Notice: April 31st. During Revd. Allan’s illness please direct enquiries to Revd. Linda.
Rector: Revd. Dr. Allan Barton (01494 529988)
Associate Priest: Revd. Linda Richardson (01494 484030)
Church Wardens: Linsay Welham and Rosy Oliphant
CORONAVIRUS: St Mary’s is now open for private prayer – please read more below…
On 24th March 2020 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to Anglican churches regarding the Coronavirus:
The archbishops and bishops of the Church of England have written collectively to clergy, through their dioceses, urging them now to close all church buildings – other than where they are needed to keep a foodbank running, but even then under strict limits.
“ Public worship will have to stop for a season. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop.”
This means that until further notice there will be no Sunday services in the West Wycombe benefice – at St Paul’s, West Wycombe, St Paul’s, Bledlow Ridge, St Botolph’s, Bradeham and St Mary the Virgin, Radnage.
However, following the recent Government announcement regarding the opening of places of worship for private prayer, St Mary’s Church, Radnage, will be open for private prayer daily during daylight hours from 15th June onwards. Please follow guidance notes and instructions in or around the church regarding use of hand sanitisers and maintaining social distancing.
There will be no church weddings until further notice; funerals will not take place inside church buildings and the only baptisms will be emergency baptisms in a hospital or home.
“These are unprecedented times,” the bishops write.
If you have a wedding or baptism planned our clergy will contact you.
St Mary’s church is a living building. Built by the Knights Templar in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century, it has been prayed in for over a thousand years and has an atmosphere that reflects this. It is decorated with wall paintings which span six centuries, some of which were only rediscovered in the 1960s. They provide spiritual inspiration and comfort for worshippers and visitors. Just over 10 years ago, a kitchen, vestry and toilet were added, helping to make the church more welcoming and usable for community activities. The church is open during daylight hours.
The building consist of a nave, central tower and chancel, all arranged in a East – West line. There is a small porch in the southern corner and a vestry in the north, all standing in a small churchyard.
The church tower is original and about 10 feet square and of a style which has elements of the late Norman and early English periods.
The nave is entered from the fifteenth century porch and probably dates from the thirteenth century and is thus probably a later addition to the original building. It is decorated with wall paintings which span six centuries, some of which were only rediscovered in the 1960s.
The church has become a regular filming location for the BBC’s Crandford series and has also been a location for other major films.
We have recently had a wonderful film made of St Mary’s by a local resident, Luke Phillips. You can see it on Youtube or by clicking here.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Parish of Radnage are part of the West Wycombe Benefice that includes the church of St Botolph, in the Parish of Bradenham, the church of St Paul, in the Parish of Bledlow Ridge, and the two churches of St Lawrence and St Paul in West Wycombe. There are also regular services held in the village hall in Piddington.
The benefice is in the Deanery of High Wycombe and is part of the Oxford Diocese. The rector for the benefice is Revd Dr Allan Barton who lives in West Wycombe and the Reverend Linda Richardson is the Associate Priest who looks after Radnage.
St Mary’s has a Family-Friendly Church award and visitors are warmly welcomed to worship at our Sunday service held every week. On the last Sunday of the month, we have a joint Benefice service that is held in one of the 6 locations in the benefice.
Service times are published in Contact, the parish magazine, and on this page but, generally, Communion services are held every Sunday at 09:30 except on the first Sunday of the month when a Family Morning Praise service is held.
For information about our services or for pastoral support, please contact:
Revd. Linda Richardson
Telephone: 01494 484030
Promoting a Safer Church
For more information about Safeguarding, please see this page.
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Caroline Strange. Contact: 07916 168847
For those interested in the work of the church the minutes of the PCC meetings are displayed inside the church porch.
St Mary’s has a Facebook page!
Check it out by searching St Mary’s Church Radnage or @stmaryschurchradnage
All the latest information about what’s happening at our church.