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What Is Christianity?

The message at the heart of Christianity is pretty simple. Find out what it's all about on this two-minute video. Turn your speakers on! At the bottom of the page there are details on how to ask any questions you may have.

 

What is a Christian?

‘I have always been a Christian’
‘I believe in doing good’
‘I believe in God’

People often say these things, but this is not the heart of what it means to be a Christian.

What's it all about?

Being a Christian is about knowing Jesus Christ. It is about a relationship with God, rather than religion. One of the most famous verses in the Bible sums up the heart of the Christian faith: 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' John 3:16 

Who is Jesus Christ?

He is the most amazing man who ever lived. He is God and man in the same person – the Son of God. Only Jesus can forgive, heal and save people.

Why did he come?

To clean up the mess we had got into. The Bible is clear about our need of Jesus because of our sin. The Bible says: ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ Romans. 3:23

We all sin every day. Sin is like personal pollution, a barrier a blockage or a disease that keeps us far from God. It separates us from God, and will be fatal if it is not taken away. The Bible talks about this in John 8:34, Romans 3.23, Isaiah 59:1-2.

Jesus’ death on the cross dealt with sin: ‘For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.’ 1 Peter 3:18

Jesus died and rose again, and so broke the power of sin, so we have a way open to God – through him. 

How can I become a Christian?

If we want relationships restored, there are four steps we need to take. As simple as ABCD – but it will change your life forever, as you give your life totally to God: 

Admit that I need God and that my sin separates me from him.

Believe that Jesus died and rose again for me to take my sin away and open up the way to God. This is putting your faith in Jesus.

Consider that by asking Jesus to forgive and save you, that you now need to make God the first priority in your life. He wants to be Lord of all your life and will transform you into the person you were created to be.

Decide that from this day you will live for God. Turn to him and away from your old sinful ways. Allow God to make a real difference in you and get connected to a church.

What to do now?

If you have just become a Christian then welcome to the Kingdom of God. Please let someone at St Mary's know so that we can pray with you and help you to grow in your faith.

If you would like to find out more about the Christian faith, check out our Alpha course or get in touch so that we can tell you more.


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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

We're glad you're here! This page will give you some helpful information about practicalities and what to expect at our Sunday services.

St Mary’s is a Church of England charismatic evangelical church. Our vision is to see every person and every place saturated with God. We long to see revival and the transformation of our community, as people encounter God and discover the adventure of His kingdom. 

Where and When

We have two morning services. 

Holy Communion  - 8:45am
Morning Celebration - Informal service - 10:30am

For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Host Team who will help you find your seats. There are hand-washing stations on entry to the building. Please feel free not to wear or to wear face coverings, however you prefer.  Although we no longer need to social distance, we have some seating that is socially distanced if you prefer.  You can also pick up a token to place on the seat next to you which indicates that you would like to be socially distanced.  The Host team will also be able to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your visit.

NB: There is no dress code at St Mary’s. Come as you are. We are informal. 

Plan your journey: 

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Our car park is open for use to those using the St Marys grounds.   Public car parks and road-side parking is available in the nearby streets. Loughton Tube Station is only a 7 minute walk away. Just walk up Station Road and turn right when you get to the High Road.  Contact us using the form below for more details on parking. 

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are two disabled toilets available on site.

Our Services

Our informal family services begin with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of worship, ordinarily led by our band but due to the current Covid restrictions we are primarily using recorded content. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible-based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

Main church worship

What about my kids?

If you have children with you, they are very welcome among us. At St Mary's church every week the children are signed in before church and parents given a card at the registration desk in the Smith room before the 10:30am service. There are no Ignite groups at the 8:45am service. The children and the youth start in the main service with the rest of the church family.  There are no groups during August while a number of the team are taking holidays. 

  • Kindling (Age 0-4yrs) is more than a supervised creche, our team will spend time reading Bible stories, playing worship songs and also providing craft activities for the older children. This group follows current early years government guidelines which includes no social distancing.
  • Sparklers (Reception-Year 2) enjoy high energy worship songs, one of the great stories of faith told in an age-appropriate and interactive way, and a chance to respond through play, craft, prayer and creativity. This group follows current early years government guidelines which includes no social distancing.
  • Blaze (Years 3-6) spend a good amount of time exploring a Biblical topic or famous Bible character and what we can learn from them. There is also some free time to form friendships, for creative reflection/ expression, as well as having some fun group games. This group has social distancing measures in place in accordance with government guidelines. 
There is also a youth group at the 10:30am service for young people in Years 7-13.

Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

 

Getting Connected


Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Life Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a Life Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Café Hope
  • Lunch Club
  • Hope Suppers
  • Job Club
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Leadership 

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Malcolm Macdonald   Steve Opie
Lead Vicar   Curate
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

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