Building a Mission Community
Ever wondered what a church service might be like, or what you might find there? At St Mary's we have a rich mix of traditional, family-friendly and contemporary services each Sunday. And we're passionate about them all - though only the clergy are likely to be found at all four!
Apart from a warm welcome, there are many other things you can expect at our Sunday services:
A more traditional service, accompanied by the Organ or Piano; using Common Worship or Book of Common Prayer and with Holy Communion on some weeks.
Contemporary service with our worship group for all ages. Including Holy Communion, Baptism and Café Style services. Children’s groups run on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the Month. The 4th and 5th Sunday is All Age Worship. Refreshments are served after the service.
Contemporary Worship on the 1st and 2nd Sunday. On the 3rd Sunday at 5pm we have a Come Closer service, an opportunity to draw close to God in the intimacy of the Father’s love. On the 4th Sunday we host the Heart 4 Harlow Service. On the 5th Sunday is Soaking Prayer, a time to rest in God’s presence.
Many of our older members in the retirement home at Fitzwilliams Court enjoy a short service at 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month followed by refreshments.
At all our services we seek life-transforming encounter with God which we hope that everyone can share in.
'Holy Communion' (a term that the Church of England uses for sharing bread and wine in thanksgiving for Jesus' death on the cross for us) is celebrated every Sunday of the month at the 8am service, the 3rd Sunday at the 10.30am service, and the 1st Sunday at the 6.30 service.
'Baptism,' (God's mark of inclusion in the worldwide church) is available at the 10.30am service on the 2nd Sunday of the month. There is a preparation course for everyone seeking baptism, whether it's for yourself, or for younger children and infants. Visit the Baptisms page on this site for more information about baptism at St Mary's.