St Mary's Church at Thrigby is currently a chapel of ease but, due to falling masonery has been closed to the public. In reality St Mary's Church has no congregation let alone a priest. It has no power, water or other facilities and has not been used for anything more than occasional evensong services in summer for a very long time. It is linked with All Saints Church at Filby, less than 1 mile distant, which is now the main focus of the local worshiping community. However, due to ever scarcer resources the parish of Filby feels they can no longer justify expenditure of any kind upon a church that has no purpose. This is a problem that increasing besets rural parishes as congregations age and dwindle. The Norwich Diocese is aware of the situation and St Mary's is on the list of churches whose fate is being reviewed by the Diocese commission on church buildings:
The churchyard, however, remains open where several graves are tended regularly and there have even been some recent burials. This is a tranquil spot, Tigers and gibbons notwithstanding and it must be hoped that some new purpose may in future be found for this isolated rural church.