Ashendon

The building

St Mary's church stands on high ground on the southwest side of the village. The earliest part of the church is the nave, built in the 12th century and having, at that time, a narrow south aisle that was lengthened, together with the nave in around 1200. About 90 years later the chancel and the old part of the south aisle was widened. Towards the close of the 15th century the west tower was built and a clerestory added to the nave, which had, at that time, a northeast chapel. The chancel was rebuilt in the 19th century.

In the 800 years it has stood here, many changes have taken place in our national history: plague, civil war and industrial revolution have all played their part and during all that time people have turned to it for spiritual comfort.

 

Looking up the nave

Where we are...


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St Mary's will be open for private prayer

St Mary's Chuch will be open for individual prayer from Wednesday 4th November between 10am and 4pm daily.

As required by government regulation, there will be no services held in church.



New lockdown restrictions

The government has accounced new lockdown restrictons that mean that we will not be able to hold church services for at least 4 weeks.

Alternative on-line options are available:

While churches can remain open for individual prayer, it is too early to tell you the status of each of the parishes.   Please keep eye on this site for those chuches that will remain open.



Benefice Compline on-line

Please join Jenny and Peter for a short service of Compline

Each Sunday at 6pm.

You can join either using the internet or by telephone.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 565 217 9673
 
You may be held in a virtual waiting room until we can let you in.
 
Or by telephone dial either
020 3481 5240 or  020 3051 2874
When asked, enter the meeting id on your phone keypad: 565 217 9673#


Returning to church based worship

Good news! We are once again allowed to return to worship in churches under strict rules.

However, the rules require that we

  • maintain social distancing within the church. 
  • wear a face mask
  • do not linger in church before or after the service

These rules limit the size of the congregation and how we can conduct the services.

Since the situation can change overnight, it is strongly advised that you keep an eye on this web site or a local village facebook page for last second changes.

For further details of services around the benefice, please contact the local churcharden(s) or talk to Jenny.



Forthcoming services

Sunday, 6th December

9.00 am

Morning Prayer (CW)

Sunday, 20th December

9.00 am

Holy Communion (CW)

Friday, 25th December

9.15 am

Christmas Holy Communion (CW)

Churchwardens

Peter Smettem
01296 651 598
Imogen Holbrook
01296 651 453

Local activities

Coffee morning: 1st Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall between 10.30am and noon. Contact Jenny for more details.