Church of England Diocese of Oxford Aylesbury

About Us

St Mary the Virgin is in the Parish of Aylesbury. Other churches are St. Peter's in Quarrendon. The Church of Fairford Leys and the Church on Berryfields are ecumenical partnership churches 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 Cafe which sells teas, coffees, cakes and hot foods Monday to Friday. We are also the venue for the Thursday Lunchtime Concerts that have taken place here for over thirty years. There is usually a Said Eucharist Service every Tuesday during the week at Midday.

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 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!