St. Mary's Church, Bedfont Photo: Church from The Green in June 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 plan to start in January 2018 and have raised about £120,000 of the £250,000 needed. Our Open Day and Fun Day on 2nd September raised nearly £1,500, but we have a long way to go.

Please can you help us to look after our historic church and to make it warmer for people attending both services and other events in church? You can donate to us at JustGiving here. Cheques (payable to ‘St. Mary's PCC’ and marked ‘Heating Project’) can be sent to the Vicarage (9 Hatton Road, Bedfont, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 8JR). Many thanks.

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 15th April (due to Easter).

Baptisms

During 2017, Baptisms will take place on the 3rd Sunday in the month at 12 noon, except during March and 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.

Bookings are currently being taken for 2017. Please note that the child must have been born before any Baptism booking can be considered.

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 dates of Lent in 2017 are 1st March to 16th April.

Bookings for 2017 and 2018 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 2017 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: Church decorations for Patronal Festival Sunday 10th September was the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, and also our Patronal Festival, being the closest Sunday to the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The scripture readings at our services were Galatians 4.4-7, Psalm 45.11-18, and Luke 1.46-55.

You can listen to our 09:30 service here, or just listen to the sermon here.

Sunday 17th September is the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. The Gospel reading will be The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.

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Diary for September

SaturdaySeptember2th10:00
10:30
Parish Office in Vestry
Open Day in Church and Hall
SundaySeptember3thTwelfth Sunday after Trinity08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdaySeptember5th19:30Healing Communion
WednesdaySeptember6th09:30Holy Communion
FridaySeptember8thBirthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
SaturdaySeptember9th10:00
10:30
Parish Office in Vestry
Coffee Morning in Church
SundaySeptember10thPatronal Festival08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdaySeptember12th19:30Parish Prayers
WednesdaySeptember13th09:30Holy Communion
ThursdaySeptember14thHoly Cross Day
SaturdaySeptember16th10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundaySeptember17thFourteenth Sunday after Trinity08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdaySeptember19th19:30Parish Prayers
WednesdaySeptember20th09:30Holy Communion
ThursdaySeptember21stMatthew, Apostle and Evangelist
SaturdaySeptember23rd10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundaySeptember24thFifteenth Sunday after Trinity08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdaySeptember26th19:30Parish Prayers
WednesdaySeptember27th09:30Holy Communion
FridaySeptember29thMichael and All Angels
SaturdaySeptember30th10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundayOctober1stDedication Sunday08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
TuesdayOctober3rd19:30Healing Communion
WednesdayOctober4th09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayOctober7th10:00
10:30
Parish Office in Vestry
Coffee Morning in Church
SundayOctober8thHarvest Festival08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Family Communion

Monthly Coffee Mornings

We will be continuing our first-Saturday-of-the-month Coffee Mornings during 2017, from 10:30 to 12 noon. Drop into church for Fairtrade tea and coffee, cake (often home-made), biscuits and a chat. If you want to look round our historic church building and take a few photographs, please feel free, but we ask you not to use flash on the wall paintings.

The dates for 2017 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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