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 failed in stages from about 2000. The church was cold and the fabric of the building starting to suffer from damp. It cost additional money for electric heating and wasted energy.

Our architect recommended replacement of the underfloor heating and a new stone floor more in keeping with the historic nature of the building. This would make the church warmer and protect the historic fabric of a beloved building in Bedfont. Also, it is expected to 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 started in January 2018, and completed the bulk of the work in March. Sunday and Wednesday morning services were held in the Church Hall during the period of work.

Photo: Sponsorship banner outside Church Hall
Although much of the work has been completed, you can still sponsor a flagstone to help us raise a total of £267,000 to replace the floor and the under-floor heating and thus protect the fabric of the church for future generations. Anyone who joined in with this scheme before 20th January 2018 had their names inserted into a time capsule buried into the floor during the work. A book recording all sponsorships is being 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 sponsorship 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.

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.

Baptisms

Baptisms usually take place on the 3rd Sunday in the month at 12 noon, except during the seasons of Lent (mostly in March) and Advent (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 2018. There are now few spaces available before September. 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.

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: Easter Decorations in church Sunday 8th April was the Second Sunday of Easter, also sometimes known as Thomas Sunday. Our Gospel reading was John's account of the Apostle Thomas' encounter with the risen Jesus. Doubt often accompanies belief, even today.

The scripture readings at our morning services were Acts 4.32-35, Psalm 133, and John 20.19-31.

Sunday 8th April is the Third Sunday of Easter. Our Gospel reading will be Luke's account of the risen Jesus' appearance to the 11 remaining Apostles.

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Diary for April

SundayApril1stEaster Day06:30
08:00
09:30
Sonrise Communion
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
MondayApril2ndEaster Monday
TuesdayApril3rd19:30Healing Communion
WednesdayApril4th09:30
11:00
Holy Communion
Sandbanks Communion
SaturdayApril7th10:00
10:30
Parish Office in Vestry
Coffee Morning in Church
SundayApril8thSecond Sunday of Easter08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
MondayApril9thThe Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred)
WednesdayApril11th09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayApril14th10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundayApril15thThird Sunday of Easter08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
WednesdayApril18th09:30Holy Communion
SundayApril22ndFourth Sunday of Easter08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
MondayApril23rdGeorge, Martyr, Patron of England
TuesdayApril24thMellitus, Bishop of London, first Bishop at St Paul's
WednesdayApril25thMark the Evangelist09:30Holy Communion
SaturdayApril26th10:00Parish Office in Vestry
SundayApril29thFifth Sunday of Easter08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
MondayApril30thErkenwald, Bishop of London
TuesdayMay1stPhilip and James, Apostles19:30Healing Communion
WednesdayMay2nd09:30
11:00
Holy Communion
Sandbanks Communion
SaturdayMay5th10:00
10:30
Parish Office in Vestry
Coffee Morning in Church
SundayMay6thSixth Sunday of Easter08:00
09:30
Holy Communion
Parish Communion and Junior Church
MondayMay7thEarly May bank holiday

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:

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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Registered Charity number 1132247.

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