St. Mary's Church, Bedfont Photo: Church from The Green in December 2017

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About Us

St. Mary's is the Church of England parish church for Bedfont, a historic village that is now a ward in the London Borough of Hounslow. We are in the Ecclesiastical Area of Kensington of the Diocese of London.

Our ancient church building sits on the northern edge of Bedfont Green, near the junction of the A315 Staines Road and Hatton Road. Our Church Hall and Vicarage (postcode TW14 8JR) are close nearby. Click here to find us on Google Maps (other on-line mapping services are available)

Our Vicar is Revd. Philip Smith. The vicarage telephone number is 020 8751 0088.

For a report on his Institution, Induction, and Installation service in September 2015, click here.

For more information, click here to download our Parish Profile.

You can interact with us on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Heating and Flooring Project

The underfloor heating in St Mary's was installed in the 1960s and has failed. The church is now cold and the fabric of the building is suffering damp. It is costing money for electric heating and wasting energy.

Our architect has recommended replacement of the underfloor heating and a new stone floor more in keeping with the historic nature of the building. This will make the church warmer and protect the historic fabric of a beloved building in Bedfont. Also, it will make the church a better venue for many community events. There are many aspects to the project including preserving and restoring the mediaeval pictures and the organ.

We will start in January 2018. Sunday and Wednesday morning services will be held in the Church Hall during the period of work.

Photo: Sponsorship banner outside Church Hall
You can sponsor a flagstone to help us raise £250,000 to replace the floor and the under-floor heating and thus protect the fabric of the church for future generations. Anyone who joins in with this scheme before 20th January 2018 will have their names inserted into a time capsule to be buried into the floor as the work is completed. A book recording all sponsorships will be created and will eventually be placed on view within the church. You can get more details and donate to us at JustGiving here. Alternatively, you can download a sponshorship form, and return it to the address on there.

Regular Services

Notice Board with service details

Our weekly Communion services are based on Common Worship.

Sundays

Holy Communion at 8:00 am, a quiet service without hymns.

Parish Communion at 9:30 am, with hymns led by our organ and choir. Our Junior Church leave after the first hymn, and return before the final hymn. Sometimes this is replaced by a non-Eucharistic Family Worship service, with the children staying in for the whole service.

Tuesdays

Parish Prayers at 7:30 pm, except on the first Tuesday of each month, when it is replaced by a Healing Communion service.

Wednesdays

Holy Communion at 9:30 pm.

Occasional Services

Parish Office

Enquiries regarding Weddings, Baptisms and other pastoral matters can be made at the church Vestry (entrance off Hatton Road) on Saturday mornings between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Parish Office timings are unchanged on Saturdays when there is a Coffee Morning. Parish Office is usually suspended at Easter and Christmas. There wiil be no Parish Office on Saturday 30th December.

Baptisms

During the building work in the church during the early part of 2018, there will be no special baptism services. Thereafter, Baptisms will take place on the 3rd Sunday in the month at 12 noon, except during December, when there will be none. Parents wishing to discuss the Baptism of a child should attend Parish Office, as above.

We also offer Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child services, which may be more suitable for those who are not regular church attenders. A short leaflet is available to explain the differences.

If you are not already a regular member of our congregation, you will be asked to attend a number of services before being able to make a booking.

Marriages

Wedding and blessing bookings are taken for alternate Saturdays throughout the year except during Lent (6 weeks before Easter) and Advent (4 weeks before Christmas). A maximum of 2 weddings can occur with one at 3:00pm and another at either 2:00pm or 4:00pm. The church will not be available between January and April 2018 due to the building works.

Bookings for 2018 and 2019 are currently being taken. Please note that all bookings are provisional until full payment has been received and all administrative operations have taken place. Statutory Fees for 2018 can be downloaded from here.

Banns are normally read during the month preceding the wedding. So, for a Wedding in July, the Banns will normally be read in June, although this can change with individual circumstances.

Funerals

The Funeral Director will normally liaise with the Vicar regarding the arrangements for the Funeral service.

