Saint Mary's Theydon Bois


Following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April, our prayers are offered for the repose of his soul, and for Her Majesty the Queen and the whole Royal Family.


Sunday worship will continue as planned and special prayers will be said in all services


On Saturday 10th April, a single bell tolled at Theydon Garnon, Theydon Bois, and Stapleford Tawney. A short video of this can be found on our Facebook page 


The Theydon Parishes will join with others across the country, holding a special service of commemoration for the life of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh at 6pm on Friday 16th April (the day before his funeral service).  Following national guidance, this service will be held on Zoom, and the codes to access the service will be circulated by email and published on this website on Wednesday.


Books of condolence are open online at


Bishop Guli and Bishop Peter have both shared their condolences.


Bishop Guli said:

"I am very sorry to learn about the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We pray for Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, the Commonwealth and the Nation and we give thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh's extraordinary life of duty and dedication."


Bishop Peter said:

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Diocese of Chelmsford are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, our nation and commonwealth.  

At this time of great sadness, we remember with gratitude The Duke of Edinburgh's extraordinary contribution as consort to Her Majesty the Queen. He has devoted his adult life to our service and the loving support of Her Majesty, for which we are thankful.”


Rev John Fry – Vicar of the Theydon Parishes

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