Family Service at 9.30am, followed by coffee, soft drinks and biscuits (Please note there is no Family Service in August)
Choral Matins at 11.00am
Choral Eucharist at 6.30pm
Choral Eucharist at 10.30am, followed by coffee, soft drinks and biscuits
Choral Evensong at 6.30pm
Evensong is sung at St Mary's on Wednesdays and Fridays during school term time at 5.30pm. There is a Holy Communion Service (said) every Sunday at 8.00am, and every Wednesday at 10.00am, followed by coffee, soft drinks and biscuits. Please note that service times may change; check with the Church Newsletter
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From 2008 new regulations came into force regarding who can legally qualify to get married at St Mary's Church. Couples need to establish a "qualifying connection" by virtue of one or more of the following:
a) by being baptised in St Mary's and having an entry in the baptism register;
b) by being confirmed in the Church of England and having an entry in St Mary's confirmation register;
c) by having a parent or grandparent who was married at St Mary's;
d) by having your usual place of residence in the Parish for at least six months;
e) by having a parent whose usual place of residence has been in the Parish for at least six months during your lifetime;
f) by habitually attending public worship at St Mary's for at least six months;
g) by one parent habitually attending public worship at St Mary's for at least six months.
The clergy will be willing to talk through these options in more detail with couples. In addition, if either party has had a previous marriage dissolved then this must be discussed with the clergy in accordance with the Church of England guidelines.
About two months before the wedding your banns will be read in Church. This is a legal requirement and a public announcement of your intention to marry. You should be present to hear your banns read, and it is often a good time to involve parents. If either of you live outside the area covered by the Warwick Team of churches you must arrange for banns to be read at the parish where you live, and obtain a certificate which you should bring with you to the wedding rehearsal. Please note that we cannot legally marry you without this certificate.
Choosing wedding music can be a daunting prospect. In order to help you decide, St Mary's produces a list of hymns and choral and organ music. This list of Wedding Music Repertoire includes a wide range of recommendations of both the traditional and the contemporary music (including the standard "classics") that from our experience works well in St Mary's. St Mary's can provide a treble voice choir made up of either girls' or boys' voices (subject to availability) or a full choir of men and boys, or men and girls, (subject to availabity) to help lead the singing of the hymns and provide music during the signing of the register. Where the choir is singing a conductor is required and will be provided. Please bring 20 copies of the order of service to the wedding rehearsal so that the choir can rehearse the hymns before the day itself. St Mary's will provide an organist from its team of professional musicians. If you need to explore your music choices still further, the Director of Music, Thomas Corns, will be happy to discuss these with you;
he can be contacted on 01926 403940 or emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
These are helpful to the congregation because a couple's choice may often be from a number of different hymnbooks. If you intend to have these printed, do allow plenty of time. Three weeks before your wedding is a good rule of thumb if you are using a professional printer. The Parish Office is also able to do good quality service sheets at a competitive price. (see contact details below).
Please make sure your photographer knows photos are permitted only during the signing of registers, the arrival of the bride and groom, when you leave in procession, and outside the Church. Professional videos may be made only by prior arrangement with the Vicar of St Mary's. If music and musicians are involved in your wedding, a licence must be applied for from the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society for the professionally made video, and additional fees are payable to the musicians. The focus of the service is the bride and groom so it is important that the person making the video recording remains in the designated place and does not distract from the couple getting married. Please note that guests are not permitted to take photos or videos during the service.
St Mary's has an excellent flower team who give their services free.............so more of your money can go on flowers. They will provide two pedestal arrangements to a professional standard (plus decorations for the end of of each row of chairs if requested). Please contact Brenda Watts on email@example.com. We would be very grateful if flowers could be left for Sunday services.
You are welcome to use confetti outside the Church, as long as it is biodegradeable.
Please contact Glynis Nixon in the Parish Office ( 01926 403940) who will be happy to arrange for a team of bellringers, subject to availability.
These are the costs of all the possible elements forweddings and blessings. Please feel free to discuss your particular requirements with the clergy. Please note that there are some additional church and musical costs if your service is videoed.
