Church of England

St Mary’s Anglican congregation is a church community following Christ.

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Our aims and values, outlined below, were captured in 2011 and underpin the work of the Parochial Church Council, it sub groups and the ministry team.

We aim to encourage ourselves and others on life’s journey by openness and welcome, by valuing and affirming all

We will grow in prayer and spirituality, personally and corporately

We will grow in numbers

We will increase participation in church and community

We will grow in Christian maturity and confidence

We will work at developing new lay leaders by encouraging every member in their God- given ministry.

We also have a Mission Action Plan, produced in March 2014, which focuses on our vision of what we believed God was calling our church to become:

A place where everyone experience’s God’s love by becoming closer:

  • To God through worship and discipleship
  • To each other through friendship, welcome and encouragement
  • To our community through service

 

Worship

This is something which visitors may well want to revisit, as we have exciting plans to develop and extend our gathered worship in 2016 and 2017.

At the moment, the main gatherings are on a Sunday morning but we plan to have gatherings throughout the week.

8am Said Holy Communion
This is a quiet and reflective service that lasts about 40 minutes in total.  We alternate between the traditional Book of Common Prayer and the more contemporary Common Worship services of Holy Communion (also known as the Eucharist or Mass).

9.30am Parish Communion
While the service structure is formal, the style in which it is conducted is relaxed but reverent. There is a robed choir to help lead us in our singing and we sing hymns and responses in various parts of the service.

We encourage participation in various ways so that it is not just clergy who lead parts of the service.

The first Sunday of the month, children and adults alike remain for the whole service. On other Sundays, we have Adventurers (for Primary School age children) who have their own activities in the Church Centre but who start and finish with the whole church family.

In August, our 9.30am service is replaced with a combined service at 10am held jointly with the United Reformed Congregation. 

As well as continuing to develop our main services, we regularly experiment with other forms and times of service.

 

 

The Church of England Ministry Team

Our Anglican ministry team currently comprises:

  • Our Vicar is the Revd Philip Cochrane (Full time, normal day off is Friday)
  • A part-time self-supporting associate priest, the Revd Jeff West, who leads on Weddings and also serves as Area Dean.
  • A licensed lay minister, Roger Verrall, who leads our pastoral care team and takes the lead on our funeral ministry.

The team are assisted by three Anglican clergy, the Revd Louise Adey-Huish, the Revd Canon John Whitwell and the Revd Stella Fairbairn, who, although not licensed to the parish, belong to the Anglican congregation and have permission to officiate.