St Mary’s 10.45 service structure

We are developing our pattern of Sunday morning services at St Mary’s from September.

This is partly in response to feedback about how much our choir and music are valued. Services with a prominent choral component are often particularly well attended. We have therefore decided to modify the service structure to introduce Choral Matins services on 5th Sundays and occasional Choral Eucharists.

Matins is an uplifting Morning Prayer service based on the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer and there are many wonderful Matins canticles written by a wide range of composers. The choir has been regularly singing these and Choral Eucharist settings when away on cathedral visits, such as the recent week in Canterbury, and is looking forward to sharing this repertoire with the congregation at St Mary’s.

We have also decided to replace the monthly all-age worship on the 2nd Sunday of the month with another Common Worship Eucharist service. This change will be complemented by occasional whole church services across the year to mark festivals and to bring the Zone2 and St Mary’s congregations together.

Easter Day 2017 in St Mary’s with choir and orchestra
(Photo: Caroline Sinagola)

A summary of the changes is as follows:

i.   5th Sundays – Choral Matins

ii.  2nd Sundays – Common Worship Eucharist to replace the all-age services

iii. Choral Eucharist approximately every other month, typically on the 4th Sunday to coincide with the BCP liturgy


Michael Dow, Director of Music