St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Wendover

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What are the values and vision of St Mary’s?

At St Mary’s we hold to the core values that each one of us is made for and loved by God. Jesus’ death and resurrection shows us that we can be forgiven and given a new start. The Holy Spirit is God’s life in us, enabling us to show God’s love to the world. Our vision is that these values are expressed in practical ways, through our worship, learning together and reaching out to others.

Our Christian faith is central to all that we do, and the warmth of friendship along with our worship and shared activities reflect that.

How does St Mary’s welcome people?

We welcome everyone to our services and to our activities.  Whether you are a new resident or a visitor, new to church or an occasional attender, we are delighted to have you with us.  Over recent years we have been privileged to welcome many newcomers and you are warmly invited to become part of our community.
There is a Welcome Area set up just inside the main door of the church where members of our Welcome Team provide a range of information and offer a Welcome Pack covering details of services, activities and contact names and numbers.  The pack also includes a card for you to complete so that we can get you know you better.

How can I get to know the church team?

Newcomers Teas are held three or four times a year so that new people may meet with the clergy, and other church leaders in the informal setting of members’ homes.
More generally, our system of ‘Church Links’ ensures that most of the roads in our neighbourhood have a member of the congregation ready to welcome newcomers, provide local community information and act as a point of contact with the church.  If they have not already been in touch we can put you in contact with your Church Links team member.

How can I contribute to the ongoing work to support newcomers?

There is still a great deal to do in relation to how we identify and support newcomers and, currently, we are looking at new ways to achieve this.  We welcome the experience of those coming from other churches to help us develop our welcoming strategy.


Afternoon Teas From April to September on Sun at 2.30 – 5.00pm in the churchyard and St Mary’s Centre. All welcome. Contact: Volunteer Co-ordinators: Helen Blakeman or Bridget Avery

Amazing Donkey Youth Club Contact: Paul Hammett Tel: 01296 621 162

Bell Ringing Band Ringing times: Sun 10.00am. Practice time: Tue 7.30pm

Home Communion Contact: Glenys Newman Tel: 01296 622 481

House Groups Meet throughout the week in the morning and evening to explore the Bible. Contact: Michael Hunt Tel: 01844 344 150 Or Martyn White (for Wed morning groups) Tel: 01296 415 631 Or Anna Fryer (for an informal House Group for those with young children or unable to get to an evening meeting, Thu at 10.00am) Tel: 01296 632 369

Internal Refurbishment Fundraising Anyone willing to organise a fundraising event to help complete/extend the refurbishment of St Mary’s Church is welcome. Contact: Carol Crockett Tel: 01296 612 528 Email:

Lifts to Church Lifts by Community Bus with volunteers to the 9.00am service. Contact: Mark Thomas Tel: 01296 622 512

Surge A group for 14–18 year olds. On Sun alternate weeks at the Vicarage at 10.15am. Contact: Rupe Johnson Tel: 0775 702 6008

Youth@stmarys For ages 14–18 years. 1st 2n 4th Sun of month Contact: Matt Ryan Tel: 01296 624 785

St Mary’s and St Michael’s Newsletter Contributions to the @stmarys shop or by email to: Contact: Xenia Murray Email:

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