Covid Update: please be aware that there is a new worship pattern. See the calendar at the very bottom of this page for up to date services.
From now on generally the main Sunday service at St Mary’s will be at 10:00am. Please note that masks must be worn for all services and singing is not permitted. Everyone attending must ‘sign in’ on entry either using the NHS app or recording their name and phone number.
Social distancing must be observed.
Some services may be streamed and available to watch on FaceBook. Please check Partners for details.
The North Chapel is open for private prayer every day 10:00am to 4:00 pm unless there is a service.
Monday to Friday there is a Thought for the Day at 10:00am on the Avon Valley Churches Facebook page: link on the home page.
Saturday at 10:00am there is the saturday Conversation also on the FaceBook page: link on the home page.
On-line/live streamed services can accessed via Facebook, the AVC website and are available on YouTube afterwards.
This table gives you an overview of the service pattern…please check the Calendar at the bottom of this page.
8.15am 1st & 3rd Sundays
Said Holy Communion (Traditional language)
10:00am 1st & 3rd Sundays
Morning Service (Contemporary language).
10:00am 2nd & 4th Sundays
Parish Eucharist (Contemporary language).
6:00pm, 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month
6:00pm, 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month
Sanctus – a fresh expression of church
Evensong or said Evening Prayer
During Covid restrictions Holy Communion (traditional language) is celebrated on some Wednesdays (3rd or 4th) at 10.00a.m. at St Mary’s, Fordingbridge. Please check Partners for details. Partners may be accessed via the Homepage, under the News tab below the scrolling photos.
Morning prayer is said every Monday and Wednesday at 9.00am via Zoom. Please check with the Church Office for the ID and password.
Everyone is very warmly invited to attend any of these services.
Car parking for those with disabilities and mobility problems at East end of Church in churchyard. This can be muddy in wet weather. Plans are afoot to improve this. There is alternative car parking for those with disabilities and mobility problems by the Church Hall over the road.
The Main (North) door has two steps into Porch, and a deep step into Church. During services, the South Door, which has level access for wheelchairs, is unlocked. Push door hard!
Most of the church interior is accessible on a single level.
There is an accessible toilet with a baby changing facility inside the Church, off the Choir Vestry on the South Side (open during services). During Covid restrictions please access this via the North aisle, walking across the chancel and into the choir vetry that way to avoid close contact with choir members or members of the ministry team.
The Sound System includes a loop system.
The weekly newsheet, ‘Partners’, is available in large print. Large print hymn books and Bibles are available.
Children are always welcome at all services. There is a child friendly area in the main church, but during these restrictions there are no children’s activities in the north chapel. Parents are advised to bring suitable activities for their children if needed. They may use the toys etc in the children’s area at their own risk.
We aim to be open and accessible to all. If you have any special needs with which we can help, given the limitations of a medieval building, do please let us know.