St Mary's Church Shirehampton

Services at St Mary's
Tuesday - Friday mornings 9.00 - 9.30am
Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel

Thursday morning 11.00 Said Service of Holy Communion

Sunday morning
8.30am - 9.30am  ‘Kid’s Klub’ (For children and families - Breakfast and a short service)
10.00am - Holy Communion (with a crèche for under 4’s)(Last Sunday of the month Family Service, Baptism Service)

Sunday evening services: Last Sunday of each month - 6.00pm Healing Holy Communion


On Saturday 8th August we will be holding a Bric-a-Brac at St Mary's - with coffee and cakes. Come along and snap up a bargain!

St Marys Blog

Water Meters recently installed in St Mary’s church, as required by new legislation for all public buildings, are to be read for the first time at the end of July.

We await the first metered bill with some trepidation as it will add to the already large cost of keeping the building open to supply services to the local community for funerals, weddings, help with personal problems, coffee breaks and much more, as well as the obvious reason to worship God. Many people use the quiet places in the church for prayer and meditation, the memorial chapel to remember lost loved ones and just as a place to meet friends. To run the parish church we need gas for heating a large building, electricity, essential maintenance, administration and other functions which already cost £355 per day.

Contrary to popular belief parish churches are not funded by their diocese or the national church, each has to fund its own buildings and operations AND support the diocese financially as well. It is often heard that ‘God will provide’. Well God does provide but not in the sense that money will just arrive when it is needed. God’s miracle is in providing generous people who donate their time, effort and money to support their church. There is reason to thank the people of Shirehampton hugely for supporting fundraising events such as seasonal fayres and other fund raising events. Their support through just popping in for a coffee is valuable – every little helps. Gratitude also to the St Mary’s Church family for their generosity in supporting fundraising events as well as their valuable regular stewardship giving. Please keep on being part of God’s miracle by continuing to support your parish church. We look forward to seeing you.

Roger Derrick.