The people of St Mary's

The church provides a place of prayer and worship. We offer encouragement, hospitality, companionship, refreshment, nourishment and support for mind, body, and soul.

St Mary’s is home to a wide range of activities and groups. We welcome everyone who would like to find out more or become involved in any of our activities.

We aim to keep the church open regularly and as much as possible throughout the year. 

The ministers and clergy are happy to receive enquiries about any aspect of the worship, work and outreach of St Mary’s.

Ministry Team

  • We have a vacancy for a vicar to lead our church, a great opportunity to build on the work of our previous vicar and with the support and help of those around them help the church to become a beacon of worship and charity for the town.

Our current ministry team:

  • Revd Canon Jeff West, Associate Priest since 2011, with particular expertise in the area of English Heritage. During the vacancy Jeff leads on weddings and the Thursday communion service.
  • Revd Sarah Bourne, Associate Priest who joined the Ministry Team in February 2019 and whose role is as ‘Chaplain to the Arts’. During the vacancy Sarah leads on Arts and Events; links with local schools, particularly St Mary’s Primary School; baptisms and thanksgivings.
  • Revd Dr Louise Adey Huish, Associate Priest since November 2017 (having served her curacy at St Mary’s church, 2004-2007). During the vacancy Louise leads on Quiet Days and reflective services.
  • Mr Roger Verrall, who has served as a Licensed Lay Minister at St Mary’s since 2000; during the vacancy Roger leads on funerals and on the pastoral care team.

The Churchwardens

We have two church wardens, Mary Parker and Stephen Birch who look after the structure of the buildings and keep everything running.  As well as a whole host of other duties far too long to list here.

Parochial Church Council

Our Parochial Church Council currently has 20 (enthusiastic and supportive) members, comprising the clergy and lay minister, church wardens, lay diocesan and deanery synod members and ten members elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  It normally meets six times a year, and is charged ‘to work with the promoting the whole mission of the church’.

Volunteers

The church could not function without a band of volunteers, most have many hats and the opportunity to learn new skills, spend time with others and really make a difference to services, events and the church as a whole, it is really a great opportunity to get and be involved in a vibrant and growing church.

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer please complete the enquiry form.

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