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
The church was beautifully decorated for Christmas and our thanks go to those who decorated the tree and arranged all the flowers. Thanks to the generosity of the congregations at the Carol Service, the Crib Service and Midnight Communion, the combined collections totalled £536, which has been donated equally to Julia’s House and the Pilsdon Community.Many thanks to those who kindly donated for the church to be floodlit for a total of nineteen nights over Christmas and the New Year. The floodlights lit up the church over Christmas, but unfortunately a fault prevented them coming on for six nights over the New Year. Now having been inspected by an electrician it appears that the floodlights are badly corroded and will have to be replaced, which hopefully will happen over the next few weeks. When they are once again functioning they will be lit up for the “missing” six nights. During the weekend of 14th – 16th February there will be a Wedding Festival throughout the Benefice – a joyful celebration of loving relationships of all kinds. All the churches will have wedding-themed displays on Saturday 15th from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, and on Sunday 16th all the churches will hold the same service at 10.30 am to celebrate “Loving and Caring”.The end of the month sees the start of Lent, with Pancake Day on the 25th and Ash Wednesday on the 26th January.