St Mary The Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough

St Mary The Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough

St Mary The Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough

The Church Community

The Church is an integral part of village life and its congregation are active in all key village organisations.

We offer a balance of traditional and less formal worship suitable for all ages and would love to welcome you to join us at our friendly and inclusive gatherings.

In addition to our regular pattern of worship, the church hosts a number of fun and fundraising events in both the church and in the village hall, ranging from an annual barn dance through to carol singing accompanied by a brass band.

As part of our commitment to the village we give a welcome pack to all new people to the village, describing the church and village activities and produce the Woodnesborough Village News a free magazine which is distributed to 600 homes and is available online.

We also run popular regular groups including a weekly Coffee Pot and a Baby & Toddlers group.


The Church as a Building

St Mary’s Grade 2* listed building dates from 1182, and has some outstanding features, including a 14th century sedilia and three modern stained glass windows. Its’ spire was removed following a storm in 1745 and replaced by a wooden tower topped by a cupola; an unusual design feature which has been attributed to the influence of Dutch refugees who settled locally after escaping political and religious persecution. Following a recent reordering we have improved heating, kitchen and toilet facilities and a social area with flexible seating.

As part of our commitment to greening the church we have recently created a wildflower meadow area to encourage wildlife diversity and are looking to increase the number of outdoor worship opportunities.

Woodnesborough Church is one of five churches in the Eastry and Woodnesborough Benefice.

Please click on the link below for more information.


St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough Church Services

  • 1st Sunday of the month 8.00am Holy Communion Service 10.00am Come and Praise – Family Service
  • 2nd Sunday of the month 10.00am Holy Communion Service
  • 3rd Sunday of the month No service at Woodnesborough
  • 4th Sunday of the month 10.00am Holy Communion Service
  • 5th Sunday of the Month 10.00am Benefice Service – see website for venue

We are a very friendly church and everyone of all ages is welcome to our services.

The church is open every day from 9am-5pm for private prayer and reflection.


St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough Church Directory

Rector currently in vacancy, please contact Benefice Office on 611323 or email

Interim Priest (part-time) Revd. Kirrilee Reid 611323

Benefice Office: Trisha Wells 611323 (Weds 11am-1pm Fri 10am-12pm)

Reader Hilary Baldwin 613346

Church Wardens Martin Bedford 617636  Alison Hilton 814413

PCC Secretary Caroline Pearce 619190

PCC Treasurer Roger Bailey 613036

Church Flowers Linda Flower 614142

Baby & Toddler Group Linda Flower 614142  (Thurs term-time 9.30-11am)

Children’s Society Martin & Gina Bedford 617636 Church Breakfast Ken Flower 614142

Coffee Pot Hilary Baldwin 613346 (Tues 10-11.30am)


St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Woodnesborough Social Events
Saturday 9th July – 70s and 80s Night – BENEFIT FOR UKRAINE – Woodnesborough Village Hall 7pm
Dance the night away to some classic sounds and relive your youth
All profits will go to a charity supporting the Ukraine appeal
Tickets £15 from Denise (01304 619654) including a 2 course meal

We are pleased to announce that The Revd Andrew Brown, currently serving his curacy in the Ashford Ministry Team, has been appointed to the post of Rector of Eastry and Woodnesborough. The date of his licensing is 4th July at 7pm and will be conducted by Bishop Rose.