fourth Sunday (and Fifth when there is one!): A less formal service of Morning Worship.   Usually includes hymns, prayers, readings from the bible and a short talk or activity.

 

Special Services are held to celebrate Christmas, Easter and the Harvest Festival.   Watch the notice board for details.

 

The Prayer Corner in the north aisle is set aside for private prayer before and after services.  

 

The Vicar usually leads the Sunday services. Members of the congregation read the set passage(s) from the bible and sometimes lead the prayers or other activities during the services.   All are welcome to refreshments which are served in the Church Room after the 11.00 am service.

 

Activities for children: We value people of all ages and we try to make sure each service is accessible to everyone. We have large print service sheets, a hearing loop and a table with children's activities.   We are currently unable to offer separate children's groups, but we love to welcome children and we invite them to join in our services in whatever way suits them best.

 

Other Regular Activities

 

 

Home Groups: Our three home groups follow a similar programme of bible study, fellowship and prayer, starting at 10.15 am, 1.15 pm and 7.30 pm on Mondays. Once a term the groups provide a drop-in lunch at the Institute at Hatfield Heath or in Sheering Church Room. For more details contact Lydia Taylor, Elsie Baker or Jane Potter.

Tuesday Teas: The Church Room is open from 2.30 pm every Tuesday afternoon for anyone to drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat. All are welcome, including dogs and their walkers (water bowl provided!). Contact Irene Harriss.

Bible Reading Club meets twice a month on Tuesdays at 7.45 pm in the Church Room.   Members follow a daily bible reading scheme, then meet to discuss what they have read and any questions that have arisen.  Contact Elsie Baker or Lesley Noel for information on study notes and/or meetings.

 
 

Music: We have some keen singers and musicians at St Mary’s. The special services at Easter, Christmas and Harvest usually include choral music from a small group, and/or accompaniment by a brass ensemble or other instrumentalists. Sometimes special music is included in the weekly services. The standard ranges from beginner to accomplished, and all are welcome. Choir practice is on Friday evening. If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument for services, contact our musical director, Lydia Taylor.

Flowers: We are hoping to establish a rota of people to provide and arrange flowers for the weekly services. In addition, the church is specially decorated for Christmas and Easter and for the Harvest weekend. If you would like to get involved, contact Irene Harriss.

The Churchyard: Many of the graves in the churchyard are maintained by the families and friends of the deceased. In addition volunteers from the local community meet every few weeks to take care of the churchyard.   If you are interested in helping, they would be delighted to hear from you. Changes to the church yard (including individual graves) are governed by rules laid down by central church authorities. For details contact the Vicar or one of the Churchwardens.

 

There are a number of events which take place across the Six Villages and these can be found at this web address.