St Mary’s is a growing, family-friendly church at the heart of Sholing – offering a place of friendship and belonging to people of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that God extends his love to everyone through Jesus Christ, so we too hope to communicate God's love and acceptance to all. Our aim is to be a diverse church which is fun and attractive; a creative community expressing love in practical ways; a multi-generational family in which people feel they belong. As we look to the future, we want to listen to the changing needs of our local community, and find new ways for people to explore the big questions of life and faith. For more info, get in touch or download our 'core values' statement here.
At St Mary’s we have a real focus on children and families... in fact, most of our recent growth has been among young families, and we hope to build on this as we continue to welcome new people into our church family, and as we serve others in our local community. We offer various child-friendly and family-focussed groups and activities on Sundays and throughout the week For more info, see the calendar below, or download our latest flyer here.
Sundays mornings begin with a traditional Communion Service at 9:30am, followed by an open coffee/community time at 10:30am, before our informal/family-friendly services kick off at 11am. These informal 11am services vary in style and format each week, but there's always something fun for children:
SEEN & HEARD [1ST SUNDAY EACH MONTH] is a fast-paced, all-age and easily-accesible service aimed at young children and the young at heart. It's short, noisy and often chaotic - but always good fun!
WORSHIP SERVICE + DYNAMITE! [2ND SUNDAY]
Join us for a relaxed, band-led worship service
+ while next door the kids enjoy an explosion
of active worship and activities at Dynamite!
TAKE 2 [3RD SUNDAY] is a creative agape service for all ages. Enjoy a laid-back morning with good coffee, great conversations, and lots of fun as we explore the big questions of life and faith.
WORSHIP SERVICE + DYNAMITE! [4TH SUNDAY] Join us again for a relaxed worship service + active worship for kids next door!
Of course, church is not just for Sundays, and we have a variety of groups throughout the week. Some of the highlights include:
CHEEKY CHERUBS [THURS @ 10-11:30AM] Putting smiles on little faces, our relaxed group for parents and babies/pre-schoolers meets on Thursdays in term-time (places are limited, so please call in advance). Or come at 9:45AM for our TODDLER SERVICE, where little ones learn to pray and explore basic Bible stories.
MESSY CHURCH [2ND FRIDAY @ 5-7PM] With
arts and crafts, stories and singing, playing and
praying, and making a mess, all wrapped up with
a simple meal together - you've never seen church
like this before! Once a month, for the whole family!
HOME GROUPS [MIDWEEK] Small groups of people meet together in one anothers homes on various days each week. New members are always welcome - contact the church office for more info.