The Church of St. Mary the Virgin has been at the centre of village life in Banham since the 14th Century. We are a changing and developing rural community. Our church is changing and developing to meet the spiritual needs of our villagers, young and old alike. We worship in a traditional way but are eager to embrace new ideas and fresh expressions as Christians guided by the Holy Spirit. Our Sunday congregations may be small but our church is in great demand for those happy and sad occasions in life. Our modern facilities have opened the church to new community projects, often in collaboration with the Parish Council and village Primary School and we celebrate the big national events as well as summer and winter fairs. In partnership with Integrate Youth for Christ we hold a weekly term time Youth Café for 11-16 yr. olds which regularly attracts 40-70 youngsters from the Benefice. Our bi-monthly Messy Church sessions attract some young families, many of whom are new to church life, and we also help with Friday Club for 4-9 year olds at Rowancroft. We hold a monthly Saturday Café, which has become a regular meeting place for all age groups. Also we have an afternoon Open Door where people meet to chat over tea and homemade cakes. We even have ‘Movie Nights’ courtesy of the Friends of Banham Church. Our magnificent church spire is a landmark that can be seen for miles and was used in WWII to guide the bomber and fighter pilots home to safety….we like to think our spire continues to guide people home to safety in Christ.