Church marriage service and fees
£514.00 (£564.00 if videoed)
Church blessing service
£486.00 (£536.00 if videoed)
£130.00 (£260.00 if videoed
Treble voices' choir and conductor
£330 (£660.00 if videoed)
Men and treble voices' choir and conductor
£550.00 (£1100 if videoed)
Inclusive total for wedding (including treble voices)
£1309.00 (£1819.00 if videoed)
Inclusive total for wedding (including men's and treble voices)
£1529.00 (£2259.00 if videoed)
Inclusive total for blessing (including treble voices)
£1281.00 (£1791.00 if videoed)
Inclusive total for blessing (including men's and treble voices)
£1501.00 (£2231.00 if videoed)
The Parish Office will send you an invoice, and payment must be made three weeks before the service takes place. Payment may be made by cash or cheque to the Parish Office. The flower arrangers will organise payment for flowers with themselves when you meet them to discuss your requirements.
If you have any questions, or if we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to ask. Contact the Parish Office on 01926 403940, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in person at the Church (the Parish Office is at the far end of the Beauchamp Chapel). You can visit the Office betweeen 10.00am and 1.00pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
See also yourchurchwedding.org for information on planning your church wedding.
To discuss a Christening, Thanksgiving or Baptism at St Mary's contact the Parish Office. Email email@example.com for details.
For those who are newly born there is a Service of Thanksgiving, and a Service of Baptism. However, in this day and age people's spiritual journeys are much more varied, so, for adults, the provision has been included to include services of Baptism, Confirmation, Affirmation of Baptismal Faith, and Reception into the Church of England. There are different implications behind each of these choices, and it is important to chose the service that is right for you.
Baptism marks the first steps in a person's journey of faith. This journey is a process of discovery which takes place within a community. The Church, parents and godparents are partners within the common adventure of faith, and this sense of collaboration underlies the solemn vows that are made on behalf of a child in infant baptism. In the service the godparents, parents and Church promise to keep the child in their prayers and to help him or her in their journey of faith. Their vows include the following questions and answers, and it is important that godparents have made these vows for themselves before making them on behalf of someone else.
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ
Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ
Baptism has always been a sign of membership of the Church, which is why it is important that this service relates to the ongoing life of the local church. Any relationship goes through times of change and development. At a baptism a child begins his or her Christian journey and there are other stages on this road such as confirmation and first communion. Parents and godparents have an immensely important part to play in all this because it is their task to give the child they have brought for baptism the opportunity of growing in faith, just as he or she will develop physically or emotionally.
In the service of Baptism parents and godparents are affirming their own Christian faith and promising that they will bring up a child within that faith and within the family of the Church. Understandably some people feel that commitment is not something they can undertake but they would still like to give thanks for this wonderful moment in their lives. The birth or adoption of a child is a cause for celebration, and this service provides an opportunity for parents and families to give thanks and to pray for their life together. This service does not involve the same solemn promises as a service of Baptism but includes special prayers for the child and for his or her parents. Just as a child is dependant on the food provided by others, so we all need to feed on the Word of God, and in this service the child is presented with a special Bible which will be a source of spiritual nourishment in their journey of faith.
Increasingly everyone is making their own individual journey of faith. Better relations between the different denominations mean it is not unusual for people to move from one church to another in their spiritual pilgrimage. Sometimes they feel that they have found their "home" in the Church of England and wish to be formally received into the Anglican family. This is done by the Bishop in a special part of the Confirmation Service. Others have found that although they have been baptised or confirmed at a young age their faith journey has involved time away from the Church family. It is not possible to be "rebaptised" or "reconfirmed" but it is possible to solemnly reaffirm your baptismal vows, and that too can be done with the Bishop at a Confirmation Service or in your local church with people you know.
Because the whole Church is being asked to pray for the child being baptised, it is important that the service has an element which involves the whole congregation. Ideally the whole service can be included in one of the Family Services at 9.30am on the first Sunday of the month, or during the 10.30am Choral Eucharist on other Sundays. If that is not possible then it is possible to arrange a service at midday, and we ask that the family present its child at the next Family Service, when we are able to welcome them into God's family and present them with their certificate and a children's Bible.
