ST MARY’S

HarCh“Our Vision is to build a dynamic, vibrant church sharing Christ's love with people of all ages in our 21st Century rural community.”

Hartfield is increasingly family focused, but also has many people that welcome more traditional forms of worship. We are building a lively, outward looking Christian community reflecting all age groups and are prepared to face the challenges of Christian mission in the 21st century. In particular, we aim to be at the heart of the village community of Hartfield.

We are building from the bottom through outreach to young families having recognized the need to create a much more balanced Christian family, if there is to be a vibrant Christian community at the heart of village life in Hartfield.

We are therefore evolving our worship to be family centred and easily accessible to those new to Christ. We also reach out to the wider village community through activities such as the annual Live Nativity through the village.

Our service pattern is designed so that there is a Communion service every Sunday at either 8.00 am or 9.30 am. It is also designed to be complementary to the service pattern of our sister church of Holy Trinity, Coleman’s Hatch.

Of particular importance to us, is actively support the village primary school, which is situated next to the church.

 

Brief History of the Church Buildings

There has been a church at the heart of the community of Hartfield for many centuries. The oldest part of the current church building, the nave, is thirteenth century. In the fourteenth century, a south aisle was added. The tower is also fourteenth century, but its shingled spire is fifteenth century. In the nineteenth century, extensive repairs were made to the roof and many of the present furnishings in the church were added. In the twenty first century, the church has again been re-ordered to meet the current needs of the community in Hartfield and we still have more to do.

There has been a church at the heart of the community of Hartfield for many centuries. The oldest part of the current church building, the nave, is thirteenth century. In the fourteenth century, a south aisle was added with a Chantry Chapel and the Chancel was rebuilt and lengthened. The tower is also fourteenth century, but its shingled spire is fifteenth century. In the sixteenth or seventeenth century, due perhaps to a fire or to the general need to reconstruct the church to accommodate the new Anglican Services (or both) the rood screen and Chancel arch were removed, the Chantry Chapel opened up by the building of a large Nave arch, and the Chancel was reduced in size.

 In the nineteenth century, extensive repairs were made to the roof and most of the present furnishings in the church were added, notably most of the stained glass windows and the west screen. Most of the memorials are also nineteenth century, although the earliest is dated 1640 to the Rev. Richard Randes.

 In the twenty first century, the church has again been re-ordered to meet the current needs of the community in Hartfield, with flexible space created in the nave, a new ring chamber created and plans being developed to provide a toilet and kitchen facilities.

 Four church related buildings, the current Rectory, the original Rectory, the School and the Lych Gate Cottage surround the churchyard. The current Rectory dates from 1986, the original Rectory probably dates from the 16th century, the School is Victorian and the Lych Gate Cottage is largely Tudor.

Please note that we have a variety of services each week. Please also take a look at our services at Holy Trinity, Coleman's Hatch. We look forward to welcoming you at any of our services.

1st Sunday - All-age Communion

 

An All-age Communion in the round takes place at 

9.30 am on the 1st Sunday of the month. It is designed to be child friendly and to help introduce the younger members of our church family to Holy Communion, which is at the heart of Christian worship. All ages are welcome. Christenings often take place during this service. The music is a mixture of modern and traditional.

 Join us for coffee afterwards.

 Said Prayer Book Communion at 8.00 am on 2nd and 4th Sunday

A said prayer book Communion service is held at 8.00 am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. It takes place in the chancel and is of a more contemplative nature than our other services. It is popular among those looking for a more traditional service format.

2nd Sunday – Kidz Praise

 

Kidz Praise, a service with readings, prayers and music, aimed at young children and their families. There is a lot of movement and activities for the children. It introduces children to the teachings of the bible and to prayer, and allows them to full participate in all aspects of the service. It is very informal, lively and targeted at under 7s, but also with thought provoking issues for older members of the congregation. It is great fun!

It takes place at 9.30 am and lasts about 45 minutes. It has significant lay involvement in leadership of the service. We are also beginning to develop wider congregational involvement in the music used in the service. Please let us know if you would like to help with the service or the music by speaking to Rev. Julie Sear or one of the Churchwardens, (Tim or Dick).

Please join us for coffee and juice afterwards.

3rd Sunday – Family Communion with Children’s Activities

 

Family Communion with Children’s Activities is a more traditional Sung Holy Communion and takes place at 9.30 am. All are welcome to come to front to receive Communion, if that is their tradition, or to receive a prayer of blessing.

There is an adult choir to lead the congregation in all the music. Intercessions are led by members of the congregation. There are activities for children during the serviin

Please let us know if you would like to help with the readings, intercessions or would like to join the choir (adults or children) by speaking to Rev. Julie Sear or one of the Churchwardens, (Tim or Dick).

Please join us for coffee afterwards.

 4th Sunday – Café Church

 

Café Church, a different sort of service with discussions in small groups about three questions based on the bible readings set for the Sunday. These discussions are then shared with the whole congregations. Non-traditional music also plays an important part, as does a time for prayer.

There are activities specifically for children during the service.

It takes place at 9.30 am but all are welcome to come earlier to drink coffee and chat. The church is set out with chairs and tables, with coffee and croissants served.

Congregational involvement is central to this service and it is a great opportunity to ask talk, ask questions and make friends. If you prefer you can just listen while others explore the Christian faith. You will be sure to meet people and will receive a warm welcome.

We are looking for people to help with the music at this service. Please let us know if you would like to help by speaking to Rev. Julie Sear or one of the Churchwardens, (Tim or Dick).

5th Sunday – Family Communion with Children’s Activities

 

Family Communion with Children’s Activities is a more traditional Sung Holy Communion and takes place at 9.30 am. All are welcome to come to front to receive Communion, if that is their tradition, or to receive a prayer of blessing.

There is an adult choir to lead the congregation in all the music. Intercessions are led by members of the congregation. There are activities for children during the service.

Please let us know if you would like to help with the readings, intercessions or would like to join the choir (adults or children) by speaking to Rev. Julie Sear or one of the Churchwardens, (Tim or Dick).

Please join us for coffee and juice afterwards.

School Services

A school service takes place most weeks during term, usually on a Wednesday at 2.45 pm. It is attended by all pupils and staff. Parents, grandparents, friends and members of the congregation are also welcome to join in. Children are collected from the church rather than from school when there is a service. On the first Tuesday of the month, coffee and cakes are served after the service.

 In addition, there are special school services such as harvest, end of term and Shrove Tuesday.