We love people visiting to share in our worship of Jesus Christ. But we also realize visiting any new community can feel daunting – especially if you are still only exploring faith or aren’t used to church.
What should I expect when I visit one of your services?
You should expect to find a welcoming community trying to live out its faith in Jesus in a complex world. We worship together to find hope and instruction from the Bible, to pray for God’s help, and to share in the bread and wine (known as Holy Communion, or Eucharist) where we experience Jesus’ presence in a special way.
Are your services traditional or contemporary?
Both. St Mary’s is part of the Anglican tradition, which believes that Christian faith is always contemporary, yet also anchored in a bigger story and tradition. That’s why our worship times draw on the best of the church’s 2000 year history. Our services contain some symbolic elements because we believe that when it comes to knowing God, words and actions belong together.
Don’t worry if some things don’t make sense at first. Joining any new community takes time and every family has its own customs. We just want you to feel relaxed and to know you are among friends who are on the same journey.
What happens when I arrive?
When you arrive, someone will greet you at the door and give you everything you need to participate in the service. If you fill out a contact card, someone from the church will be in touch with you during the week to see if we can help you in any way.
How do your Sunday services differ?
We have a mixture of worship styles, all of which include prayer, scripture and song. See below for more information.