Last updated: 27 July 2021
9.15am St Mary’s Church – Contemporary Worship
Our sung worship is offered by our worship band. The service is more informal than the 11am service, using fewer written prayers. Booking is not required.
10:30am St Peter’s Church and live streamed to Zoom
Our music will be led by members of St Peter’s music group. Booking is not required. This service will also be live streamed to Zoom. To join online please CLICK HERE. Meeting ID: 830 8993 3568; Passcode: 791188.
11am St Mary’s Church – Traditional Worship
Accompanied by the church organ and, when permitted, with sung worship led by the robed choir, this service is more formal than the 9.15am service. Booking is not required.
Afternoon/evening worship at St Mary’s Church
10am St Mary’s Church
Our midweek service of Holy Communion uses the Book of Common Prayer.
Join us online at 9.30am, Monday to Saturday, for around 20 minutes of live Daily Prayer. More details HERE.
Changes to Covid-19 guidance
We are maintaining some restrictions on worship and events at St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although legal restrictions have been lifted, we are making changes slowly and cautiously. We do this to help people to be confident in attending church and to be able to take the steps they need to protect themselves and others.
You must not come to church if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been advised to isolate.
We ask you to
- wear a face covering throughout services and events, unless you are exempt for medical reasons or if you are under 11.
- to sanitise your hands
- to use the NHS Test and Trace system by scanning the QR code or providing details.
Congregational singing has returned. Further changes will be announced in the coming weeks.
We’re delighted that Wednesday services have resumed at St Mary’s Church. The service uses words from Book of Common Prayer and runs for around 40 minutes, starting at 10am. It has been really encouraging to see more than 20 people gather to worship each Wednesday.
There will no longer be a 5pm Zoom service each Sunday, but those who wish to continue worshipping online can join in with the 10:30am service from St Peter’s which will be livestreamed to Zoom.
In the autumn term, we hope to reintroduce an afternoon service in St Mary’s Church on Sundays, including a regular choral evensong.
Helping with children’s work in St Mary’s
We are currently looking to see if we can return to separate activities for children and young people on a Sunday in September and are looking for volunteers to be involved with this area of ministry. Please contact Laura Pope if you have any questions or would like to be involved.
Holiday Club Goes Green! Book in now
Join us in August as we explore this year’s theme: Creation! Starting at 10am each day we will spend time in small groups singing, hearing stories, being crafty, playing games and more.
When: 24 August – 27 August, 10am-12:30pm
Where: St Peter’s Church and the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, IP33 3JT
Who: Any primary aged child.
Click HERE to book in.
Holiday Club Craft Donations
To run our craft activities this year we need donations of:
- Egg cartoons
- Material scraps (big enough for a child’s handprint)
- Milk or juice cartons
- Bottle tops
- Kitchen roll tubes
- Large clean empty plastic bottles
Donations can be left in either church on a Sunday morning or taken to the Curate’s house on Vinery Road. Any questions please contact Laura.
Thank you to all who have offered their time to run the holiday club. Its never too late to sign up, please email Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura (email@example.com) if you would like to be involved.
St Mary’s and St Peter’s have run a parent and toddler group, Little Fishes, in the Hyndman Centre for many years. During most of the pandemic and the lockdowns it is not been possible to run this but we have had a couple of sessions outside and the families were very appreciative of the opportunity to come along. There are a few very willing volunteers to set up and run Little Fishes but there is a need for someone to come and lead the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to draw alongside parents and carers to support them and to build relationships with them through engaging with them at the sessions on a Wednesday morning and at other times through email correspondence. It is hoped to start Little Fishes again regularly from September and it would be great to have one or two more volunteers as well. If you were able to help with Little Fishes, or feel leading the team is something you could do, please contact Andy Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07960 491871). Please also contact Andy if you would like more information and he can pass you on to the right person to answer your questions.
Mission Focus for August
August Mission Focus at St Peter’s – Serving in Mission (SIM) and Rachel MacInnes
MacInnes Family Visiting St Peter’s
Alistair and Rachel MacInnes and their children will be visiting St Peter’s Church on Sunday 8 August at the 10:30am service. Rachel has been working with SIM and How Will They Hear and we have been supporting her mission work as one of our Mission Charities at St Peter’s. Alistair and Rachel will be sharing with us the work they have been doing and the work they are planning to do next as they move to Greece. Alistair and Rachel both grew up in St Peter’s and so it will be great to welcome them back and hear of how God has been blessing the work they have been doing and of what God is calling them to next. Hope you can join us.
Global Hope Network International – an evening for Armenia
Armenia has a long history as a Christian nation, but in recent decades it has struggled as unemployment and poverty have persisted, as have international tensions.
There will be a special evening for Armenia, both to inform and to appeal for prayerful and financial support on Friday 13 August, with supper from 7:30 onwards. Please CLICK HERE to find out more details, including how to buy tickets.
Parish Men’s Breakfast
This meeting returns to the Pilgrims Kitchen (next to the cathedral) for our next breakfast on Saturday 31 July starting at 8.a.m. The Revd Rufin Emmanuel, lead chaplain at West Suffolk Hospital, will speak. To reserve a place, please contact Edward Coningsby.
A country walk followed by a pub lunch is a great way to meet new people. Parish walks will resume in August. For more information, please contact Trevor Ashton 01284 701015.
Parish Prayer Meeting
Our parish prayer meeting continues to be held on Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Join members of the parish online to pray by clicking HERE. We are hoping to start meeting in person from September.
St Peter’s Vision Prayer Meeting
Join members of St Peter’s online to pray each Tuesday, from 12 noon. Please click here to join the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 862 8219 6969. Passcode: 296440. Contact David Ayrton for more information.
St Peter’s Pop-up Café
Drop into the pop-up café at the Spread Eagle on Wednesdays at 11.00am. We will be meeting there until the end of August. Everyone welcome; join us for a coffee (or tea!) and chat.
Find us at the Spread Eagle, Out Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2DE.
For details, please see our rotas page.
Support your church
We encourage everyone to continue to make their financial gifts to our churches if possible in order to secure the future of our work.
We understand that some are going through financial uncertainty as a result of lost jobs, and that this may affect their giving too. It is even more important that those who can give are able to do so.