Welcome

St Mary’s Church, Wendover – everyone is welcome.

We are an inclusive Church. Our aim is to be a community of faith that follow the example of Jesus in showing acceptance and value of all. We seek to serve and welcome all who come to share this journey of finding the love and grace of God. This means we foster an environment which does not discriminate on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality.
Everyone is welcome

This website gives details of aspects of church life which we hope you’ll find useful. Please contact our Parish Office if you’d like more information or to speak to someone.

Please see the calendar pages for up to date information on service times and forthcoming key dates and events.

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History

Church towerOur beautiful and historic parish church has been at the centre of the Wendover community for over 700 years.

St Mary’s is steeped in history. In mediaeval times the rood cross was venerated as a place of pilgrimage. During the Civil War, Cromwell’s troops camped in the church (you can still see the graffiti!) and in 1799 the first penny savings bank in the country was started in the church vestry.

For generations the church has participated in the main events of life.  Babies are baptised, young people are confirmed, and couples are married and at the end of our earthly life we are commemorated before our remains are laid to rest in the churchyard.

St Mary’s is a living building, meeting the needs of its members and the village community. Week in, week out, the active congregation comes to worship God and local organisations use the facilities of St Mary’s Centre. The church is also used for musical concerts and other village events.

What is the building’s history?Lych Gate

Although it is certain that a church has existed on the site since the 12th Century, the present building dates mainly from the early and later parts of the 14th Century. It consists of a tower, nave, chancel, north and south aisles, north and south porches and chancel aisles (the north side now being St Mary’s Centre).

The building was restored in 1838-39, 1868-69 and in 1914. The fittings are mainly Victorian with some excellent examples of stained glass. More recent improvements include new glass entrance doors, a bell ringing floor and external lighting.

2011 Refurbishment

In 2010/11 we closed the church and carried out an extensive refurbishment aimed at ensuring the building could be used for a range of community activities as well as worship. We now have a new stone floor with underfloor heating, high quality chairs and benches, a high efficiency multiple-scene setting lighting system, comprehensive sound system and projector with retractable screen.  We are really proud of the refurbishment.  It is still a sacred space and is now very flexile, and appreciated and enjoyed by all who visit and use the special space.