About Us

St Mary’s Church, Reed is a beautiful little church with a spiritual and peaceful atmosphere and its services are in the main quiet and prayerful and for many it is a very special haven.

The Church, parts of which are of late Saxon period, although not having a huge congregation, is nonetheless much loved. This is not only reflected in the recently formed Friends of Reed Church (a registered charity), but in the many people who give freely of their time to support the Church in myriad and sundry ways.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Our services are listed on our web site: https://unitedbenefice.wordpress.com/</span>

We are part of a small rural benefice in North East Hertfordshire, covering an area that includes Barkway, Barley, Reed, Buckland, Chipping, Nuthampstead and Newsells. Our nearest towns are Royston and Buntingford, but Cambridge is also within easy reach.

Our active churches are in Barkway, Barley and Reed.

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As Christians, we seek to worship God and live out our faith in our communities and beyond, in word and action, through loving God and loving our neighbour.

We would very much like to welcome you to join us for worship or for any other activities in the benefice.

The Reverend Ruth Pyke became our Rector around two years ago.

Ruth is married to The Reverend Canon Richard Pyke, who recently retired as the Team Rector of the Bishop's Hatfield Team; they have 4 grown up children and two grandchildren.

Before becoming the Children’s Work Adviser, she was Priest in Charge in the parish of Caddington, and served in curacies in Watford and in St Albans. Ruth also taught music and RE in primary schools in Hertfordshire before ordination. Ruth was previously the Children’s Work Adviser for the Diocese. Please remember Ruth and her family in your prayers as she goes about her work in the benefice.