This service is well suited to the traditional, quiet service for close family members in a church late on Sunday morning, or in the afternoon. Because the Service of Thanksgiving does not include the same commitment to growing within the family of the Church there is not the same need for the service to link in with the wider congregation. Nevertheless, we would be happy to welcome you to one of the Family Services and to present the Bible on that occasion.
Usually there are three godparents, traditionally two godmothers for a girl and two godfathers for a boy, but this is flexible. However, it is usual for all godparents to have been confirmed and vital that they are baptised.
You are more than welcome to take photos around the font after the service, or to gather people together to video family and friends, but often we find that if these things are done in the service more people watch the camera than the baby!
The first thing to do is to think through all that you have just read. There may be things with which you agree, some things with which you disagree, and some things that puzzle you. We are willing to talk further about any of this and to help you in any way we can. If you would like to take things further please contact Revd Vaughan Roberts at the Rectory, the Butts, Warwick, or on 01926 492909.
The churches in the Warwick Team make every effort to welcome children to their worship. At St Mary's there is a Family Service at 9.30am on the first Sunday of the month, and a Sunday School meets on the other three Sundays during the 10.30 Sung Eucharist. To find out more please ring 01926 312861. Looking ahead we have choirs for girls (aged 9 to 18, and for boys (aged 7 to 14). Please contact our Director of Music through the Parish Office on 01926 403940. We understand the pressures which can make it difficult to fulfil the vows you make on behalf of your child and are working hard to provide the support parents and families need in this day and age.
Whatever you decide, please be assured of our care and concern for you and your child. If there is any way in which we can be of help please do not hesitate to ask.
We have now been holding Family services at St. Mary’s on a regular basis for 10 years! I find it hard to believe that from those very first small beginnings we have grown onto a major Church Service once a month (9.30 am on the first Sunday of the month). We regularly have a congregation of about 80 or more adults and children, including, Guides and Brownies, and The Colts Choir, who make a valuable contribution to our worship. It pleases me that many of our congregation come along with out children; because they find our more relaxed style of worship helpful. We are always developing the services, and offer different styles of leadership, from Vaughan, myself and other adults who feel that they can take over this important role, and most importantly, the children themselves, from Sunday School and the Guides.
In February 2007 we held our first Family Communion Service within the Family Service and it was so powerful to have a congregation of about 120 joining us, to worship God, for many it was probably their first time taking part in such a service, as Vaughan said at the beginning of the service – “there is only one person who knows how this is going to work today- God”- Well it certainly worked!
I am amazed by the fact that children aged from the age of 3 and 4 have the confidence to speak out loud in front of a full church because that is what they want to do, share their faith with others. Every Christmas the children and young people visit Park View Nursing home to share the Christmas story through reading, songs and drama and then on Christmas Eve lead the Crib service for well over 500 people. What a way of sharing their faith with so many! Please come and join us!
Catherine is our leader together with parents and young people who help. if you have any questions about St Mary’s Sunday School, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet in term time during the 10.30 Eucharist service. Whilst the first hymn is sung we line up and lead out to Church House where our activities take place. We greet each other and then take turns to share our news – things we’ve been doing during the week or anything we want to share with our friends. This is important as it helps us to be patient and listen carefully whilst others are speaking and it is good to share with each other.
We usually have a story or talk about the topic we are working on. Recently we have learned about the saints. We found out their names and discovered the important things they did. All of the children had lovely ideas about taking care of each other and being kind and helpful in all we do and say. We led a Family Service and shared what we had learned. After the story we do our craft activity. We might draw or make models or work on a special project.
The final part of our meeting is spent singing and sometimes we play a game. One particular game involves finding words on smalchildren-youth-fishl cards hidden around the room, which, when placed in the correct order, help us to remember words from the Bible, for example, “I will be with you always”. We say a prayer and then line up to go back to church singing our special Sunday school song, “I will make you fishers of men”.
As well as our weekly meetings we take part by reading and helping Vaughan in the Family Services and other special celebrations such as Mothering Sunday.