It can be daunting going to a church service for the first time or after having been away for a while. We try to make our Sunday services as welcoming and understandable to the newcomer as we can. You can sit anywhere you like and there are comfortable chairs rather than hard wooden pews. Most services, there are song words and prayers projected onto a screen and you are invited to join in, but don’t have to.
Saint Mary’s morning services are at 10.30am and last about an hour. Our 3.30pm Messy Church, the third Sunday every other month, is not like traditional church at all; it includes craft activities, a worship time and a shared tea. Messy Church lasts about an hour and a half, including the activity time and tea.
The way in to all our services is through the porch at the top of the path leading up to the church. There are no steps so there is full disabled access.
Parking is free in Long Newton and there is usually space on the main road outside the church. Also, our good friend the landlord at the Derry pub opposite the church has graciously allowed parking in his car park should you wish to leave your car close to church but off the main road.
Some dress quite informally while others prefer to come a bit smarter. It honestly doesn’t matter at all how you dress – come however you feel most comfortable. You won’t feel out of place.
Yes. Children are very welcome at our services.
At our 10.30am services, we offer supervised craft activities and Bible stories for children. There is a little space with low tables and chairs in the Londonderry Chapel especially dedicated to them. We sometimes show a short Bible story video as well. Children are involved in various ways in the service like taking the offering forward and sometimes reading prayers. Every two months or so, on special occasions, there is a shorter ‘family service’ which in which children are involved all the way through.
Our 3.30pm Messy Church, every other month, is specifically designed for families with children and is not like traditional church at all.
Yes. They are situated on the right-hand side as you look towards the front and are clearly marked.
No. We do not pass round an offering plate during any of our services.
There is a wooden plate at the back for people who want to give something but, as a newcomer, please do not feel awkward about this – the offering plate is there for people who call Saint Mary’s their home church.
After each morning service, there are usually refreshments (tea, coffee, cake, and biscuits) served and plenty of opportunity to chat to people if you want to stay behind. These refreshments are offered free of charge. There is also an opportunity to be prayed for by someone on our prayer team in a discreet place if you wish.