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Behind the Scenes

Lots of day-to-day ministries at St Mary's are essential to our life as a church, but don't require you to be at a Sunday service.


Cleaners help keep the church ready for visitors, by cleaning the whole building and polishing the brass. 

Parochial Church Council Members (PCC)

The PCC act on behalf of the whole church to oversee the day to day running of the Church, and the maintenance and upkeep of the building. The PCC is made up of the Vicar and Clergy, Church Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Deanery Synod representatives and other elected members from the congregation. There are also sub-committees from this group. We meet every other month.

Deanery Synod Representatives

Deanery Synod representatives serve the church by representing our church family within the broader context of the local deanery (area), which is called Dorchester Deanery. 

Church Wardens

Church Wardens, alongisde the Vicar, oversee the day-to-day running of the church as well as the maintenance and upkeep of the building. 


Our Vergers help by readying the church for weekly services, weddings, baptisms and funerals. They manage all of the vestments and fabrics, as well as the contents of the Vestry.