FAQ

We live in a fast paced, 24 hours per day world.  Times have changed and many people no longer attend church on a regular basis.  In places like Bearwood some people live in rented accommodation on a short term basis, often staying for only a few months before moving on.  In this environment we believe that the church still has an important role.  We aim to be an island of calm in a busy world, a spiritual home at the centre of the busy shopping and residential community. 
You might be visiting our website for many reasons.  You may be considering getting married in church, christening your child or arranging the funeral for a loved one.  Perhaps you are just seeking a little spiritual MOT and would like to pop in and visit us or attend a service.

We hope the following FAQ (frequently asked questions that many others have asked us), and the replies, answer some of the questions that you might have about visiting us.

St Mary’s Bearwood FAQ

How do I contact the Vicar?

Our email address is trinity20@hotmail.co.uk

Our telephone number is 0121 4292165

St Mary’s will also be found on Facebook.

Visiting St Mary’s

When is the church open, I would like to see inside?

St. Mary’s is usually open on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

What time are the services?

Sunday 8.00am and 10.30am; Wednesday 10.30am. These are open to everyone.

Going to a service at St Mary’s

What happens during a service?  Will I be expected to ‘know what to do’?  How will I know when to stand up and sit down?

Services usually consist of worship, prayers, and readings from the Bible; the 10.30 service on Sunday includes music and singing. Our services usually include holy communion. Feel free to join in as much, or as little, as you wish. Invitations to stand or sit are given, but we really do not mind if you would like to sit throughout the service.  

Are all of your service Holy Communion?

Yes, except for the Taize style service held once every two weeks on Saturday morning at 11.30am.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code, but most people adopt casual dress

 

Will other members of the church insist on talking to me and trying to ‘convert me’?

We might say ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’. High pressure sales tactics are not used!  

 

How long does the service take?

The main Sunday service at 10.30am usually lasts for about 60 minutes. Other services are closer to 45 minutes. However, please feel free to come and go as you wish.

 

Christenings at St Mary’s

 

I would like my child to be christened, how do I arrange this with you?

Please email or contact the Vicar, applications are usually made at ‘Parish Business’ on Saturday mornings from 10.30am.   

What happens during the service?

Christenings take place on a Sunday morning during our 10.30am service. The service usually lasts for about 80 minutes. Why not come along and watch our next christening and see what happens?

Is there a limit to how many friends and family we can invite?

We can usually host up to 200 people, but let us know beforehand.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge. Christening, or baptism as it is also called, is the beginning of the Christian journey as a follower of Jesus.

Can I make a donation to church?

If you wish, there is usually a voluntary collection during our worship.

 

Weddings at St Mary’s

I would like to get married at St Mary’s, how do I arrange this with you?

Please email or contact the Vicar, applications are usually made at ‘Parish Business’ on Saturday mornings from 10.30am.   

Why would I want to get married in a church?

Many people have told us that getting in married in church was a chance to bring God into their relationship, a special moment in their journey together as a couple.

 

What happens during the service?  How much can we customise?

We really want the service to be your wedding and reflect your wishes as far as possible. The Church of England has a special website to assist you with planning your wedding ceremony: www.yourchurchwedding.org this should give some ideas, however, the best thing to do is talk it through with the Vicar.

Is there a limit to how many friends and family we can invite?

We can usually host up to 200 people, but let us know beforehand.

How much does it cost?

The fees are fixed centrally and approved by Parliament. A copy of the current fees is available upon request.

Calling your Banns of Marriage at St Mary’s

I am getting married in a church other than St Mary’s but live in your parish what do I do?

Please email or contact the Vicar, applications are usually made at ‘Parish Business’ on Saturday mornings from 10.30am.  There is an application form which we have to complete.

 

Funerals at St Mary’s?

St Mary’s is privileged to host many funeral services. These are usually organised by the families in consultation with the undertaker and the Vicar.  

In addition, we hold an annual memorial service where all those who have died in the preceding twelve months are remembered. Details are available upon request.