Forthcoming services at St. Michael's Theydon Mount and St. Mary's Stapleford Tawney

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

Wednesday Morning Prayer via Zoom
20200425 Morning Prayer on Zoom.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 86.6 KB
Compline booklet
Sung Compline.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.6 MB
Evensong booklet
Sung Evensong.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 63.0 KB

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
Adobe Acrobat Document 266.1 KB


The churches of the Benefice are open during the week, and the clergy are maintaining a rhythm of prayer. A suggested Order is available to download above. The church bell at St Mary's TB will be rung for 5 minutes before Morning and Evening Prayer are said, and all are invited to join this prayer wherever you are.

The general monthly format for services at St. Michael, Theydon Mount and St. Mary's Stapleford Tawney is as follows:


1st Sunday, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 10:30am at St. Mary's Stapleford Tawney

2nd Sunday. Service of the Word at 10:30 at St. Michael's Theydon Mount

3rd Sunday, Service of the Word at 10:30 at St. Mary's Stapleford Tawney

4th Sunday, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 10:30am at St. Michael's Theydon Mount

5th Sunday, Benefice Communion starting at 10am. This service rotates its location around the 4 churches within the Benefice.