St Mary the Virgin (Aylesbury Parish Church), Aylesbury
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St Mary the Virgin is one of a team of churches that forms the Parish of Aylesbury with Bierton and Hulcott. Other churches are St. James the Great in Bierton, St. Peter's in Quarrendon and All Saints in Hulcott. The Church of Fairford Leys is an ecumenical partnership church in the parish.
St Mary's stands in the centre of Aylesbury, and due to its position on a small hill, is among the tallest and most visible buildings in the town, being visible across the entire Vale. St. Mary's Church is the Parish Church for Aylesbury and also the County Church for Buckinghamshire. As a result we host many civic events during the course of the year. The Rector is traditionally the chaplain to the Town Mayor of Aylesbury.
We pride ourselves as a church with its doors open to visitors seven days a week. We house a small Refectory which sells teas, coffees and hot foods Monday to Saturday. We are also the venue for the Lunchtime Concerts that have taken place here for over twenty years. There are typically two services every day during the week.
St. Mary's Church is in the modern catholic tradition. This means that we celebrate the Eucharist as our principal service, wearing vestments and using incense when appropriate. We have a full choir who are affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. Our repertoire is broad, enjoying modern and traditional hymns and music. We are a very welcoming church, most especially for your young children. We believe very strongly that our worship is for all, and our toddlers enjoy their space within the main body of the church! We have a thriving Sunday School, youth Emmaus course, and of course opportunities for all our members to assist with serving.
St. Mary's is the proud home to a gifted and much-awarded team of bell ringers, who offer bells for all major services. We are a very diverse community, with an increasing population from many countries and cultures from around the world, most notably Zimbabwe!
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Fr Shane Wood - Team Rector
St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Square
01296 437641 w. A/phne
(Monday to Friday)
Tel: (01296) 437641
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