Rebuilt in 1857 on the site of the medieval church, the church of St Mary’s Alderbury is set in a conservation area, commanding a beautiful view over the Avon valley. The church is open daily for private prayer and reflection and receives many visitors from local residents, other parts of the UK and from abroad.
On the first Sunday of the month a Café style church service is held in the village hall. Different groups within the church community lead these services. The second Sunday of the month is generally an All-Age Communion. On the third Sunday an All-Age Service is lay led with the support of a small music group. A Communion service with prayers for healing is held on the fourth Sunday. There is a robed choir which is augmented for special Services. A mid-week Communion service takes place each Wednesday in the small church hall at Whaddon.
There are currently three House Groups, two of which are ecumenical. Two meet weekly, and the other twice a month. These groups are attended by almost half of the church fellowship. There are also three prayer groups; a Julian group, a Healing group, and a group that meets on the first Sunday of the month to pray specifically for the life of the village.
Children and families work
Our work with families focuses on bi monthly events on various days and times. These have included a Pancake party on Shrove Tuesday, Experience Easter on Good Friday, Messy Church and Muddy Church . During December we have had a Posada (Mary and Joseph figures) travelling round to families in the village. Our children’s work team have also made nativity figures to go in an old shelter in the village.
Our weekly Baby and Toddler group welcomes many village families and has also resulted in several baptisms during 2023.
Collective Worship is led every Wednesday by St. Marys at Alderbury and West Grimstead Primary School and once a month by our Open the Book team.
St Mary’s In The Community
The church runs a Coffee Shop in the village hall one morning a week. This has proved very popular and has met a real need within the village. Average attendance is 30 plus each week. This provides a real opportunity to get to know villagers better and how we can best serve them. For a number of years income generated by the Coffee Shop has funded the purchase of Bibles for each Year 3 child at Alderbury and West Grimstead school.