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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.


Celebrating 300 years since the building of the current St Mary’s Church


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

Family Service
On the fourth Sunday of the month in the War Memorial Hall at 11am.
Whilst children are welcome at all our services, this service is specifically for all generations to worship together.   The word ‘family’ refers to the family of the church and those attending do not have to have children with them!  The service is informal, includes contemporary songs and is interactive and participative.  It is shorter than the other services, lasting no longer than 45 minutes.  Each of the three churches in the benefice has a Family Service each month. 

Morning Worship
On the first and third Sundays of the month at 11am (and on fifth Sundays).  This is a new service to the benefice but not to the wider church.  It is a simple, contemporary service which lends itself to greater flexibility and can be adapted easily for different occasions and times of the year.  The service has a simple liturgy and an address is given.  There are usually hymns (old and new), and members of the congregation deliver the readings and prayers.

Matins is celebrated at 11am on the third Sunday in St Peter’s Goodworth Clatford.  This is a traditional service following the old prayer book.  It uses traditional language and parts of the service are sung.  The benefice choir leads the singing.

We sing Evensong on the fourth Sunday of each month, at 4pm in winter and 6pm in summer.  It follows a similar pattern to Matins and is also from the old prayer book.  The service rotates around the benefice and the benefice choir leads the singing.

Holy Communion
At 11am on second Sundays we use the Common Worship (most recent) liturgy.  (Holy Communion is celebrated as a main morning service every week (except fifth Sundays) somewhere in the benefice.)  There is an address, members of the congregation deliver the readings and intercessions (prayers).  The benefice choir leads the singing.

Said Communion
On the fourth Sunday of the month at 8am.  This is a service with no hymns or music.  it follows the liturgy of the old prayer book and uses traditional language.  A short address is given.  This service happens every Sunday in a different church (except on third Sundays).

Morning Prayer
In addition to Sunday services at St Mary’s, Morning Prayer is said every Tuesday at 11.15am in the chapel of St Francis at St Peter’s, Goodworth Clatford.  It follows the format of the Daily Office used by the Society of St Francis and lasts 30 minutes.


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 evening and the third Wednesday morning 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 Katrina Dykes.
 Part of a wider ChurchWe are a Church of England church and part of a wider family of Christians.
We are part of the Anna Benefice along with St Peter’s, Goodworth Clatford, and All Saints’, Upper Clatford.  We share some services with them and 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 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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