Saint Mary's Burial Ground is situated off Bedfont Road, and is maintained by volunteers from our congregation. The entrance is just to the west of that of Bedfont Lakes Country Park (where normally free car parking is available). It can be visited at any reasonable time.

Burials of Ashes can be made in the Garden of Remembrance east of the church extension. This also can be visited at any reasonable time.

Weekly Newsletter & Monthly Parish Magazine

Each Sunday we produce a combined Newsletter and Service Sheet. This includes a ‘Diary For The Week’, a list of other forthcoming events and meetings, and various items of parish news.

Click here to download our weekly Newsletter (and back issues)

We also produce a Monthly Magazine, usually published on the fourth Sunday of the preceeding month, cost 50 pence. As well as in church, copies can be obtained from Bedfont Library. Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot make the magazine available for download.

Festivals and Other Events

Recent and Coming Soon

Photo: Advent wreath with 2 candles lit Sunday 10th December was the Second Sunday of Advent, when we lit two candles on our Advent wreath. The theme was John the Baptist, who preceeded Jesus, and pointed the people towards him as being the long-promised Messiah.

The scripture readings at our morning services were Isaiah 40.1-11, Psalm 85.1-2,8-13, and Mark 1.1-8.

Join us outside Barry's in the ‘High Street’ at 16:00 on Saturday 16th December for Community Carol Singing.

Sunday 17th December is the Third Sunday of Advent. The theme is again John the Baptist, who preceeded Jesus, and pointed the people towards him as being the long-promised Messiah. At our 09:30 service our Junior Church will be presenting this year's Nativity Play.

In the evening of that day at 18:30 we will be holding our Festival of Carols and Handbells. This will be followed by refreshments. All welcome.
Poster for Festival of Carol and Handbells

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Diary for December

SundayNovember26thChrist the King08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdayNovember28th19:30Parish Prayers
WednesdayNovember29th09:30Holy Communion
ThursdayNovember30thAndrew the Apostle
SaturdayDecember2nd10:00
11:00
Parish Office in Vestry
Christmas Fayre in Hall
SundayDecember3rdAdvent Sunday08:00
09:30
18:30
Holy Communion
Christingle, Toy, and Gift Service
Advent Carols and Readings
TuesdayDecember5th19:30Healing Communion
WednesdayDecember6th09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayDecember9th10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundayDecember10thSecond Sunday of Advent08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdayDecember12th19:30Parish Prayers
WednesdayDecember13th09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayDecember16th10:00
13:30
16:00
Parish Office in Vestry
Junior Church Nativity Play Rehearsal
Carol Singing at Bedfont ‘High Street’
SundayDecember17thThird Sunday of Advent08:00
09:30
18:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Nativity Play
Festival of Carols and Handbells
TuesdayDecember19th19:30Parish Prayers
WednesdayDecember20th09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayDecember23rd10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundayDecember24thFourth Sunday of Advent
(Christmas Eve)
09:00
17:00
23:30
Holy Communion
Crib Service with Nativity Play
Candle-lit Communion of Christmas
MondayDecember25thChristmas Day10:00Christmas Communion
TuesdayDecember26thStephen, Deacon, First Martyr
WednesdayDecember27thJohn, Apostle and Evangelist09:30Holy Communion
ThursdayDecember28thThe Holy Innocents
SaturdayDecember30thNo Parish Office
SundayDecember31stFirst Sunday of Christmas08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
WednesdayJanuary3rd09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayJanuary6th10:00Parish Office in Hall
SundayJanuary7thEpiphany Sunday08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church

Monthly Coffee Mornings

We will be continuing our first-Saturday-of-the-month Coffee Mornings during 2018, from 10:30 to 12 noon. Because of the building works in church, they will be held at Bedfont Library until May.

The dates for 2018 are:

Festivals and Events for 2017

Click here for our Festival and Events Calendar for 2017.

History and Description

For an illustrated history of the church, click here.

Stained Glass

For an illustrated description of the church's stained glass, click here.

Monuments

For an illustrated description of the church's monuments, click here (external site).

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