St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall
St Mary's church dates back to the 13th-century. Sturminster means 'large church on the river Stour'.
The word 'Marshall' was added when the village was gifted to William Marshall, Prince Regent of England and a principal signatory of the Magna Carta, an important document which declared that nobody is above the law, not even the King.
Please do come and visit our beautiful church, it is open every day. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons between Easter and the end of September you can sample some Dorset cream teas and other goodies in the Old School across the road (thereby helping local charities). And of course you will find a warm welcome in the Red Lion pub, opposite the church, all year round!
CHURCH AT HOME: SUNDAY 16th AUGUST
Dear Friends in the Bridge Benefice,
It's good to be in touch with you again on this very wet Saturday!
I'm looking forward to seeing some of you for the communion service in Shapwick tomorrow, Sunday 16th, at 9.15am. If it's dry we will be outside - though it's not looking that promising at the moment.
For those of you who feel unable to join us, here is the link to our online service:
Many thanks to SueMary, Roger and the Bridge Benefice choir and friends for their contributions.
If you are coming to the communion service tomorrow, we have the congregational words available on laminated sheets, so they can be sanitised before and after use. If you prefer to have all the words of the Eucharist, the Order of Service is here for you to download and print.
Unfortunately, due to a technical hitch I'm not able to link to our Pew Sheet this week.
There will be a midweek communion service in St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall on Wednesday at 9.00am.
With my continued prayers,
THIS YEAR'S APCM MEETINGS
Our churches are starting to hold their annual APCM meetings (Annual Parish Church Meetings). The next one is at St Stephen's, Pamphill/Kingston Lacy on Thursday 3rd September at 7.00pm.
RETURNING TO CHURCH
Before returning to church, do watch this video to give you an idea of what to expect. Thank you to Jude for filming this short video.
I look forward to seeing you, when you feel ready. If you have any questions, please do feel free to get in touch. Thank you, too, to those who have been working so hard to get church ready.
Our churches are now open for a number of adapted, socially-distanced services.
The church is still active in the community and we are still praying.
If we can support you in any way, please do contact us:
email@example.com or 01258 858353
May you know God's blessing and peace.
Rev. Carolyn Couzens
Our Monthly Service Rota
At St Mary's we take our responsibilities concerning the safeguarding of children, young people, and vulnerable adults very seriously, and we try to ensure that we always work in accordance with best practice. Our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.
For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Safeguarding Officer,
St Mary's PCC Members' Page
If you are a member of St Mary's PCC, you can access the information you require by visiting the password-protected PCC page here.