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Sunday Club is open to children from about the age of four. On sunday mornings, except when there is a Family Service on the first Sunday of the month, we start off in church and then leave the 9.30 service part way through to go to Church House. We then come back in time for Communion. Activities include Bible stories, prayers, colouring and singing. On the 3rd Sunday of each month the children have a special service in Church House.


Tiny Tots and Toddlers  meet at 9.30 am on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month for a short informal service in church.


The Angelus Group is for young people who meet on a Friday.


Spellbrook  Primary School  is a small, mixed, day school for pupils between the ages of five and eleven. It has accommodation for approximately one hundred pupils and there are four classes. Founded in 1891, by public subscription, to provide education '...according to principles and practices of the Church of England'. The church of Great St.Mary's Sawbridgeworth remains represented on its governing body, thus still fostering a link between the school, the church and the local community. The school's mission is to provide the best education for each child within the context of a caring Christian community. CLICK here for link to the School.






Monday Night Prayers take place on the second Monday of the month at 7.30-8.30 pm. Opportunity for silence, a space to 'be', readings, art, music, prayers. Further information from Caroline & Huw Lewis 865194.


House Groups. Opportunities for bible study, prayer, fellowship, getting to know one another. Afternoons - second and fourth Thursdays. Ask the Vicar or look at the This Week for details. 


The Mothers' Union meets on the third Tuesday of the month in Church House at 2.00-3.30 pm, with a Prayer group on the first Tuesday of each month. Further information from Branch Leader MrsGillian Bushell on 725157. Click on the logo below for link to MU website.


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Home Communions can be arranged for people who are sick or infirm.  Please  ask the Vicar or Curate.


Great St Mary's Choir plays an important role in the life and worship of the church.  Choir practice is on Friday evenings. Our Director of Music is David Wood 07957 367745. 


Bellringing. All ages are welcome. The ringing takes place on Sundays at 9.00 am and 6.00 pm, with practice on Monday evenings at 7.45 - 9.00 pm. The Bell Captain is Clive Moore on 723963. 
CLICK HERE for a link for further details about the bells. 


Churchyard Working Party. Meets the first saturday morning of each month. We endeavour to maintain 5 acres of churchyard and undertake a variety of tasks including grass cutting, strimming, tree pruning, drain cleaning and weeding. Details from Anne Thomas 723490.




Watch out for the regular notices for - concerts, auctions, cycle rides, suppers and so on.




Sunday Services

8.00 am Communion  This is a quiet service with a short sermon. It is said, with no hymns, and on the first Sunday of the month, the language used is traditional 'prayer book'.

9.30 am Communion This is a Sung Eucharist with hymns, music and sermon. The first Sunday of each month is a Family Eucharist with a format to suit all ages. During term time, on Sundays other than the first, there is a crèche as well as optional activities for children offered in our Sunday Club.


6.30 pm Evensong Offering space for reflection at the start of a new week, this service follows a pattern of service styles through the month:

First and second Sundays: Traditional prayer book Evensong. The service includes the singing of psalms and hymns, as well as a brief sermon.
Third Sunday: An opportunity to explore alternative styles of worship including Taizé, Iona, Prayer & Praise.
Fourth Sunday: Choral Evensong with special settings for canticles, versicles and responses. This particular service rotates around a number of churches - please check the week news for this. 

Weekday Services:

9.30 am Thursday Communion 

Quiet, said, mid week Eucharist with readings and one hymn, followed by coffee and time to chat and meet people if you wish.


Please check the notices for occasional variation to this pattern.