The Theydon Parishes Benefice



The PCCs of the Benefice have met over the last weeks and having reviewed the differing circumstances and sizes of each church have prayerfully made plans for the resumption of public worship.


All Saint's Theydon Garnon will reopen as follows:

Sunday 7th March - Holy Communion (BCP) at 8:00am

Tuesday 9th March - Holy Communion at 10:00am (and every Tuesday thereafter)

Sunday 14th March - All Age Mothering Sunday service at 9:15am.


At present, St. Mary's Stapleford Tawney, St. Michael's Theydon Mount and St. Mary's Theydon Bois will remain closed for public worship until Sunday 28th March.


Online services will continue to be published weekly on our Recorded Services page




There are signs of better days ahead in the air - the flowers of spring are not far off, and increasing numbers of people are receiving a vaccination to protect them from COVID-19.  As is so often the case with the Psalms, a song of lament contains within it a word of hope and it is in those words of hope that followers of Jesus are called to trust when it is easy and more importantly, when it is difficult.


The leadership team in the Benefice are aware of the responsibility we bear before God, and before the communities we serve to both worship and do all that we can to be safe.  Jesus reminded those who were listening to Him, that God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.  Although the continued closure of our buildings for public worship (except for funerals) is a great sadness to me, that doesn't mean we cannot encounter God together.  


Every Sunday, a recorded act of worship will be posted on our Recorded Services page and there will be a weekly Sunday morning family service at 10.30am, a Sunday evening service at 6pm and Wednesday morning service at 10am, all held on Zoom.  In the Wednesday service, we are reading Mark's Gospel until Easter (see the calendar for each week's reading beneath this text).  Groups for children and young people will also continue online and details will be circulated to parents and carers.  


Rev John Fry – Vicar of the Theydon Parishes

Calendar for reading of Mark's Gospel
Reading Mark in the Theydon Parishes.pdf
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Opening our buildings for private prayer
Some of the buildings remain open for private prayer in addition to our regular services


All Saints Theydon Garnon - the North Porch is accessible as a place to pray at any time 
St Mary's Stapleford Tawney every Sunday and Wednesday at 10a.m.- sunset
If you would like aids to prayer, a downloadable set of prayers can be found below.  It is possible to light a candle in prayer in buildings where that is usually available.  To make a prayer request, please bring a pre-written card from home and place it on the prayer boards.
Prayer for private prayer.pdf
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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.

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