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What’s Happening at St Mary’s

We’re not just an attractive Grade 1 listed building, there is a lot going on in our little church.
For one-off events at the church please see the village website calendar.

Tercentenary2

Celebrating 300 years Since the Building of the Current St Mary’s Church

Our Grade 1 listed parish church is was built in 1716 and now that it has been restored to its former glory we plan to hold a series of events over the Summer in celebration of its tercentenary.  These will include:-

Sunday 17th April St Mary’s church – The building

10am Service of thanksgiving for the successful completion of the recent major repairs funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  (Includes a talk by the project architect Duncan Wilson.)

Friday 17th June ‘Chapter & Verse’ Concert

This popular entertainment makes a return visit to the War Memorial Hall.

Friday 1st July Abbotts Ann Primary School church service

10am service to celebrate The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Public welcome to attend.

Saturday 23rd – Sun 24th July.  St Mary’s Church in the wider community,

Flower festival – 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday | History Exhibition: The World of Abbotts Ann 300 years ago, 10am-5pm both days | Ploughman’s lunch (Saturday)

Abba’s Angels tribute band concert, Old Rectory garden – bring your own picnic (Saturday evening)  

Peal attempt by Ancient Society of College Youths (Sunday afternoon) |

Cream teas (Sunday) | ‘Songs of praise’ service (Sunday evening).

Sunday 4th September – St Mary’s Church and its people

Evensong led by the Bishop of Basingstoke.

If you have any queries about, or suggestions for, this programme please contact Tim Tayler on 710201 or Lynne Lucas on 710037, or for Flower Festival matters Elizabeth Howard on 710830 (see below).

ServicesThere is a service every week at St Mary’s, and these take a variety of forms.
For a list of dates for all upcoming services visit A Church Near You.

Family Services
On the third Sunday of the month is our Family Service which takes place in the War Memorial Hall at 10am.
The service is lay-led and suitable for all ages with activities laid on for children.
The service runs every month (except August and December), normally in the War Memorial Hall but in church on Mothering Sunday and out of doors in July – weather permitting.

There are also special one-off events for children run in the parish and wider Benefice, including a Christingle service before Christmas and a Good Friday Benefice craft service.

Benefice Eucharist
Once a month we host the Benefice Eucharist, on the second Sunday at 9.30am.

Evensong
We celebrate Evensong on the first and second Sundays of each month, at 4pm in winter and 6pm in summer.

Holy Communion
8am service on the third and fourth Sundays of each month.Children's Activities

The church has close ties with Abbotts Ann Church of England Primary School; we lead some school assemblies and sponsor the Fun Club. The Fun Club is an after-school club open to children in Years 5 and 6. Activities are set around three areas; exploring Christian faith, serving the community and having fun. Bible StudyA Bible study group meets in the village on the first Tuesday morning and the third Wednesday evening every month. For more information on this please contact a member of the PCC.
Please also look out for extra Benefice prayer groups in Advent and Lent. Unable to get to ChurchIf you live in the parish and lack the transport to get to church then please contact a church warden who may be able to arrange a lift with another congregation member. If you are unable to attend services but would still like to take Holy Communion then please contact the Rev David Broad.
 Part of a wider ChurchWe are a Church of England church and part of a wider family of Christians.
There are two other churches in our Benefice: St Peter’s, Goodworth Clatford, and All Saints’, Upper Clatford, and we share some services with them. You can see details on their web pages:

St Peter’s Goodworth Clatford

All Saints, Upper Clatford

We are part of the Andover Deanery in the Diocese of Winchester. To find out what is happening in the wider Diocese visit the Winchester Anglican website.

We are also part of a worldwide church and as a Diocese have partnerships with various dioceses around the world. Through the Andover Deanery we have a specific link with the Anglican province of Madi, West Nile in Uganda.

We are a Fair Trade Church

Other Ways to get involved

  • Bell ringing
  • Benefice Choir
  • Flower arranging
  • Holy Dusters
  • Sides people
  • PCC
  • Fundraising & much more

Please speak to a church warden if interested.

 

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