Details about our services...
At St. Mary Fryerning we offer a warm welcome to people of all ages. We believe that God values everyone. We have a Sunday Club that provides age-appropriate activities on the second and third Sundays of each month, using the Scripture Union Salt material. The children begin in church with the entire congregation and leave after the first hymn, often chosen by the children, with their teachers. On the first Sunday in the month they are warmly welcomed as part of our Family Service with communion. On the Fourth Sunday of the month they are either welcome to come to our Communion Service or to go to our sister parish of St. Mary the Virgin in Fryerning, where there is a Family Service held at 11.15 am.
Book of Common Prayer Communion Service
This is a said service using traditional forms and language. It is quiet and reflective with the celebrant usually preaching for less than five minutes. These services are held on alternate Sunday mornings at 8 am, lasting around thirty minutes. The service is also held where there is a 5th Sunday. The same service is used for midweek communion on a Thursday at 11 am.
Common Worship Morning Prayer
Here the church has produced its own service booklet, based on material from Common Worship. The fourth Sunday in the month tends to be slightly more traditional than the second Sunday. The service is around an hour in length. The sermon would usually be based on expounding the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the day, though on occasions may be a special sermon on a specific subject. Hymns will either be from Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard or from The Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New.
Family Service with Common Worship Communion
This is a very modern style of worship, aimed specifically at being ‘family friendly’ and accessible to children and young people. Both the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer are sung to contemporary settings. The Songs are chosen from The Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New. The talk aims to be interactive. The service is between forty-five and fifty minutes in length.
Common Worship Holy Communion
This is a modern service using a booklet produced by the Church from the Common Worship material. Hymns are usually chosen from The Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New and would reflect a mixture of traditional and modern hymns. The sermon would usually be expository and on the readings from The Revised Common Lectionary.
We have a robed choir at all of the 9.45 services.
We are delighted whenever there is the opportunity to baptise children. We hold the service on a Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. This recognises the reality that many families and friends will live a long distance from Ingatestone and gives them the opportunity to travel to the service in the afternoon. We also avoid mixing families together, so that every service is specifically for the child in question, welcoming them into God’s family. We use a modern Common Worship service, taking less than thirty minutes.
Being the focal point of the village, the parish church is a delightful setting in which to be married for those who live in the village or who worship regularly at the church.
Funeral contacts should always be made initially through any of the local funeral directors. They will arrange, in consultation with the Revd. Patrick Sherring, a funeral service for those who lived in the parish of Ingatestone. The churchyard is closed. Burial would normally be at Fryerning cemetery, which is administered by the Parish Council. The contact for the parish council is Mr. Arthur Thomas, Clerk, First Floor (Rear), Community Club, High Street, Ingatestone. CM4 9ED 01277 353315 E-mail email@example.com Office hours 9.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.00 Tuesdays & Thursdays.
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