As a Christian church, our services at St. Mary’s Church, Cholsey seek to help us to respond to God’s love in worship. The various styles of service at the church encourage worshipers to encounter God through praise and prayer, word and sacrament, silence and music. We feel privileged to gather in a beautiful ancient building, whose walls have echoed with God’s praise for over a thousand years.
NOTE THAT SERVICE TIMES WILL BE CHANGING FROM JANUARY 2024 TO START AT 10:30am
Normal Service Pattern
Traditional Holy Communion
3rd Sunday of the month only - 8.00am in church
Main Morning service
1st Sunday of the month
- 9.30am All age Family Service
2nd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of the month
- 9.45am Parish Communion
3rd Sunday of the month
- 9:30am Forest church at the Laurence Hall for primary age children
- 9.45am Morning Worship in church
2nd Sunday of the month - 6pm Sanctuary on Sunday
A quiet service with time for silent reflection and contemplation. It lasts about 40 minutes.
If you have any queries about services please do contact the Church Office by email
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Through worship, we seek to meet with God our Creator, Jesus who is our Saviour, and the Holy Spirit who comes to pour God’s love into our hearts – helping us to grow more like Jesus. While each of us can do that on our own wherever we are, we believe that Christ calls us to be part of His community – and it is as a community of Christians that we can discover God’s love.
Main Sunday Service – 9.45am
The main service every Sunday at Cholsey is at 9.45. (Please arrive at 9.30am) apart from first and occasional 5th Sundays - please see below
The first Sunday in the month Family Feast at 9.30am.
The second,and fourth Sunday of the month, the main service is Holy Communion.
At this service children have separate Sunday school groups for various ages, and then join the congregation for the end of the service.
The 3rd Sunday of the month, the main service is morning worship. The children have a Forest Church morning from 9:30am at the Laurence Hall.
When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we have a joint service with our sister church of St John the Baptist, Moulsford.
Twice a year this will be in Moulsford, this will be a parish Communion at their usual time of 9.30am
Twice a year this will be a parish communion in Cholsey at our usual time of 9.45am
Please see calendar for details
Early Morning Communion
Early Morning Communion is held at 8.00am on the third Sunday of the month.
Children & Youth
The kids' club meets each Sunday morning during the main service. After all joining together for the first part of the church service, the children can go to their special group.
Parents who wish to attend are welcome. We aim to have lots of fun and learn about God. We look forward to welcoming you and your children to come and join in. (Kids' Club does not normally meet on the 1st Sunday in the month when there is a Family Service and we all worship together. It also doesn't run on the 3rd Sunday in the month when Forest Church takes place at the Laurence Hall).
Youth Groups at church
St. Mary's Church is an all-age church community where the presence of children and young people is cherished. So if you have young children of any age you will be welcomed with open arms.
Children always attend the begining and end of our main morning service and are welcome to stay for the whole service but we hold a number of activities for children of different age groups during services.
There is a wide range of events and activities specifically aimed at different age-groups, so that children can have fun and learn about the Christian faith with others of their own age; and there are also times, such as the monthly All age worship, when everyone, from 0 - 100, can benefit from sharing in worship and fellowship together.
Young people are also encouraged to become involved in the life of the church in all sorts of ways appropriate to their own age, interests and gifts.
The information on the Little Fishes, Crèche, Kids club and 9+ groups and Cholsey Boys Brigade, who have recently joined us, can be found on the left menu and will hopefully give you an idea of the different Sunday and weekday groups.
Forest Church (for primary age children)
3nd Sunday of the month - 9:30am at the Laurence Hall
Youth Club (from age 9 into secondary school children)
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month - 6:30pm at the Laurence Hall
Each Sunday when there is no family service the Crèche meets. From babies to 4-year olds we meet together during the service for our own time of fellowship. We spend time together, getting to know each other, reading a bible story, colouring, singing songs, dancing and laughing. We ask that parents come with their children....well, you don't want to miss out on all the fun, do you?
This group is not running at the moment.
Please contact the church office with any queries on 01491 651812