What’s On

We warmly welcome you to St Mary’s, whether you are a church person or not. There’s plenty going on for all ages.

Do email us if you have any queries or would like to be put on the church newsletter list.

Services, Prayer & Reflection in April

Wednesday, June 9

9.30-10.30am – Toddler Praise

We would love you to join us for some play, a story and a song on the grassy area in the churchyard. (Just up from the Barden Road gate, and down from the St Mary’s Lane gate.)

(More about this Toddler Praise session

Sunday, April 2

10am – Holy Communion  with children’s groups

Karol leading, Douglas preaching

10am – Online worship (on YouTube)

6pm – Taize-style Service  in the chapel

Theme: Hope

Maundy Thursday, April 6

5:30pm – Passover Supper in the school hall


Good Friday, April 7

10 am Good Friday Nature Walk

Starting in church with Hot Cross Buns

3pm – The People’s Passion

An interactive version of the Good Friday story

Easter Sunday, April 9

8am – Traditional Holy Communion (1662)

10am – All-age Communion

Jenny leading, John P preaching

10am – Online worship (on YouTube)

Sunday, April 16

10am – All-age Communion

The Wrens last Sunday

Douglas leading and preaching

10am – Online worship (on YouTube)

Sunday, April 23

10am – Morning worship

Jenny leading, John B preaching

10am – Online worship (on YouTube)

Sunday, April 30

10am – All-age worship

Karol leading and preaching

6pm – Evensong

Every weekday

8.30am – One of our homegroups runs morning Zoom prayers for 10-15 minutes.
All are very welcome. Contact Sean Fishpool for details

Upcoming highlights

Passover Meal, April 6 (Maundy Thursday), 5:30pm

Come and share a Passover Meal just as Jesus and his disciples did at the Last Supper.  We will be guided through the meal, enabling us to discover the significance of this special meal to Christians. 
For more details and to book, click here.

The People’s Passion, April 7 (Good Friday), 3pm

Easter Lilies

If you would like to sponsor a lily in church this Easter, perhaps in memory of loved ones, please put a donation in an envelope marked ‘Easter Lilies’ and leave it at the Church Office, the Rectory or the village shop.  There is also a list in the church porch where you can write down names if you wish.

Easter Prayer Space

During Easter Weekend, a Prayer Space will be set up in the Tower Room at St Mary’s.

Come and take some tie to reflect on what the Cross means to you!

Rev. Douglas and Mary last Sunday at St. Mary’s, April 16

Douglas and Mary’s last service at St. Mary’s will be on April 16 at 10am.  There will be several elements to this service.  If you would like to make a contribution towards a gift for the Wrens, there are several ways to do this:

  • Put an envelope in the collection or donation box at church labelled ‘Wrens leaving gift’
  • Use the card machine in church.  Add 50p to the end of the donation to ensure it goes to the Wrens.
  • Click on this link to make a virtual donation. Add 50p to the end of the donation to ensure it goes to the Wrens. 

Annual Parochial Meeting of Worshipers, April 30

After the service on April 30, you are all welcome to join this short meeting to review and vote on the future of St.  Mary’s.  The DCC will be elected including new Church Wardens and a Parish Safeguarding Officer.  If you would like to be involved in being part of the team making decisions about St. Mary’s future, we would love to hear from you.  If you don’t think you can help at this time, please pray that those with the right skills to offer will be prompted by God to step forward.

This week’s newsletter

Rev. Douglas' March letter


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Services on Zoom

Children’s and parents’ groups

Our pre-school parents provide great support for each other – do contact us to be included. We have also been running a monthly outdoor under-5s Praise & Play session.

Youth groups

Hallelujah! We have wonderful groups for 9s to 11s and 11s to 16s. Your young people are very welcome


All of our homegroups are meeting for friendship, prayer and study, on different days of the week. They are the lifeblood of our church and we would love to involve you.


St Mary’s members meet for loads of social things – from walking to craft, and you’re very warmly invited.