Information for Newcomers
If you are thinking about coming along to a service for the first time at St Mary’s or All Saints, you will be very welcome, with or without faith, whatever your background. We are friendly but also aware of the need to give people space.
Sometimes people come after many years away from the Church, often when something changes in their lives. Perhaps you now have children and want them to experience what you had as a child: Sunday School and being part of a church family. Or maybe you are going through a difficult time and you want somewhere to try and make sense of it. You may be at a time in your life when you are asking big questions, such as how you want to live the rest of your life, whether there is any meaning, or why there is suffering. Whatever the reason, many of us have found St Mary’s to be helpful in various ways, whether through the beauty of ritual and music, through prayer, through the sense of a sacred space in the building itself, or through friendship and community. We hope you do too.
St. Mary’s Amersham
If you haven’t been to church before, or for many years, there is no need to worry as you will be guided through the service and told when to stand up and sit down. If you have very young children, there is a soundproof crèche where you can still hear the service. (There is also a Sunday School and youth group.) There isn’t a dress code and you can sit wherever you like! There is coffee after the main 10:15 service if you want to get to know people (and sometimes after some of the other services too).
If you have been coming along for a little while and are wondering what the next step might be, it is a good idea to take a booklet for newcomers from the back of the church and fill in a visitor’s card next time you come. You will be invited to the next newcomers’ evening (usually an annual event, in the spring) and if you provide an email address, you will be added to the mailing list and emailed about social events and special services. You can also ask to be added to the Rector’s mailing list to receive the sermons (email the Parish Office). It can take time to become part of a community, and becoming part of a group can help.
Download the St. Mary’s information leaflet here.
All Saints, Coleshill
All Saints Church is set on the top of the hill where it can be seen from all points of the village of Coleshill and from which there is a huge view of the surrounding countryside. Unlike many other small villages (the population of Coleshill is only about 600), it is fortunate in having a service of worship every Sunday morning. This is always a communion service but, in order to accommodate the varying views and wishes of the congregation, this alternates between the traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer and the modern service from Common Worship. It is held at 9am except on the 2nd Sunday of the month when, in an effort to help older people and families with younger children, it is at 10am. These are usually the Sundays when families choose to have their children baptised.
In addition to the morning services, there is an evening service on the first Sunday of each month which is attended by worshippers from across the Parish. The music at all services is led by a choir and the evening service, which is always sung, is sometimes a full choral evensong. The Rector or one of his curates comes from Amersham to take the services. The administration is in the hands of two Pro-Wardens and the Church Committee which meets four times each year and has representatives on the Parochial Church Council where issues about the church life of the whole Parish, including Coleshill, are discussed and decided. The activities of the church are not confined to Sundays. The Magpie Club provides Christian teaching for children from the school; there are tea parties for people who are elderly and there is a team of volunteers who visit those who are sick, housebound, lonely or bereaved.
You can download the full All Saints Church – Introduction for Newcomers booklet here.
We have several events for newcomers each year which you will be invited to if you fill in a visitor’s card, such as an evening in the church with wine and a guided historical tour from the Rector; coffee mornings; and trips to the pub. Newcomers are especially welcome to our Harvest Supper too.
More information from the Parish Administrator, who can be contacted via the Parish Office.
We hope you will visit us soon!