Your first Visit to St Mary's
If you are considering visiting a church for the first time we know it can be daunting - there are lots of questions, and you are probably wondering what to expect when you arrive. To find the answers quickly, we've put a list below to save time so you don't need to trawl through the entire site.The one thing we try very hard to do is give everyone a warm welcome, and try to make your visit enjoyable.
Who are we?
St Mary's is a wide range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds. Whoever you are you are assured a very warm welcome.
Where are we?
at Brighton Road, Burgh Heath, KT20 6AW (almost opposite the Shell Garage and the junction where Reigate Road A240 meets Brighton Road A217). Click for a map
There is parking available on site. It is also possible to park in roads around the back of the church accessed through Canons Lane, but please be considerate of our neighbours if using this space.
When to arrive?
If it's your first visit then it's probably best to turn up around 9:45am. If you are driving give yourself sufficient time to park. You'll be greeted at the door by our 'Welcome Team' who will give you some information about the service and notices of forthcoming events. Tea and Coffee are served both before and mid-way through the service enabling you to meet with new people.
What to wear?
This is easy. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. There is no need to dress up to try and be someone that you're not. Whether you come as a suited businessman or very casual is fine with us.
Our building is over 100 years old so, whilst it is heated, do bring an extra layer during the Winter months!
What to expect
For most of us going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here's a quick summary of what you can expect at St Mary's. First of all we are very down to earth, and we can all remember a first 'first day' at church. You'll find we are a friendly bunch, and if you don't understand something please simply ask.
We usually meet for a short (40 minute) All Age service followed by coffee, tea and cakes. If you are visiting us or not sure if church is for you, you are most welcome to come to the All Age service, stay for refreshments and then to leave if you so wish. Of course you’d be most welcome to stay to 'go deeper' with God through a choice of options. Each week you can choose between a number of ‘streams’ to explore a chosen theme. These usually include a talk stream which goes deeper into the chosen subject. There may also be a discovery stream for those who are finding their way in the faith; a reflective stream for those who appreciate space for prayer or worship; or a creative stream in which we help you to express your faith through the arts. There is always at least one stream appropriate for children.
You have a choice of how long to stay. You can leave immediately after the All Age around 10:40; or you leave after refreshments just after 11:00; or you can stay for a 'going deeper' option, which finishes around 11:45.
You don't need to bring a Bible as one is provided by each seat. We do not take a collection during the service, although there is the facility to make a donation when you first come in, but there is no obligation.
Our aim is that whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years that you should be encouraged and inspired by the morning, and we hope that everyone will draw closer to God.
We would encourage you to take one of our welcome leaflets which contains numerous contact points and ways in which you can contribute to the life of the church at St Mary's
What we believe
We are a Christian church and believe that all can have relationship with God. We believe this relationship with God is possible because of Jesus (God's only Son) who invites us to follow him. We have friendly relationships with other local churches from both traditional and modern backgrounds. If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith then please come along on a Sunday or contact the office to ask for a free booklet. We also run courses such as Alpha
to help you explore the Christian faith.
At St Mary's on the 2nd and 4th Sunday (see details
of coming Sundays) we celebrate Holy Communion during the service. This is to commemorate and share in the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. At the time of the communion in the service clear directions will be given as to how you can participate.We have a policy of admitting children to communion and we invite you to talk to one of the welcomers about how that works.
As Christians, we believe that prayer changes things. If we are poorly, or stressed or in need of prayer for some other reason we pray, either alone or with others. There is always someone who would be happy to pray with you after the service. The service leader will point you in the right direction, so please do not be afraid to go and see them and be prayed with and for.
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives pleasing to him. We're not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we desire to make a positive difference in everything we do. To further encourage us we have midweek small groups (a small group is simply a meeting of maybe 6-10 people in someone's house). Small groups are a great way to get to know others in the church and to be real with each other about everyday living - click here
for more information.
For those with disabilities
We aim to be an all-inclusive church and do have disabled facilities. Our premises are easily accessed as are also the kitchen area and toilet. We have reserved parking spaces near the entrance. Rather than a loop for the hearing impaired we have individual necklace receivers - please ask for one and set your hearing aid to the 'T' position. If you wish to discuss specific needs please contact the Church Office
We look forward to welcoming you.