Whatever the reason, whether it be a happy occasion like a baptism or a wedding, or for a sad occasion like a funeral, the first time you come to church can be very daunting. Where should I sit, what if someone expects me to do something, what if I stand up and everyone else is sitting down?
We hope at St Mary’s Church that you will not be put off, that our smiling and helpful sidesmen, the people who greet you at the door, will extend a warm welcome to you. Just say that you are new to church and ask where you should sit. Hopefully someone will take you under their wing and offer you a place beside them to guide you through the service.
If you are bringing children to church, most mums or nans, would suggest
bringing a drink and maybe a snack to keep the hunger pangs at bay. Toys and books are a must. But we have special bags containing a selection of toys and crayons to keep young children occupied. At
the back of the church is a children’s corner with toys. And whatever you do, don’t worry. If a child is noisy, it is natural. You can always go out into the nearby church rooms to soothe a baby or
child and if the weather is nice a good run round the churchyard is always good to let off steam. For the older children we have work sheets and for special services we have booklets to help them
follow the service.
Teddy Bear Club meets every Wednesday at 9.30am in term time. This is a short service in church especially for pre- school children and their parents or carers, followed by “playtime” and refreshments in our Church Rooms and is a good way to make your first tentative steps into church.
Another is through our Messy Church events where you will have a chance to chat to other parents and grandparents whilst the children are being messy and then there is a simple service.
So do not be put
off, please take that first step, however daunted you may feel, and join in the fellowship of St Mary’s Church Family, you will be very welcome.
Member of the Worship Committee
YOUR CHURCH IN 20 YEARS' TIME
With falling clergy numbers, rising costs, a largely ageing congregation and dwindling church income, the PCC has been thinking how St Mary’s might look in 2039. We are concerned that the current pattern of worship and church activities isn’t sustainable indefinitely and so we've organised an event, facilitated by the Ven. Robin King, the Archdeacon of Stansted, to decide what we might do now to ensure St Mary’s, as we know and love it, has a long-term future. We'd like as many of you as possible, of all ages, to come and join us on Saturday 12th October, 9.30 -12 noon in the church rooms. If you really care about the future of your church, you need to come if you possibly can. Do speak to Simon or the churchwardens to find out more.
FAMILY SERVICE 10.00am Sunday 15th September - All Saints Feering. A short lively service aimed at young families - Read More
Harvest Lunch - Sunday 29th September in St Mary's Church Rooms - see calendar for more details
See the Services page for information of upcoming services.