St Mary's Church, Ferndown
It's vibrancy makes it a pleasant church environment for all ages and backgrounds and its 2016 extension - The Beacon Centre has truly made it a central hub in the community where people like to dwell and simply be, sometimes over coffee and cake! It is a perfect location for our Wessex Leaders Lunches and for networking opportunities.
St Mary's Church
Church Website: https://stmarys-ferndown.org.uk
The church is fortunate to have a large car park but it is a busy church therefore space is often limited unless you turn up early. However, there is always additional parking in the Tesco car park behind the Church. This is clearly seen on the map above when viewed online in a larger format.
The original St Mary's Church was built in 1901, with seating for 160 worshippers. In those days Ferndown was just a small - but growing, community in the parish of Hampreston. The original church was replaced in the nineteen thirties by the present church and has been a place of spiritual enrichment for many the seeker ever since.
The present vicar is Revd. Sarah Pix who joined the team in 2009. Sarah became Team Rector in February 2015. Before her ordination she worked as a botanist at Kew Gardens in Richmond upon Thames. Sarah is married to Christopher and they have two daughters. She says of St Mary's:
"We long to develop a place of belonging where all feel welcomed and where we encounter God’s grace and his direction for our lives as we worship together."
St Mary's Team Vicar is Revd. Patches Chabala who joined the church leadership team in October 2014 after serving as a curate in St Michael's Church, Chester. Patches and his wife Zenaida, are originally from Zambia.
Mike Orman is the Youth and Worship Pastor at St Mary's and leads the church forward in their corporate worship together. The vision of the church is to "Transform Ferndown with Jesus", which means that worship, in-depth Bible teaching, fellowship, serving and outreach are at the centre of everything we do. Mike is also an excellent photographer and we can credit him with the church images.
Wessex and St Mary's:
Together we can make a difference' is a belief that Sarah Pix and Wessex Filling Station hold dear too. In 2016 we approached St Mary's with a view of holding our first Wessex Leaders Lunch at St Mary's Beacon Centre in April 2017. Sarah, Brian Edgeley, Wessex Administrator Bob Bannister and Beacon Cafe Manager Paul Craddock met together to discuss the possibility of working together on our first up-close-and-personal lunch with Evangelist Roy Crowne of HOPE Together. Strangely Roy, Brian, Bob and Paul are all graduates of Moorlands Bible College and together with Sarah their friendship was sealed. When the event came to pass over 70 church leaders came together to hear Roy talk about HOPE 2018 and how they might work together in unity to make Jesus known in their communities.
In June of the same year Wessex Filling Station worked with LEAF (the local Evangelical Alliance in the New Forest) to bring teams of visiting Korean Prayer Teams to Hampshire and Dorset. One of those teams visited St Mary's Church to pray for the churches ministry to the area, its leadership and congregation. A wonderful time of prayer ensued with a great outpouring of loud intercessory prayers and rainstorm of spiritual blessing.[see image below >>]
The 2017 Korean Prayer Warrior's rain down blessing upon blessing over the pulpit of St Mary's Church.
Upon the Pulpit was the open bible of Revd. Patches Chabala who was preaching that Sunday
Standing with Patches is Worship Leader Mike Orman, both received copious
amounts of prayer for a successful ministry.