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
There will be no morning service here on Sunday 1st December, instead we shall be hosting an Advent Service of Light at 6.00 pm with special music for the season.We hope many of you will come to our Christmas Services:Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 22nd at 6.00 p.m. followed by mulled wine and mince pies. (No morning service that day.)Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4.00 p.m. - a lovely start to Christmas for all the family, and Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve starting at 11.30 p.m.Light up the Church this Christmastime - For a donation of only £5 you can floodlight the Church for an evening over the Christmas and New Year period, either to remember a loved one or to celebrate an anniversary or event. Please contact Freddie Spicer on 482617.