The Theydon Parishes Benefice

A warm welcome is extended to all visitors, both to this website, and visitors of our four churches.


The Benefice is the coming together of a number of churches (All Saints Theydon Garnon, St Mary the Virgin Theydon Bois, and the joint parish of St Michael’s Theydon Mount and St Mary the Virgin Stapleford Tawney)

We are:

  • one Benefice,
  • three Parishes,
  • three congregations,
  • four Churches


We are three active parishes that provide the opportunity to deliver a range of styles of worship from the Book of Common Prayer to All Age Worship. Our congregations are committed to developing their churches and reaching out to their communities in mission and ministry. We face different challenges in our quest to serve God in each community, whilst promoting the Christian faith.


Rev Carol Newnham, currently Curate at St Thomas' Beacontree, will be joining the team in the Benefice as our Associate Priest in the autumn. She will be licensed by the Archdeacon of Harlow in a special service to be held on Thursday 8th November at 7.30p.m. at St Mary's Stapleford Tawney. Please come along and let's fill the church to welcome her.


During the Harvest Services please bring along a donations to show thanks.  These donations will be passed onto the Manna Centre for the Homeless in London.  

For a list of ideas of items you could donate please click here: IDEAS FOR MANNA CENTRE DONATIONS


St Mary's ST will be holding a church open afternoon on Saturday 6th October from 2.00-4.00p.m. Come and view the Harvest displays and enjoy afternoon tea and cake. On Sunday 7th October, there will be a  Ploughman’s lunch served after the Morning Harvest Festival Communion service which begins at 10.30a.m.

All Saints TG will hold a Harvest Supper on Saturday 6th October at 7.30p.m. in the Gatehouse. Tickets will be £12 and will include ham/turkey and salad followed by apple pie (byo drinks and glasses) - available from Ann. If you would like to help with the entertainment please speak to Kay. All Age Worship for Harvest at 9.15a.m. on Sunday 7th October.

St Mary's TB will be having an All Age Parade Service for Harvest on Sunday 7th October at 10.30a.m.

St Mary's Theydon Bois Church

St Mary's Stapleford Tawney Church

All Saints Theydon Garnon Church

St Michael's Theydon Mount Church

Introductory video

Hear Rev John Fry, Vicar of the Theydon Parishes explains how the church is always there for the people of the local community and what fun times are had


Who's who in the Benefice?

Contact the Benefice office

Safeguarding in Theydon Parishes

Theydon Parishes Weekly Notice Sheet

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