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Welcome to St Mary's.

If you're new to St Mary's or the Eversley and Bramshill community, we hope this page will answer some of the questions we often get asked about church life at St Mary's.

How can I find out about having my baby christened (baptised)?

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We're happy to discuss Baptism with you. You can find out what you need to know about when Baptisms are held, what happens at a Baptism service, and preparing for Baptism on our Baptisms page.

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Can I get married at St Mary's?

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Yes, if you live in the parish, were baptised in the parish, or have another connection with St Mary's church. There are certain rules about who may marry in the parish church. You can find a full list of the criteria together with lots more information about getting married at St Mary's on our Weddings page.

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Who is the Vicar of St Mary's?

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The Rev. Mike Saunders is the Rector of St Mary's as well as being the Vicar of St Barnabas, Darby Green. In this role, Mike has overall responsibility for the leadership of two churches.

Mike came to faith during his first term at Durham University in a small group through the witness of a black African. A couple of terms later he was filled with the Spirit and first felt called to full time ministry while still at university. He worked in industry for seven years before training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was a curate in Bolton, Team Vicar in Salford and Diocesan Evangelism Advisor in Manchester Diocese. He loves to pray and to preach.

Mike is married to Alison and they have two boys who are at university. In his free time Mike enjoys gardening, walking and reading.

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What type of worship do you offer?

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We offer different styles of worship ranging from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) communion service through to a Family Service with Baptisms and much in-between. All are welcome to all of the services and there is always an opportunity to stay for tea and a chat after the 11:00am service. You can find out more about the different services on offer on our Church Services page.

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What time do services start?

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Our main Sunday services start at 8:00am (on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday in the month) and 11:00am. Full details of all forthcoming services can be found on our Service Times page.

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Can I bring my children to services?

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Yes, children of all ages are very welcome. Our 11:00am service held on the 1st Sunday of the month is a family orientated service and there are often baptisms taking place. We run Searchers and Rooted (our Junior Church) at all other 11:00am services where the children gather in the hall for Bible stories, music, craft and much more. We also run a Little Lights service once a month for 0-5 year olds and their parents/carers.

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Do you run Alpha courses?

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We've been running Alpha Courses since 2008. We run 3-4 courses each year, depending on interest. They're usually scheduled as ten 2-hour sessions run over a 10-12 week period and are held at the Rectory. You can find out more by visiting our Alpha page.

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Can I hire the hall?

Yes, the church hall is available for hire. For availability, charges, and more details please contact:

  • Sylvia Jackson

    01252 871853

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Can I look round the church?

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Yes, the church is open from 9:00am to 3:00pm every day of the week. You're most welcome to look around or take the opportunity to reflect in peace.

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Do you hold baptism, wedding, and burial records?

We have photocopies of Burials 1870-1992 and Marriages 1837-2009. There are also typewritten details of earlier baptisms, marriages and deaths. There is a statutory charge of £20 per hour or part thereof to search records at St Mary's Church.

All original records are at the Hampshire Records Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH.

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