St Mary, Temple Guiting

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Welcome to St Mary’s Church Temple Guiting. St. Mary's is one of seven churches in a joint benefice together with the villages of Naunton, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Guiting Power, Cutsdean and Farmcote.We hope these brief notes about its history and particular features of interest will encourage you to visit.

Temple Guiting is a small peaceful village in the Upper Windrush valley at the northwest corner of the Cotswolds. St Mary's Church was founded around the year AD 1170 by the Knights Templar and retains many features of interest.

The most ancient, easternmost part of the church dates from Norman times (12th century). Staring out from below the roofline on each side, are eleven stone corbels; beautifully carved beasts, figures and grotesque heads designed to ward off evil spirits.

In the nave of the church stands a beautiful 15th century font and above it in the central south window, three panels of attractive medieval glass of Flemish or German origin. A further nine glass panels were sold by the Talbot family to a London dealer in 1809 for £5.00 and exported to America. They are now in the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York.

Above the porch door is a Georgian Decalogue, an ornately painted set of wooden panels representing the Creed, Ten Commandments and Lord’s Prayer.  The Decalogue, circa 1746, lay hidden for over a century, eventually being restored in 2004 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Behind the lectern is a beautiful stained glass window , the work of Gloucestershire artist Tom Denny, illustrating a verse from Psalm 111 and installed in 2010 in memory of Lord Butterworth; the first vice-chancellor of Warwick University.

This is just a taste of the history of St Mary's church. The church is always open during daylight hours and you will find refreshments available. Visitors are especially welcome at our Sunday services.

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Holy Communion
Holy Communion. Common Worship Traditional Liturgy. All welcome.
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
All-inclusive family friendly service.
Some changes to the normal service pattern are likely during the next few months. Please see noticeboard for details.
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
Choral Holy Communion
Choral Holy Communion led by a choir drawn from across the Benefice.
Some changes to the normal service pattern are likely over the next few months. Please see noticeboard for details.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship


Morning Prayer
A reflective service of Morning Prayer is said in St Mary's every Thursday.
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for 20 minutes


Saturday at the West End
All welcome for coffee, cake and chat.
Every second and fourth Saturday at 11:00 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14394
Archdeaconry: CHELTENHAM (162)
Deanery: North Cotswold (16209)
Parish Legal Name: Temple Guiting with Cutsdean (160377 )
CofE Church Info: (616377 16/377)
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The current editor is: Alison Clifton Barnard

This page was last updated on Tuesday 3rd January 2017
St Mary , Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, GL54 5RW

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