Saint Mary's Theydon Bois

Worship carries on via our recorded online services


Throughout the life of Jesus, and in history of the early church, people came together to worship.  Sharing in a common life is an important part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus and this is one of the reasons why, for many, these last months, when church buildings have been closed, have been so challenging.  Although the church has been active in works of service and online, there is something special about the places where we gather. So it is with gladness I am able to announce that, in keeping with the recently updated government guidance, services will resume in all of the Theydon Parishes from this Sunday 5th July.  Things will be a bit different - services will be said for now, and there will not be groups for children and young people in church until September at the earliest (they do continue online - see  Everything we do will be fully risk assessed, and follow the guidelines from the Church of England and national government.  For example, we will be applying physical distancing measures and making sure service books are used by only one person per Sunday.  When we share in Holy Communion, we will not share the Peace in the service, only the consecrated bread will be offered with minimal contact and we will remain standing throughout.  A collection will not be taken during the service, instead there will be a retiring collection on the way out, including opportunity to give using contactless card payments at St Mary's Theydon Bois.
In all these things, let us be kind and bear with one another in love, persevering in prayer and rejoicing in hope, as Paul wrote to the Romans (Romans 12.9-13).  There is no compulsion to come forward to Communion, please participate as much as you feel able at this time.  Our online Sunday recorded services will continue throughout July (and longer if they are needed) and on Sunday evenings and midweek, services continue on Zoom.


Reopening of our churches

As our churches reopen, please give us your comments which will help us plan to meet your needs. Please click on the following link to complete the very short survey 


Opening our buildings for private prayer

Following the recent changes to the guidance for churches, all buildings of the Theydon Parishes are available for private prayer, as follows: -

St Mary's Theydon Bois - Sunday 2-4p.m & Thursday 10a.m.-12p.m.
All Saints Theydon Garnon Tuesday and Saturday 10a.m. - 12p.m.
St Mary's Stapleford Tawney Wednesday and 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month 10a.m.-12p.m.
St Michaels Theydon Mount 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month 10a.m.-12p.m.
If you would like aids to prayer, a downloadable set of prayers can be found below.  Please bring your own Bible or prayer book for the time being.  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.

Online worship

A new weekly recorded Sunday Worship service can be found via the 'Online Services' button at the top of this page.


On a Wednesday, Morning Prayer is said together via 'Zoom' at 10am. To join please email to receive the access details. The order of service can be found below.


On a Sunday evening we are also worship via 'Zoom' - Compline or Evensong. To join please email to receive the access details. The order of services can also be found below.


Please also find below the order of service for Morning and Evening Prayer.  If you have access to Facebook then we are posting a morning and evening prayer Monday through Thursday plus a special reflection for Sunday.  Our Facebook page:


Revd John Fry – Vicar of the Theydon Parishes

Private prayer
Prayer for private prayer.pdf
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Compline service booklet
For use via Zoom on Sunday evening.
Sung Compline.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.6 MB
Evensong service booklet
For use via Zoom on Sunday evening.
Sung Evensong.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 63.0 KB

Wednesday Morning Prayer via Zoom
20200425 Morning Prayer on Zoom.pdf
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Reflective Morning Prayer when unable to meet
Morning Prayer when not able to meet in
Adobe Acrobat Document 266.6 KB
Reflective Evening Prayer when unable to meet
Night Prayer when not able to meet in ch
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A church of welcome

At St Mary's Theydon Bois you will find an atmosphere that is loving, caring and welcoming to all. We aim to nurture each other to grow in faith together, through quality worship, bible teaching and prayer, sharing the love of God in Christ with others by example and our activities in the community and wider world.


Whatever your reason for visiting, you are welcome at any of our services. The main Sunday gathering takes place at 10.30 a.m. weekly (except on a month where there is a 5th Sunday, when we join with other churches for a joint service at 10.00a.m.).  Every Sunday there is also a traditional service of Holy Communion at 8.00a.m. and a sung Evening Service at 6.00p.m.


 Find full details of all our services for the coming weeks and months.

News & events

Our church is a building, our people are our faith. Come and see what everyone is doing.

Special occasions

 Special occasions with spiritual meaning from weddings, baptisms and funerals can be arranged.

For information on groups for Children and Young People at St Mary's Theydon Bois, please click here.

How to find us

St. Mary's Church

Piercing Hill

Theydon Bois

CM16 7JN