Introducing St. Mary's...
St. Mary’s is a vibrant Anglican Church at the heart of the community in Linton. The church has been established here for more than 800 years – and aims to be a place where people can be warmly welcomed and encounter God in the 21st-century…
As a family, we embrace a wide variety of church traditions. We take delight in our Anglican heritage, recognising that it provides a useful framework for developing a deep and well-rounded spirituality. But most importantly, we are a mission-shaped church; constantly seeking to present the Christian faith in ways that are meaningful and accessible for all who worship here.
St. Mary’s is not a Purpose-Driven Church! We believe that God is at work in Linton and our task is to catch a glimpse of what he is doing – and then try to follow him in our mission and ministry. We value space and time to pray and reflect and encourage the deepening of spirituality for each individual member.
However, we have plenty of activities and interest groups within the church family. This website will introduce you to the life of St. Mary’s in more detail – you can read about our youth work, children’s work, pastoral care ministries, variety of worship services, excellent musical tradition, Bible study groups, discipleship courses, social activities, schools work, overseas support and a whole lot more here!
Most of all, we believe that we worship a hospitable God. At St. Mary’s, we want to do all we can to reflect that hospitality to the local community and all who visit. We are a church on a journey – we are far from perfect and we have a long, long way to go! But if you want to come along and see if this is a place where you can find God, you will be more than welcome!
Our worship services
At St. Mary's, we are committed to offering a range of service so that, no matter what your preferred style, you can find a home with us. In 2013, we averaged just over 400 congregants per week over all our services. To give you a taste of what we offer (and approximate numbers at each service), the following information may be useful:
Sunday 8.00 a.m.: BCP said Holy Communion. There are no hymns. The service lasts about 40 minutes. Approximately 10-15 people attend.
Sunday 10.00 a.m.: Holy Communion. This is our largest Sunday service. We usually have four hymns, led by either our music group or organ/choir. On the 4th Sunday, the 10.00 service is usually for Baptisms, without Holy Communion. The service lasts approximately 70 minutes. Approximately 95 people attend, with many more on Baptism Sundays.
Sunday 2.30 p.m.: Messy Church. This is an informal service, with creative arts, activities, and songs, specifically focused on children and families. There is always food at the end too. The service lasts about 60 minutes. The service happens on the third Sunday of each month. Approximately 30 children and 30 adults people attend.
Sunday 6.30 p.m.: Word & Worship. This is a very informal service where we work through a book of the Bible together, verse by verse, over a period of weeks or months. There are usually some worship songs at the beginning, Q&As after the talk, and small group work. The service lasts approximately 70 minutes. Approximately 25 people attend. (We do not have this service in holiday periods. Check the website here for up-to-date details).
Monday 10.30 a.m.: Holy Communion at Symonds House. There is a weekly service at this Care Home. It is Eucharistic twice per month. There are usually four hymns. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes. Approximately 15 people attend.
Monday 11.00 a.m.: Holy Communion at Nichols Court. There is a fortnightly service at this Care Home. There are no hymns. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes. Approximately 8 people attend.
Tuesday 8.00 p.m.: Time Out with God. This is a contemplative service, using multimedia, incense, creative stations, Celtic liturgy, and contemporary music (e.g. Coldplay, Peter Gabriel etc.). There is a very simple Communion. The service lasts approximately 70 minutes, and takes place on the third Tuesday of each month. There are sometimes hymns and songs, but usually there is contemplative music instead. Approximately 35 people attend.
Thursday 10.00 a.m.: Said Holy Communion. There are no hymns. The service lasts about 30 minutes. Approximately 10-15 people attend.
Thursday 4.30 p.m.: Healing service. There are no hymns. The service lasts about 40 minutes. This service takes place once per month, on the 2nd Thursday. Approximately 10-15 people attend.
Friday 9.00 a.m.: School service. This is a very informal service, held each week during term-time. It is specifically geared up for our Infants school children, toddlers, parents and carers. The service lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a coffee house. Approximately 170 children and 80 adults attend.
We also hold regular Feast Day and Festival services, as well as services for other schools in the area. Please check this website for forthcoming services of that type.
Introducing our Rector…
Rev Dr Steve Griffiths has been Rector since October 2009. Prior to that, he was on Faculty at Ridley Hall Theological College as Director of the Centre for Youth Ministry. Before that, he was Vicar in various parishes in North Essex, the East End of London and on an urban estate near Birmingham.
Rev Dr Steve has always been very heavily involved in youth work, both in the UK and overseas – particularly India, South Africa, the US, Norway and mainland Europe. He was Chair of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry and founding Editor of the Journal of Youth and Theology. He has written a number of books on theology, youth ministry and pastoral theology, including 'God of the Valley: A journey through grief and bereavement', 'Redeem the Time: Sin in the Writings of John Owen', 'East End Youth Ministry 1880-1957', and 'Models for Youth Ministry: Learning from the Life of Christ'. His latest book, published by BRF, is called 'Discipling Generation Y: Themes from the Book of Revelation'
Linton lies about 10 miles South-East of Cambridge, UK. Whilst managing to retain the ‘feel’ of a village, it is a bustling and friendly community. The population is about 5,000 and there are many clubs and societies for all age-ranges. The village is very well served by shops (including supermarkets, a chemist, newsagents, opticians, florist, IT consultants and much more) as well as a number of lovely pubs, each with their own unique flavour and identity.
Linton has four schools. There is an Infant School (St. Mary's CE), a Middle School (Linton Heights), a secondary education Academy (Linton Village College) and a school for those with Special Needs (Granta).
For pleasure, our local residents can be found enjoying walks around the beautiful countryside that surrounds the village – or even at our local Linton Zoo where the lions live peaceably (though not always quietly!) alongside other animals…
Linton is situated well for travel. It is close to the A11 and the M11. It is well served by train stations approx. 20 mins drive from the village. Stansted airport is a short drive away – but we are not hampered by any noise pollution in that regard.
All in all, Linton is a beautiful place to live and work – and worship, of course! If you come for a visit, you are sure to receive a warm welcome!
Introducing our website…
We try to keep the information on our website as up-to-date as possible. We apologise if any of the details are incorrect. If you have any comments or feedback about the website, please let us know by contacting Rev Dr Steve via e-mail: email@example.com.