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  • Welcome to St Mary's Church, Great Shefford and St Stephen's Church, Shefford Woodlands

    Welcome to the St Mary's, Great Shefford and our sister church St Stephen's, Shefford Woodlands website. Our parish is a part of the West Downland Benefice formed in 2009 which has a total of six parishes and eight churches. They are All Saints, Brightwalton; St Andrew's, Chaddleworth; St Mary's, Fawley; St James’, Leckhampstead; St Gregory's, Welford and St Swithin's, Wickham. We also have churches in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, St Thomas's, East Shefford and St Margaret's, Catmore.

    The Revd John Townend has been the Rector of the West Downland Benefice since it was formed and was the Priest in Charge of two groups of churches some of which are now part of the new benefice from 2001. The Revd Mary Harwood is our Associate Priest living in Chaddleworth. We have a strong Parochial Church Council including our Churchwardens Serena Nickson and Phillipa Phelps. Volunteers are a vital part of our team and work hard to welcome people to our beautiful churches and make them an important part of our communities.

    You will always be welcome at our church services and please do not hesitate to contact John or Mary if you would like to discuss a baptism (christening) or a wedding, or even a special service or event for your organisation, school or club. We are also always keen to hear about community projects and ways in which we might be able to support them. 

    We are looking forward to seeing you soon and hearing your comments.

    Thought for the Day - thought for the day by BBC Radio 4


  • Coming Soon

    All our up and coming Events

    Our Next Cafe Churches
    Our next Café Church is on the 17th of August 2014. Click on the link above for full details.

    Vigil of Music
    We will be marking the start of the First World War on Monday, 4th August. Our Churches will be open all day for anyone who would like to reflect or offer a prayer for those whose lives were cut short. In the evening there will be a Benefice Service at St Stephen’s Church in Shefford Woodlands, chosen because the carving in the church was carved by an army officer from the village in memory of the men from the village who gave their lives.The service is at 19.30pm and all are welcome.

    Summer Lunch
    We are holding a Lunch Party at Garden House, Shefford Woodlands on the 23rd August 2014 at 13.00 to raise money for St Stephen's Church repairs. 2 courses and a glass of wine £15.00 per person(and a raffle)Please let us know if you would like to come before August 16th 2014 on the online form.


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