Whether you are new to Chesham or have lived here all your life, you are most welcome at St Mary’s. Here is some information about our services and what you can expect when you come.
Where is St Mary’s?
You can find directions here.
When are the Sunday services?
Our Sunday services are at 8am, 10:30am and 6pm. Our 10:30 service is lively, with groups for children and young people, and lasts around an hour and a quarter. Our 8am and 6pm services are quieter and more reflective, lasting between 45 minutes and an hour.
What should I expect when I come to church?
When you come into the building you will be greeted by a member of our welcome team who will give you a piece of paper with notices on. You can sit where you like. Those leading the services try to make things as clear as they can for newcomers. Each week we have a wide range of people in the congregation, from those who have never experienced church or the Christian faith before, to those who are committed and experienced Christians.
What happens to children and young people at church?
Our 10:30 service has groups for children and young people aged 0 to 18. On the first Sunday of the month the whole church family stays together for an all age service, with teaching that engages everyone. On the other Sundays, the children and young people go to their own age-appropriate groups after about 10 minutes. These groups are led by experienced and well-trained leaders with appropriate DBS clearance. The groups take place in the St Mary’s Church Rooms, which is a separate building at the bottom of the hill next to Church Street. We always make sure newcomers know where to go. Parents with very young children can stay with their child in crèche until they feel settled, if they wish. More info for children and young people is here.
Is there a dress code?
No! Wear whatever you’d normally wear.
What facilities do you have for those with disabilities?
We have step-free access to the church through the South porch which is on the side of the church. This is the first door you come to when approaching the church from the bottom of the hill or from the path up from the Bury. The main West door through which most people enter the church for our main services has one step down. There is also a disabled toilet and we have a loop installed for those with hearing aids.
What happens at the end of the service?
After our 10:30 and 6pm services we serve refreshments. These are usually brought round on trays. Children have their own drinks and biscuits near the front of church. Many people stay and chat; this is a great opportunity to meet others.