St Mary’s Church is situated in Church Close next to the Village Hall and is in the parish of Henbury. The parish includes the districts of Henbury, Brentry and Hallen as well as the Blaise Castle estate and the Mall shopping centre at Cribbs Causeway. Our vicar is Revd David Lloyd.
On the outside, St Mary’s looks like a typical picture postcard parish church. On the inside you will find that we have removed some of the pews to create a platform and a more welcoming entrance. Our worship is enhanced by our lively Director of Music, James, and our singing group.
During term-time, the Junior Church meets in the Village Hall during the 10 a.m. service, joining the rest of the congregation in the church building for communion and the last song. We also have a children’s corner in church for younger children who wish to stay with their parents. Occasionally we have an all-age service in the church, with more child friendly worship and activities related to the theme of the service dotted around the building.
After the 10 a.m. service people gather in the Village Hall for coffee, biscuits and chat. Sometimes we have Sunday lunches, either bring & share or provided by the Mothers’ Union.
We also use the Village Hall for our Christmas Fair, social events and Messy Church. On the Bank Holiday Mondays at the end of May and August the church is open for visitors and tea & home-made cakes are served in the Village Hall garden.
We are really pleased to be able to worship together once again. Whilst some Covid restrictions have been lifted there are others still in place that govern what we may or may not do.
Holy Communion is allowed however the conditions to be met for this to happen are stringent and difficult for St. Mary’s at this time. For this reason we are having Morning Worship at 10am on Sundays.
We are discouraged from using hymnbooks or service booklets so for the time being everything will be single use. Please take your copy home with you after the service.
Seating arrangements will be marked out in church, family groups may sit together and all will be encouraged to maintain appropriate distance.
We welcome all ages but we have to make clear adults must keep children with them at all times and the children’s corner cannot be used as we can’t guarantee to keep it safe.
The Village Hall is undergoing major refurbishment so we are unable to use the car park, serve refreshments or have access to toilet facilities.
The church will be open from 9.30am to allow people to gather safely. Hand gel must be used on entry.
I look forward to seeing you.
Revd David Lloyd
For information about weddings and baptisms please contact our Administrator on 0117 9593757.
If you would like to find out more about life and worship at St Mary’s, please feel free to call Richard or Barbara Clifton Tel: 0117 9506214.