The Parish Church of St. Marys, Widford
We meet on the 1st to 4th Sundays at 09.30am; and alternate with CHS when there is a 5th Sunday in the month (preceded by breakfast).
We have occasional evening services, for details, please check our website regularly or telephone the Parish Office.
On 10th December 2017 we had a lovely Candlelit Carol Service
The services @ St Marys are relaxed but have more of a traditional Anglican style usually with a keyboard accompanying the hymns.
The 1st & 3rd Sunday mornings are Holy Communion. (There is sometimes a baptism during the service on the 1st Sunday.)
- The 2nd Sunday mornings are Morning Prayer.
- The 4th Sunday mornings are All-Age Worship.
St. Marys, is open every Friday afternoon between 1 and 4pm throughout the summer. Please do feel free to drop in. Members of the congregation will be there so if you have any questions about the building and grave yard, they will be happy to either answer your questions, or if they don't know the answers, they will find out for you and let you know.
The Parish Church of St. Mary, Widford stands proudly as a gateway to Chelmsford. For many centuries there has been a church standing on this site but the current church was built by Arthur Pryor (the owner of Hylands House) in 1862. If you have ever been to Galleywood and seen St. Michaels church, you will notice that it is the same but bigger than St. Marys. This is because Arthur Pryor fell out with the people of Widford and so decided to move out of St. Marys and build a new and bigger church a little way up the road.
Sadly, St. Marys - a Grade II listed building - is showing its age and we are in the process of bringing the building into a good state of repair. In 2016, we saw the installation of new LED bulbs that has improved the lighting significantly. We also had the Stained glass windows cleaned. The car park was also given some attention and gravel put down to improve the situation underfoot. 2019 hopefully will see the inside repainted and as a result a brighter fresher feel to the church. We have also had two new notice boards installed at each entrance to the Churchyard.
For more history about St. Marys, please click here