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:firstname.lastname@example.org.AlternativelyifyouhavequeriesyoumaycontacttheBeneficeSafeguardingOfficer,LizSlater,on01308897751orbyemailat email@example.comThe Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Heather Bland 07500 664800 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re delighted to have the church open again and to return to our regular Sunday services, albeit in a somewhat different way. Thanks to Paul Cheater’s efforts our choir has been busy making recordings of hymns and communion music to use in services, as singing is not currently allowed in church. Some years’ ago Paul recorded organ music for hymns with the help of a professional sound engineer, Michael McCarthy (with 2 BAFTA wins to his name) and these recordings have been widely used in the Benefice as well as elsewhere. Now, with the wonders of modern software we have been able to add “congregational singing” from our own homes, again put together by Michael in New Malden. Being able to enjoy hymns in services makes a big difference, so if any other churches in the Benefice would like CDs, do let Wendy know (email@example.com or phone 482532).