St Mary's is one of seven Parish Churches within the Bride Valley Benefice. Church business is dealt with on a day to day basis by the standing committee of the Parochial Church Council:Chairman: The Rector, Churchwardens: Richard Jones and John VercoeSecretary: Wendy: FirrellTreasurer: Freddie Spicer The full Council meets four times a year including the Annual Church Meeting in April. The pattern of Worship currently in use on a monthly basis is Morning Worship at 9.30 a.m. with refreshments afterwards, Holy Communion with hymns at 9.30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday, Matins at 9.30 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday and Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. on the 4th Sunday; the service on a 5th Sunday varies and is usually a United Valley Service at one of the Valley Churches.Copies of the Parish Magazine and Bride Valley News are available in the Church.
The Churchyard: The churchyard surrounds the Church and slopes fairly sharply in places from north to south; the extension at the north end is presently a wildlife area with paths and picnic places from which you can enjoy a vast panoramic view of the coastal ridge with Hardy's monument to the east. There are many interesting old gravestones including box graves cut from Purbeck stone liberally adorned with yellow lichens. The grass is cut and the yard generally maintained by a small band of volunteers who are constantly on the lookout for additions to their number!The War Memorial is situated to the west of the church porch. More detailshere
St.Mary’sChurchtakesisresponsibilitiessurroundingthesafeguardingofchildren,youngpeople,andadultswhomaybeatrisk veryseriouslyandworksinpartnershipwiththeDioceseofSalisburytoensurethatweworkinaccordancewithbestpracticeatall times.OurParishSafeguardingPolicywasadoptedbythePCCon8thMay2018andacopyofitisavailableontheshelfinsidethe Church. It can also be downloaded from the Salisbury Diocese website: www.salisbury.anglican.orgIfyouhavesafeguardingconcerns,ourParishSafeguardingcontactisPaulCheater01308482223,email:email@example.com.AlternativelyifyouhavequeriesyoumaycontacttheBeneficeSafeguardingOfficer,LizSlater,on01308897751orbyemailat firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Heather Bland 07500 664800 email:email@example.com
On Sunday 5th (Palm Sunday) Reverend Liz Howlett will be licensed as Associate Priest by Bishop Karen at 6.00pm in St Mary’s Church. All are welcome at this special service and refreshments will be served afterwards.Reverend Liz Howlett will be joining the Ministry Team once she is Licensed and will regularly take services on the 2nd Sunday of the month around the Benefice, with the occasional midweek service at Burton Bradstock, as well as continuing her work at Othona.In Holy Week there will be a service of Compline at 7.00 p.m. on Monday 6th and on EasterSunday (12th) our Holy Communion service at 9.30 a.m. will be taken by Revd Ryder RogersWith spring around the corner we are looking for new recruits for the grass-cutting rota. If you have always wanted to use a ride-on mower, now is your chance! If you are interested, please contact John Vercoe on 482110.