Alpha is a non-pressurised, fun and informative course exploring the meaning of life. The course is open to all but is designed primarily for people who don't go to church or who haven't been to church in a long time and are interested in the Christian faith.
Bibles & Babies
Mums & Babies meet on Monday's, fortnightly, at Bell Street Hall from 9.30am - 11.30am for bible study in a very relaxed atmosphere. It is a wonderful opportunity for Mums to meet other Mums and learn something of the Bible and how to apply it to our lives.
Although there are seasonal breaks, Café Club mainly meet on alternate Thursdays in St Mary’s Church for tea & coffee, crafts, scrabble, puzzles, basic computer advice, friendship and support. Whether you are after engaging your brain or just simple company and a good chin-wag, you are welcome to drop in and say hello. Although there are term gaps, we meet approximately fortnightly, and are open 10.00–11.30am.
St Mary’s is a friendly church and we have tried to make our church buildings welcoming. Many people visit the church, some in times of need, some to give thanks, some to find a little peace and quiet during in a hectic life. We have a prayer chapel which is available for people to relax, pray and think through issues they are dealing with and to seek God’s help. The church is open every Thursday and Friday from 11.30am to 2.00pm for all who would like time for quiet reflection or prayer. Members of the St Mary’s Ministry Team are available on Fridays for those who would like someone to talk and pray with them.
Coffee Pot meet every Wednesday from 10am–12.15pm in the Bell Street Hall.
At St Mary’s, prayer for healing, or any other need, is available during Communion services at the East End of the church, after every morning service, just ask one of the people wearing a blue prayer ministry lanyard and they'll be very happy to listen and pray with you. Prayer is also available on Fridays for anyone who calls in when the church is open from 11.30am – 2.00pm. Prayer may also be requested during or after the Encounter services on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday evenings. All requests for prayer are treated in confidence. If a longer time of prayer is needed members of the Prayer Ministry Team pray for people in their homes. If you live in Great Baddow and would like members of St Mary’s Prayer Ministry Team to come and pray for you then please contact the church office on 01245 477501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at St Mary's we have around 16 home groups scattered around the parish. Most of the groups meet fortnightly in homes. Some meet during the day, most meet in the evenings. In home groups you get to know people and share fellowship together. You also learn more about the Bible and what it means for us in today's world. These groups are very relaxed, with no pressure. You get out of it what you want. We invite you to join our home groups, especially if you are new to St Mary's, as it will help you to feel more of a part of the church.
The Meditation Group meet every Tuesday, 9.30am – 10.00am, in the Prayer Chapel at St. Mary’s Church. All are welcome.
St Mary’s support a number of mission organisations and missionary workers in this country and abroad. Amongst those we support are; Scripture Union, CPAS, FEBA, Mid Africa Concern, Christian Aid, TearFund and The Prison Fellowship. Some of our church members offer support of gifts and help to a wide variety of missions and charitable organisations such as CHESS (the Chelmsford homeless night shelter). Others help lead and run camps for young people such as West Runton and Falcon Camps.
Open the Book
A team from St Mary's goes into our local schools, Baddow Hall Infants and Baddow Hall Juniors, every fortnight to take assemblies using the Open the Book dramatized bible stories. We have great fun bringing bible stories to life for over 200 children at a time, and they seem to enjoy it as much as we do! The Open the Book resources give us a structured approach and introductory material for each assembly, and the Lion Storyteller Bible re-tells the stories of the Bible in an engaging and imaginative way. We use a few props and costumes, and lots of enthusiasm, as we re-enact the stories for the children.
Prayer is a vital part of our life and work. Prayer forms an integral part of our Sunday services and home groups and we also organize regular men’s and women’s prayer breakfasts and church prayer days. We encourage members of our church to pray regularly for local, national and global needs and include a prayer diary in InSpire, our monthly magazine. More recently we have organised courses on listening prayer. We meet for prayer at 7.00pm each Monday evening in church. Come along and join us. In addition to our weekly prayer meetings we host morning prayer at 8.30am in our Prayer Chapel each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You are most welcome to join us for morning prayer. We also have a prayer book in the Prayer Chapel where you may record any prayer needs. As a church, we pray regularly for all prayer requests.
We meet to pray ...
Monday, 8.30am - in church
Monday, 7.00pm -in church
Tuesday, 8.30am - in church
Wednesday, 8.30am - in church
Thursday, 8.30am - in church
Sunday, 8.00am - prayer included in our church service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 10.00am - prayer included in our church service
Sunday, 6.30pm - prayer included in our church service
Weekly, throughout the year, Christians walk the streets of our parish asking for God’s blessing on all the 3,330 households. During these quiet walks, where we pray about what we see and experience, we also deliver prayer request cards. These invite householders to ask us to privately pray for specific issues for themselves and their loved ones; for healing, for comfort, for strength, for peace. There is no need to give a name or address, just a request – unless they would like a minister or church member to contact them.
Women's Prayer Breakfasts
St Mary’s women’s prayer breakfasts offer a relaxed and friendly environment that many find very helpful, amidst busy lives. They happen once or twice a term meeting at 9am for a yummy breakfast, with lots of tea and coffee, a chance to chat and catch up and an introduction of the theme for the day (past breakfasts have included self worth/identity, advent, women in the bible etc). There is the opportunity to meditate quietly at a prayer station, to pray alone, or in groups. There is no expectation to pray out loud! We then reconvene for more tea and coffee, and depart at 10.30, considerably more holy and certainly more caffeinated. At least, that is the plan…