Wendens Ambo Church
St Mary the Virgin
Our church is welcoming to all for those seeking a spiritual environment to worship God, by attending services, a christening, wedding or funeral or just seeking quiet contemplation.
The church is normally open for visitors during daylight hours. A short history of the church is available for a modest sum, and a simple guide highlighting the stages of development of the church is available to consult while you are there. If you are planning to visit for a specific purpose – to see a family grave, or for genealogical or historical research, you may wish to contact the church beforehand.
Our regular services take place each Sunday at 9:30am as follows:
First Sunday: Family Service
Second Sunday: Holy Communion
Third Sunday: Morning Prayer
Fourth Sunday: Family Communion
Fifth Sunday: Sung Mattins with full choir
There is also a 9.30 Morning Prayer service every fifth Friday.
Refreshments are served after every service. We aim to provide a very warm welcome to visitors.
It is advisable to check the calendar of services in case there is a change to the normal pattern (click below)
St Mary’s is one of five churches in the Cam Villages group ministry which is a part of the Saffron Walden & Villages Team Ministry under our Rector, the Revd Canon David Tomlinson. The team vicar is Revd Alex Jeewan who is based in Great Chesterford With associate priest Revd Tim Hardingham who lives locally.
Revd Tim Hardingham
Revd Canon David Tomlinson
Revd Alex Jeewan
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get married at the Church?
Weddings are conducted at St Mary’s, Wendens Ambo, but enquiries should be made in the first place through the team’s main Parish Office in Saffron Walden at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary’s Parish Office, Church Path,
Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JP
01799 506 024
Office open weekdays 9.30 am – 12.00 noon
There is further information on church weddings here.
Loss of a family member?
A funeral service in church is accessible for everyone. It is best to approach your chosen funeral directors first. They will liaise with the clergy initially, and one of the clergy team will then contact you to arrange a visit.
Guided tours of the church?
Information about the church can be found in booklets available inside the church. Specific items of interest are highlighted in the 360° tour of the church available on line.
How do I organise a Baptism?
It’s usual to have your baby baptised in the parish where you live so that your child can be welcomed and grow in your local church family. If you live in the parish of Wendens Ambo and wish to have your child baptised at St Mary’s, you should in the first instance speak to the Team Vicar, Revd Alex Jeewan, or to the Priest, Revd Tim Hardingham. Contact them at email@example.com
St Mary’s is not yet as accessible as we would like but it is difficult to impose modern expectations on an ancient church. The closest parking is near the gate onto the cricket pitch. The church has a wheelchair which we can bring to you in Church Path, if that is easier. Please note that there are no toilet facilities in the church, although there are toilets at the village hall nearby. Heating in the church can be inadequate during the winter months.
Families and Children
Children are welcome at every service, and particularly the Family Service held normally on the first Sunday of each month, and the Family Communion held on the fourth.