During the Coronavirus pandemic, restrictions mean that we are able to do less than we normally do. For example, we are unable to sing as a congregation. And you should wear a face covering throughout the service. It is not necessary to book a place in advance. Children are always welcome at our services.
Despite the restrictions, this is our worship. God is with us.
Sundays at St Mary’s Church
We worship in two different ways and at different times every Sunday at St Mary’s.
The 09:15 contemporary worship service is our most popular Sunday service. It’s an upbeat, family-friendly service which lasts up to an hour. Bible-based preaching makes connections with the lives we live. We’re unafraid to laugh and to enjoy our time together. Our worship band leads our sung praise. We share in communion around once a month.
The 11:15 service is quiet and calm. There’s a quiet beauty in the use of an ordered liturgy. Beneath the soaring arches and angels, inspiring choral music uplifts the soul. Our preaching is Bible-based and seeks to provide thoughtful connections for contemporary living. We share in Holy Communion around twice a month.
Sundays at St Peter’s Church.
We have doubled up our services on Sunday mornings to ensure that as many people as possible are able to worship with us.
The 9am service is accessible for families with young children, a little more informal, with an activity slot and a shorter talk. There will be small tables in some rows, so that children can use activity sheets.
The 11am service will have a longer sermon.
Daily Prayer at 09:30 each day live-streamed from our parish, seven days a week. You don’t need to join Facebook to view the page.
Christians pray to God. That’s because Christianity isn’t a theory or a philosophy. It’s a relationship with God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Prayer can take many forms. All prayer is being aware of God. Silent prayer is powerful. Words help too. You can use your own words in a kind of honest conversation with God. In this Daily Prayer, we use structured prayers to help us. These words are mostly based on the Bible.
To begin with, Daily Prayer can feel a bit ‘wordy’. But relax. Let the words wash over you like the lyrics of a song. If your mind wanders, don’t tell yourself off. Just come back to the awareness of God who is with you wherever you are.
We use the Morning Prayer of the Church of England. You can simply watch and pray with us. But if you want to participate more deeply, you can
- Open a new window or use a second screen to follow the text of the prayers and readings here. Follow the ‘Morning Prayer (Contemporary) link’.
- Download the Daily Prayer app, which is available for iOs or Android.
Sunday Service is our Zoom meeting for interactive worship. Each service includes sung worship, Bible reading, prayer, a talk and after-service chat. Click the link above to join. Alternatively, dial in by phone to 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240, Meeting ID: 845 2177 1167. Sundays at 6pm.
Family Worship is recorded by Caroline Vallance, and includes worship and activities especially for families with young children. Click the link above to visit St Peter’s Facebook page. New worship is available every Sunday at around 12 noon.
Many of our church members meet in small groups. Most of these have now being taken online, using tools such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts.