Welcome to St. Mary the Virgin, North Shoebury
DURING THIS PERIOD WHERE WE ARE ALL DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON OUR DAILY LIVES THERE HAVE HAD TO BE SOME CHANGES TO HOW ST. MARY’S OPERATES. PLEASE LOOK AT OUR SERVICES PAGE, CHECK NEWS ITEMS HERE AND OUR FACEBOOK PAGE (link in the footer at the bottom of this page)
We are privileged to have an ancient and beautiful Church, for which we are grateful. There has been a Church on this site for over 750 years and we’re planning to be here for another 750 years!
Our Church is situated in a beautiful spot, next to a wooded conservation area, and surrounded on three sides by trees and bushes. It was a country church and sometimes it seems it still is.
Our Congregation are friendly and welcoming and we are very pleased to welcome visitors to our regular Sunday morning services, whether the Family Service at 10 am or the Parish Eucharist at 11am, and to services at special times of the year – Mothering Sunday, Easter, Harvest Festival and of course Christmas. Our Church is also a beautiful place in which to mark important events in your family life, baptisms, weddings and funerals, knowing that other families have experienced St Mary’s wonderful atmosphere over many centuries.
Please look through our website, read the history of St.Mary’s, and look out for details not only for our weekly and weekday services but also for our special events.
After three years of the Church having no regular incumbent, we were pleased that the Revd. David Pierce joined us as our Lead Minister in December 2018. We are enjoying working with David and developing the ministry of St Mary’s here in North Shoebury.
We hope that we will see you soon. If you have suggestions for improving our website please do let us know.
Our address is: St.Mary the Virgin, North Shoebury Road, SS3 8UL. A good landmark nearby to aim for is Asda Shoebury! From the store looking north you can see our church.
We have a large car parking area next to the Church which is located down a signposted drive, directly off North Shoebury Road.
There is also a sign for St Mary’s Green adjacent to the driveway. There is a map in our Contact Us section too for reference.
We are committed to ensuring that St Mary’s North Shoebury is a safe place for all.
The Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s North Shoebury has adopted the House of Bishops’ “Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement”.
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Mrs Pat Fitch. She can be contacted at church or using the contact details on our Contact page.
St Mary’s Church is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford. For further information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford, follow this link: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding
For information about the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding contacts in the Diocese of Chelmsford, follow this link https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-contacts
To contact the Local Safeguarding Board in Southend, follow this link: https://www.safeguardingsouthend.co.uk
You may also call this number: 01702 534706 (Local Safeguarding Board for children) or 01702 534340 (Local Safeguarding Board for Adults)
If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm you should call 999 and ask for the police.
As lockdown restrictions have eased we are now holding regular Sunday services in Church whilst still respecting Covid Secure requirements
The PCC have again reviewed the situation with regards to ‘in church services’ and the closure of the physical building of St Mary’s Church has been extended for another month in line with Essex Health Department and Church of England recommendations. But we’re not closed! Lots happening on line, read on to find out more.
Although we can’t hold Christmas services in our traditional way we will still be able to welcome visitors at this special time of the year. Like everyone in 2020 we have adapted and hope to see you over the Christmas period.