To find out more about any of the active groups at St. Mary's please check the information below, or Contact Us using our easy to use enquiry form.
Church Social Group
We enjoy day trips, theatre trips,
the pantomime, quiz nights, skittles evenings, etc. etc. Open to all - church family,
friends and non-church goers. One Sunday each month we go out to lunch, and on
one afternoon per month we go out for “Tea and Chat”. There’s always a lift for the
Group Chairperson - Elizabeth Surplice tel 07545 075 753
The Mothers Union
The Mothers Union group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at St. Mary’s Church in the Lounge at the back of the Church. There is a varied program of activities throughout the year. MU was founded in the early 1800s by Mary Sumner who realised that young women with children needed a place go in which to find friendship and love. There are now branches in over 83 countries in the world, where love is shown through action in helping those not so well off as we are. At St. Mary’s we meet on the second Tuesday in the month for lunch at 12 noon, followed by various speakers and discussions, not forgetting prayer, and of course tea, biscuits and a friendly group of people all pleased to welcome newcomers of any age or gender.
President - Rosemary Jacobs tel 01827 714445
The Girls Friendly Society (GFS)
The GFS is a Christian organisation, originally started by Mary Townsend in 1875 and now running in 25 countries worldwide, is for girls from 6 years of age upwards. A national organisation for girls aged from 6 to 18 years and similar to the Guides in make up but Christian based. Meet on various nights according to age group. There are four sections:- Junior members; members; senior members and leaders. Groups meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the Youth HQ attached to the church.
Leader - Sharon Holland tel 01827 750475
Small friendship groups meet in
one another’s homes for fellowship, bible study,coffee and biscuits.
Contact - Rev. Michael Brandsma tel 01827 437292
The Music Group
St. Mary’s loves music! The Music Group meet on a Friday evening for rehearsals and they sing and play for the Sunday morning services. Some instrument tuition is provided for juniors. The Music Group(s) meets every Friday at 7:30pm in the Lounge at the back of the church.
Contact - Mary Gilbert tel: 01827 712025
Stay & Play Group
On Monday morning 10:30 - 12:00, during school term times we hold a stay and play group for children of pre-school age and their parents or guardians. The Stay & Play is held in the Youth Headquarters (YHQ), which is accessed from the car park at the rear of church building.
Contact - Anjee Busby tel: 07769 653782
The Mens Breakfast
The men of the Church meet on the first Saturday of every month. Meeting starts in the Youth Head Quarters at 8:00am - 8:15am and we are usually sitting down for breakfast at 8:30am. Following a hearty breakfast there is a lively discussion and a great time of sharing.
Contact Paul Ford tel 01827 718335
The Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade (CLCGB)
often referred to as “The Brigade,” is “The Anglican Church’s own uniformed youth organisation: welcoming children and young people of all faiths and none.” This organisation has a lot of history and, for over 100 years, The Brigade has been fulfilling its object “to extend the kingdom of Christ among lads and girls”.
Leader - Margaret Wilkins tel: 01827 711684
The Bell Ringers
St. Mary’s has a ring of 8 light bells, installed in 1987. The bells are easy to ring and anyone aged between 10 and 90 years can learn to ring a bell in about 6 hours. After that, there is the chance to ring at other towers with experienced ringers, to improve your ringing.
If you would like to join us or find out more, please send us an email, call and visit or give us a ring.
Contact - Fred Gilbert tel: 01827 712025