9am & 11am – What to Expect

IMG_9742Whether 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 main Sunday services are at 9am and 11am. Both services have groups for children up to age 11. The 11am service also has groups for 11-18 year olds. The 9am service lasts for just over an hour, whereas the 11am service lasts for an hour and 15 minutes.

Both services are relaxed in feel, with the 9am slightly more traditional and the 11am slightly more contemporary in atmosphere.

On the second Sunday of the month, we have a ‘Songs of Praise’ service, and on months with five Sundays, we run a special service of Choral Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer on the fifth Sunday.

What should I expect when I come to church?

When you arrive a member of our welcome team will greet you. 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.

At each service we have a sermon or talk from the Bible of around 15-20 minutes, where we hear what it is to trust and follow Jesus.

What happens to children and young people at church?

kids at St Mary's logoBoth the 9am and 11am services have groups for children and young people aged 0 to 11, while the 11am also has groups for 11-18 year olds. Children and young people go to their own age-appropriate groups after about 10 minutes, except at the 11am service on the first Sunday of the month, where everyone stays together in church for the whole service.

The children’s and young people’s 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 9am and 11am services we serve refreshments. These are 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.

If you have any other questions, get in touch! We’d love to hear from you. You can also read more about us here or under the “About” menu above.