St Mary Magdalene, Whipsnade

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The Church is bright and friendly, with a welcoming atmosphere. More than half of members travel to the church from outside the village because of the warm welcome that they received when they visited.

The building is simple, built of brick with a 16th century tower, nave (1719) supposedly designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, and apse added in 1860 - one of the Victorians' better ideas! The pulpit and altar rail are Jacobean, from the previous church. The interior is light and well maintained. It is set at the back of the village green in a well kept churchyard where conservation is taken seriously.
Services are said, mainly traditional, but people are open to new ideas.

At present, we are hoping to be allowed to build a small vestry and toilet extension so that we can use the church for community events.

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Mrs Isobel Randall
14 Holywell Road
(01582) 872552 (churchwarden) or 01582 872223 ((The Rector))

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Holy Communion
Said Eucharist, traditional on 1st and 4th Sundays, modern on 2nd Sunday. Followed by coffee on 1st and 3rd Sundays.
Every first second and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Refreshments
Sunday School
A meeting of children and young people in age groups (toddlers, children, teens) starting in church at the beginning of the 9.00 service then moving to a nearby home for activities. School terms only.
in school terms
Every second and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School
Family Service
Service of The Word, with participation by young people.
Every third Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Benefice Service
Every month when there is a fifth Sunday, the service on that day rotates round the Benefice. The next is on Sunday 30th November, 9.00 a.m. at Whipsnade
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


Village lunch
Every 2nd Thursday of the month church people provide a two course lunch and coffee in the Village Hall for approx. 60 people, at a small cost for church funds. People come from miles around for this friendly and enjoyable event. No need to book except in December, all welcome. Enquiries to Isobel Randall. 01582 872552
December's lunch is so popular that it requires advance booking. Contact Isobel Randall by email.
Every second Thursday at 12:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
Church Open The church is open to welcome visitors throughout the day.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7716
Built: c. 1719
Architect: Nicholas Hawksmoor
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: The Dean and chapter of St Pauls alternating with the Lord Chancellor
Archdeaconry: BEDFORD (322)
Deanery: DUNSTABLE (32204)
Benefice: Kensworth Studham and Whipsnade (32/142BP)
Parish Legal Name: Whipsnade (320331 )
CofE Church Info: (632331 32/331)
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The current editor is: Isobel Randall

This page was last updated on Thursday 20th November 2014
St Mary Magdalene : The Green, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LL - At the back of the Green on the opposite side of the road from the Old Hunter's Lodge.

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