How We Worship at St Mary’s

Music and services are part of our worship, but we also try to worship God all through the week, in our time with Him, and in the way we live our lives. 

Our Church Services

In normal times, our main 10am church services follow a contemporary CofE pattern and we try to make them as accessible as possible. Children and youth have their own sparky groups during the service, except once a month when we have an all-age service.

We also have at least one traditional service each week, such as evensong or Holy Communion, which make the most of the timeless peace of the church.

In COVID times, our popular YouTube services have a mix of songs, hymns, liturgy, teaching, and testimonies, lasting 30-40 minutes. We have Zoom coffee afterwards, and sometimes we have an entire Zoom service, to keep things fresh.   

When lockdown has allowed, we’ve put on socially-distanced church services alongside the online services. 

Our Music Styles

Our wonderful music group bring alive contemporary worship songs and timeless hymns, with keyboard, guitar and organ. 

You’ll find plenty of modern worship from writers like Stuart Townend, the Gettys and Matt Redman in our repertoire. But you also won’t have to look far for beautiful, timeless compositions by Isaac Watts, Thomas Chisholm, or John Rutter. 

Our Homegroups

When we meet and explore our faith together and give thanks and pray, that’s worship. 

Our friendly weekday homegroups are the fabric of our church, and there’s a place in them for everyone.

Worship in Life

Our children’s groups, youth groups, social groups and the way we try to be involved with the community are all worship.

Wider Worship

Large numbers of St Mary’s members worship and refuel together at Spring Harvest each year; and events like our bi-annual Men’s Walking Weekend in Cumbria are a great chance to worship and grow and socialise in the heart of God’s country. 

"St Mary's means family to me"
Jenny F

Find Out More About Us

We have a beautiful old church building but we believe church goes way beyond our walls. Relationships are the most important thing in our lives: our relationships with God, with one another and with the wider world. We’d love to welcome you, wherever you are in your journey through life.