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Events and Activities | Weekly Notices
This year's Christmas tree at St Mary's

GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS: Preparing the Christingles and Decorating the Church
Thursday, 24 December, 2015

Thank you to everyone who has been busy working so hard behind the scenes to get St Mary's ready for this year's Christmas celebrations, as well as to those who have donated to the cause. We had a wonderful production line going on Monday to prepare the Christingles for this afternoon's service at 4pm, always popular with the children and their families... [Read more »]

Church Open: In addition to our regular services (please see the Services & Events page for details), the church is usually open for visitors during the day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (mornings only in the winter months and subject to change during school holidays). Please do call in, take a look around, say hello and sign our visitors book before you leave.

Have you found our Children's Corner?

Children's Corner: There is a Children's Corner at the back of the church which may be used by parents and children whenever the church is open. We also have a separate upstairs room where parents and children can withdraw from Sunday services if they wish (the service can still be seen and heard).

Jumping Dolphin

Jumping Dolphins
Jumping Dolphins is our midweek children's club and meets on most Tuesdays in the church at 6pm — all children are welcome to bring their parents along. Keep an eye on St Mary's News for reports of recent activities.

Sunday Club: Our Sunday Club for children of all ages was launched in 2009. After meeting in church for the start of the service at 11.00am, the Club move upstairs for singing, stories and activities, then return in time for a blessing at the Communion rail. Sunday Club meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month (even in August!) and is supervised by Mrs Tracey Whitby.

St Mary's Church, Henlow: Coffee & Tea now being served - welcome Monthly Coffee Morning: Please join us for tea or coffee and delicious homemade* cakes from 10.45am on the first Wednesday morning of each month — a not-to-be-missed opportunity to catch up with friends old & new at St Mary's in an informal atmosphere.

* Sometimes we may serve cakes bought from local shops as well, but homemade or shop bought, they're always delicious!


About St Mary's | Find Us

The very attractive church of St Mary the Virgin stands at the heart of Henlow, with its tower visible from all approaches. The congregation are warm and friendly and our main service, normally with Holy Communion, is held at 11am each Sunday. We would love to see you and look forward to welcoming you.

St Mary's Church, Henlow

Regular Monthly Service Schedule

  • 1st Sunday: All Age Worship / Family Service (No Communion).
  • 2nd & 3rd Sunday: Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion).
  • 4th Sunday: Parish Eucharist with incense.
  • 5th Sunday: Benefice Service: Joint service with St Andrew's, held alternately either here or at St Andrew's.

All Sunday morning services are followed by refreshments in church: please do stay for these if you can.

American Connections

Plaque at St Mary's commemorating John and Joan Tilley and their daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Howland: pilgrims to America on The Mayflower in 1620

St Mary's is in regular contact with the Pilgrim John Howland Society of America. John Howland married Elizabeth Tilley of Henlow and both sailed from Plymouth on the Mayflower with the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620.

To find out more, visit pilgrimjohnhowlandsociety.org.

Plaque at St Mary's commemorating Henry Samson, a pilgrim to America on The Mayflower in 1620

We are also in contact with the Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred that was formed in September 2005. Henry Samson sailed on the Mayflower at the age of 16. He was the son of James and Martha (Cooper) Samson who were married in St Mary's on 20 May 1599. Henry was baptised in St Mary's on 15 January 1604.

To find out more, visit pilgrimhenrysamsonkindred.org, where St Mary's has its own page: The Samson Church: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Henlow, Bedfordshire

Churchwardens

Our Churchwardens are:
  • Mrs Carol Donnelly
  • Mrs Sue Moore


Photo Gallery | Photo Archives

Christmas 2015 | Churchyard | Coffee Morning | Easter Garden | Looking Around | Summer Fayre 2015 | Tower Restoration

WELCOME to the St Mary's photo gallery. If you have photographs of St Mary's, old or new, of people or events such as baptisms or weddings, that you'd like to see featured here, please contact Phil Groom, our webmaster, via his blog, facebook or twitter. If your photo includes children, please ensure that you have parental or guardian permission for the picture to be used here. Thank you.

Christmas 2015

Thank you to everyone whose hard work behind the scenes ensured that St Mary's was ready for our 2015 Christmas celebrations, as well as to those who donated to the cause. These pictures show some of that work in progress, preparing the Christingles and arranging the flowers, along with some of the results of that work. For more pictures, please see our news page.

Christingle makers at work (2)
Christingle makers at work (1)
Flower arrangers at work (2)
Flower arrangers at work (1)
Christingles completed
Christmas flower arrangement (2)

Summer Fayre 2015

Thank you to everyone whose hard work helped to make this year's Summer Fayre so successful, with fun & games, competitions, delicious cakes, lots of plants and so much more, all made all the more enjoyable by the bright and sunny weather which allowed us to have so many stalls outside. A special well done to those who managed to hold things down whenever the breeze picked up and congratulations, of course, to all our prize winners... [Read more and see more photos »]

Cakes, delicious cakes!
Cakes, delicious cakes!
Bling and Bits
Bling and Bits

Coffee Morning

Our monthly Coffee Morning is held at 10.45am on the first Wednesday of every month: coffee, tea, delicious homemade* cakes and a chance to catch up with friends old and new — do come along and join us: you can be sure of a friendly welcome.

St Mary's Church, Henlow: Coffee Morning (2)
St Mary's Church, Henlow: Coffee Morning (1)

* Sometimes we may serve cakes bought from local shops as well, but homemade or shop bought, they're always delicious!


Easter

As part of our Easter celebrations each year we construct an Easter Garden in the North Aisle: these pictures show the Easter Garden built in 2015 and a Floral Cross made by the Jumping Dolphins children's group. For some earlier pictures, visit our Photo Archives page.

Floral Cross made by the Jumping Dolphins
Floral Cross made by the Jumping Dolphins
Easter Garden 2015
Easter Garden 2015

Looking Around

For a more detailed look around, see our guided tour pages: Inside | Outside

View of the Nave, facing East
View of the Nave, facing East

The Lady Chapel
The Lady Chapel


St Mary's Churchyard

St Mary's Churchyard was extended in 2007 thanks to the generosity of a local benefactor. The extension was consecrated by the Rt Revd Richard Inwood, then Bishop of Bedford, on 5th September 2007, pictured below. More recently (2010 - 2011), a small but dedicated team of volunteers have been working very hard to tidy up the rest of the churchyard and the Garden of Rest: see our Before and After Gallery to find out more...

St Mary's Churchyard Extension
Churchyard Extension

Consecration of St Mary's Churchyard Extension
Consecration with the Bishop of Bedford
(in the centre, seated)

Tower Restoration Works

St Mary's Church Tower, a distinctive landmark familiar to those living in and around Henlow, was constructed in the 15th Century. Over the years it has needed extensive repair works. These photographs, provided by Alan Painter, show some of the deterioration and the subsequent restoration that was carried out in 2006... [Read more]

St Mary's Tower: Work in progress (1) St Mary's Tower: Work in progress (2) St Mary's Tower: Work in progress (3) St Mary's Tower: Work in progress (4)
Tower Restoration: Work in Progress...

St Mary's Tower: Work complete! (1) St Mary's Tower: Work complete (2)
Tower Restoration: Work Complete!


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