I was a member of St Mary's Church Bletchley for a long time, even before the new guy, Mike Archer, came onboard. Under the previous rector, Ian Pusey, things were very orderely and well run. Services were enjoyable, and it didn't matter what age you were, there was something for everyone. Then problems came, and the church split into camps. Terrible to see the ones whom professed themselves to be great Chrisitans be back-biting, two faced hypocrytes! Then came the new guy, who wanted to change it all and tell everyone about his previous church! Wanted to clear away all evidence of a previous church family - we weren't allowed to call us that anymore. Now the church is in debt, lot's of the mainstay people have left, and even more people have become disillusioned with Christianity. There are a lot of two faced, self serving people at St Mary's, but there are also a lot of devoted Christians there too. I'm just sorry to say it got too much for us, so we voted with our feet. Needless to say, we have never been contacted by St Mary's to find out why we don't go there anymore, as it seems they were only interested in the end in our money! Anybody reading this, please keep in mind though, I KNOW God loves us all, he will NEVER let us down, and he is the judge of us all. I will NEVER desert God either, and thank God for Jesus everyday and all the benefits he has won for us.
From a very disappointed ex-St Mary's person.
I have worshipped at St Mary's Church in Bletchley since the end of 1975 and have seen many changes! It is a very lively place to worship and offers 4 services on a Sunday at 8am (BCP communion); 9.15am and 11am (the same service repeated, family worship, typical New Wine style) and 7pm (non-traditional evening worship, charismatic at times) and a Wednesday morning service at 10am (Common Worship communion). The Church has many groups for the committed members and activities for those with little or no allegiance to Christianity/St Marys (such as toddler groups, over fifties club and a Saturday morning event during term time for 8-11 year olds). I'm in my sixties and am quite happy with the worship (though at some services the music is a bit down tempo for me) but I am aware that some older people find the services difficult, as they are more aimed at younger people/young families. The congregations are large (for the size of the building) at the 9.15 and 11 am services, which can mean that it is easy to get lost or go missing and not be noticed, but the Church is trying to address that. It also means that if you turn up at 9.14 or 10.59 you might find difficulty in parking and getting a seat. The current Rector has done a brilliant job bringing the church up from a low point, sadly even Christians are human! If you like your worship lively and non-traditional then well worth a visit. You might even find yourself wanting to join us!
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