St Mary's Church
Missionary monks from Ireland founded the Christian Community of St.
Mary's in the late 7th Century. The building dates from the 13th Century
with the unique nave rebuilt in 1675 (after part of the tower fell and
damaged it) in the style of Sir Christopher Wren.
The church features the oldest and largest unsupported wooden ceiling in
England. Guided tours are available.
Not only is the building interesting and inspiring, built as it was to
the praise and glory of God, but we have ancient and interesting
artefacts that illustrate the faith of our axon forebears. It has a
tower with a ring of 8 bells.
St. Mary's is a community of Christians that is part of the Anglican,
Baptist and Methodist Churches. We would call ourselves Open Renewed
Evangelical. The Church Building is prominent in Church Street opposite
the Post Office.
Worship takes place in variety of styles, predominately relaxed, open
friendly and fairly informal. We seek to use the best of the old and the
new. It is lead by lay people and ministers of the three different
denominations. St Mary's believes in the ministry of wholeness and
healing and has an active local ministry team, which in partnership with
the whole congregation shares Christ's love practically and prayerfully.