Welcome to St Mary the Virgin Church, Aldermaston
This historic building is a surprise for all who enter for the first time with its fine stained glass, eight bells and ornate wall paintings. There has been a church in Aldermaston for hundreds of years with this building dating from about 1150. We have services on the first three Sundays of the month and join with St Nicholas, the other church in the parish, for our fourth Sunday worship. We attract a wide range of ages across the services and can offer a toy corner for our youngest worshippers. There is always the opportunity for a drink and a biscuit after the main services when we catch up with each other – you are most welcome to join us!
Project St. Mary’s is underway to restore and rejuvenate the church. This includes building an adjacent meeting room with kitchen and toilet facilities as well as conserving and protecting the Grade 1 listed building. Click here to visit the project website to find out more and how you can help.
Our service pattern is as follows: On the first Sunday we have an 8.00am Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer and is a traditional Said service; there is also a Family Service following later at 10.45am. On the second Sunday we have Holy Communion at 10.45 with the third Sunday offering a Family Communion, also at 10.45 held at The Cedars School, Church Road during term time only. This service also starts at 10.45 and has the facilities for the children to enjoy Kids' Club separate from the other worshippers for part of the service. Please see the service link in the paragraph below for more information.. Fourth Sunday services are at St Nicholas' church on the Wasing Estate; this also starts at 10.45 and see their page here. Services on the 5th Sunday usually start at 10.00am and rotate around the Benefice; details are shown on the service listings. You can find more information about the form of these services on our Benefice website here.
The pattern may change on special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. For details of services in St Mary's and throughout the Benefice, click here.
St Mary's is not currently open during the day although we are keen to rectify that in the future; we are also looking at ways to improve our facilities for us and for future generations.
St Mary's is one of six churches in the Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton. For information about the Benefice, including who's who in the ministry team, Benefice news, services in our other churches, and events and activities, please click here.
If you wish to enquire about the history of the church, genealogy or the churchyard please contact one of the churchwardens. For weddings please contact Samantha Cave, . For all other enquiries please contact Revd Becky Bevan or Revd Pat Bhutta. For all other contact details click here.
Notes for your diary:
Monthly Benefice Communion
This short, quiet service of Holy Communion (without hymns) takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 11.30am at St Matthew’s Church, Midgham and will include prayers for all the Benefice. All welcome.
Weekly Benefice Prayers
This 30-minute service, which includes the readings for the coming Sunday, a Psalm, and intercessions, takes place every Thursday at 11:30 and moves around the Benefice as follows:
|Aldermaston:||September, October, November 2016|
|Woolhampton:||December 2016, January, February 2017|
|Aldermaston:||March, April, May 2017|
|Beenham:||June, July, August 2017|
Christingle Family Service
Sunday, 4th December at 10:45am
Supporting the work of The Children's Society
York Nativity Play
An atmospheric nativity play, staged annually in St Mary's Church, Aldermaston, since 1957 with medieval costume, speech and music, is available to view over four nights: 8th to 11th December 2016. Performances start at 8pm Thursday and Friday and 7pm Saturday and Sunday.
Free tickets, to ensure seating, available from aldermastonnativity.co.uk
Come and join us for our 60th consecutive year!
Friday 27th January 2017 – 7:30pm for 8:00pm.
At the Old Mill, Aldermaston.
Tickets will be available from the beginning of December and will cost £35 per person including a 5-course dinner.
This event was sold out by December 2015 - do not miss out this time!