St Marys Felmersham, Felmersham

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We are a rural church serving a small rural community and therefore our services are designed to cater for the needs of the whole community. So whatever tradition or form of worship you are used to we trust that you will feel comfortable worshiping with us. More details

The present-day church was built by the monks of Lenton Priory between 1220 and 1240, but just why they decided to build such a large church for a small community is open to debate. Medieval churches were built to the glory of God and this was achieved by spending all available money, with no regard to the size of the local population. This then could be the explanation, although it is possible that the monks intended to build a satellite monastery but never completed the project. The fact that the church was built with a central tower lends added credence to this suggestion. Relatively few medieval churches have a central tower and those that do, were not primarily built for parish use. The scale of the internal arches at the central crossing and the fine external stonework at the west end, also suggest that the church was destined for a greater purpose.
Whatever the explanation, the Lenton monks built what is regarded as one of the finest Early English Gothic buildings in the region

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Rev'd Reuben Preston
The Rectory
81 High Street
MK44 1PE
(01234) 782000 (Rector) or 01234 781381 (Churchwarden)
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Parish Communion
This service is designed to accommodate the broad range of worship found in our rural community.
Every first second third and fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Matins (BCP)
Suitable for those who like the traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer


Holy Communion (Said)
A short week day service.
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for 20 minutes
Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets
Stained Glass

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Incumbent: The Revd Reuben James PRESTON
Incumbent: The Revd Reuben James PRESTON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7760
Built: 1220 to 1240
Style of worship: St Mary's Church welcomes people of all ages and denominations. Our services are designed to accommodate the broad range of worship found in our rural community.
Archdeaconry: BEDFORD (322)
Deanery: SHARNBROOK (32207)
Parish Legal Name: Felmersham (320374 )
CofE Church Info: (632374 32/374)
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The current editor is: Ken Shrimpton

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 13th December 2016
St Marys Felmersham : Church End, Felmersham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7JP

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