St Mary the Virgin
God’s people at St Mary’s are a family. A welcoming, warm, friendly, and supportive family.
We rejoice in our being a family made up of all ages, and enjoy a whole host of gatherings and events throughout the year. Some events will be age-specific, such as the Children’s Activity Days which occur approximately three times a year; but other events draw people of all ages together: the monthly Pop-ins, Harvest Open Days, Beetle Drives and Christmas Sing-a-long; to name but a few.
A word which says much about St Mary’s is: LIFE! St Mary’s is a lively place, and it is part of a wider, lively, community. St Mary’s enjoys good relationships with Eccleston Methodist Church and St Agnes’ Roman Catholic Church; with services of worship throughout the seasons being organised, together with more informal gatherings of individuals and groups across the three denominations of Church.
In 2010, Churches Together in Eccleston began taking joint services for older members of the village, celebrating Harvest, Christmas and Easter at the Fields Community Lounge. The Christmas ‘Fields’ celebration was led by children from St Mary’s school, with young and old alike enjoying a good chat and refreshments after the short service.
The parish is fortunate in having its own Church Voluntary Aided Primary School which is just over a mile from church, a distance which means children and staff can enjoy a walk to the church for services as well as the minister taking regular acts of worship at the school.
The worshipping congregation at St Mary’s is committed to serving God in this place and, in part, this happens through the events we hold and a genuine desire to invite others in to the blessings we, ourselves, are receiving. The worshipping congregation also connects with many groups and organisations in the wider community, and gives both emotional and practical support to individuals in need. We are constantly being arrested by the quiet depth of the lives of the faithful in this place.