Joining a home group can be a great way of exploring faith, deepening knowledge of the bible and getting to know and support each other. At St Mary’s we have a number of groups which meet in homes across the parish every week on days and times to suit everybody. Each group has its own style but they all aim to help us explore the Christian faith in an open and accessible way.
Small groups are a great way to learn through sharing and experience – so if you’re not in a group already, contact us today for more information.
At St Mary’s we have a thriving and active branch of the Mothers’ Union which meets in church on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7.30pm. We always enjoy a full programme and hear from an interesting and engaging range of speakers.
Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide and share one vision: to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. Members do not have to be mothers. Both women and men are welcome to join whether they are single, married, parents, carers or grandparents.
In our local branch we support a number of local, national, and world-wide initiatives, including our AFIA (Away from it all) caravan, which offers much-needed holidays to families who are experiencing difficult times.
Our meetings are often full of fun and laughter – come along and find out more – you would certainly be very welcome!
Contact: Susan Wolston-Croft 01787 228594 or Sue Ryman 01787 227715
Choir and Music Group
Music is such an important part of our church life in Bures and we enjoy worshipping in a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from traditional hymns to contemporary worship songs. To lead us in song we are blessed to have the ministries of both our robed choir and our music group.
The music group regularly comprises guitars, bass, keyboard, flute, saxophone, mandolin and percussion and meets early on Sunday morning to practise. The church has an excellent sound system operated by a small but dedicated team.
New singers, musicians and technicians are always welcome. For more information please contact us.
We serve tea and coffee every Sunday morning in church after the 10.30am service. It’s a lovely opportunity literally to serve our congregation and visitors. Coffee time is a chance to catch up on news and make new friends.
The team also provides delicious bacon rolls, croissants, and pastries for our monthly Breakfast Services.
If you’d like to help on the team please contact us.
Welcomers and Sidespeople
Our welcomers and sidespeople work as a team to ensure that all runs smoothly throughout the service. They are a lovely group of people whose pleasure it is to welcome you to church on Sunday mornings and to ensure you have all the information you need.
Do speak to them if you have any questions or if you have any special requirements.
If you want to know anything about the church or the service these are the people to ask!
Led by Emily Cartlidge, our enthusiastic flower arranging team work really hard to make the church look beautiful all year round.
We are always looking for new members of the team so if you’d like to have a go please contact us.
The ringing of church bells before the main Sunday service, at weddings and on other special occasions is an important feature of our church celebrations.
We have a keen band of ringers, but always welcome new recruits, from the experienced to complete beginners. All you need is reasonable health, enthusiasm and some patience – it is not quite as easy as it looks! If you are interested, come along to our Practice Night where you will be warmly welcomed.
Sunday Morning Ringing
9.45 – 10.30am except fifth Sunday
Tuesday 7.45 – 9.00pm October to March inclusive.
April to September at Wormingford.
Visitors: Visitors to the tower are always welcome for Sunday ringing or on practice night.
To confirm please contact David Lee: Tel. 01787 227116 or email us.
Prayer Ministry Team
Prayer ministry is available at all of our Sunday services, through members of our specially trained Prayer Ministry team. Prayer ministry takes place in the South Porch and the team are there to pray for any need that you may have.
People come for prayer for all kinds of things: for physical or emotional healing, for guidance or forgiveness. Sometimes prayer is for ourselves, sometimes for others, sometimes for our world. Often we just want to meet afresh with God.
The team try to pray for people as they themselves would like to be treated in prayer: with compassion, respect, dignity and in confidence.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Prayer Ministry Team please contact us.
Living with Loss
People grieve the loss of a loved one in different ways. Some need immediate support, while for others feelings may surface later. We are available at any stage to support those who have been bereaved, and we also run The Living with Loss group.
Living with Loss is designed to help those who have lost someone close to them work through some of the issues and stages of grieving. The course is open to anyone of any age who has lost someone close to them through death – whether recently or long ago.
The Living with Loss Group meets monthly in a local home, making an environment that is friendly, informal and secure. Each evening there is a short reading followed by a group discussion and a chance to share how each person is feeling.
Rest assured that no one is put under any pressure to say anything they do not wish to, but talking in a safe and secure place with others who have experienced similar things can be a source of strength and encouragement.
The group, while based on Christian principles, is suitable for anyone with or without a Christian faith or church background.
In November, we also hold an annual ‘All Souls Service’ for those who have been bereaved. Please contact us for further details.