Riversmeet Benefice

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Welcome to St Mary Magdalene Roxton!

We hope that you will find the following information both interesting and helpful.

Whilst the church is not kept open a key may be obtained from the Post Office located in the car park of the Royal Oak public house.

The Church

The church, which serves the villages and hamlets of Roxton, Chawston, Colesden and Wyboston, is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene and is listed Grade II*. It is 14th century with 15th century tower. It has a fine rood screen. The 5 bells are rung regularly and the organ is in regular use. There is access for vehicles and disabled parking. There is a reading room, kitchen and toilets. The open churchyard is maintained with help from the parish council. A public right of way passes through the churchyard and is part of the Ouse Valley way.

This is a typical, unpretentious country church and its peacefulness and tranquillity are remarked upon frequently by visitors. However, apart from being a wonderful place for worship and prayer it often hosts other secular events such as concerts, flower arranging demonstrations and our annual Christmas fayre.

Our worship and Ministry

You will always find a warm welcome at any of our services. In each month our pattern of services includes said eucharist, a lay-led all age family service and an occasional morning prayer. We often join together with the rest of the benefice for a service rotating around the churches.

Other special services include Remembrance, Mothering Sunday, Harvest festival, Easter and Christmas services, including a crib service. The church has become increasingly popular for weddings in the last few years.

Do check the services tab on this website to keep you updated of times and venues.

Services are also published in the weekly Pew news. If you would like to receive a regular electronic copy of this, please contact Anne: 07545 700243 or email: roxtonparishchurch@gmail.com

Organisations and other activities:

Thanks to our great facilities we have successfully run a weekly breakfast club during term time, particularly encouraging young mums, dads, grandparents and anyone who cares to join us to pop in with younger children after dropping their older siblings off at the school.

Other activities include a monthly CAMEO (come and meet each other), also based in church. Occurring monthly too is ‘Outreac h’ but this group meets in the Village Hall at Wyboston and is led by our Lay Reader.

We would be very pleased to see you at any or all of these events.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the church wardens:

Norman Pethybridge – 01234 870335

Anne Cattanach 07545 700243


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Messy Church Easter 2021

On Saturday 27th March, 11 families took part in our 2nd lockdown Messy Church on zoom. The theme was of course Easter and several craft activities were undertaken including making their own palm crosses, patchwork crosses and Easter bunny cups to hold a few chocolate eggs. Rev Graham gave a talk and Mrs Buckle put together a brain teasing quiz! All in all a thoroughly enjoyable morning. Thanks to all those who took part and contributed. 

We are already looking forward to the next one in the autumn when we will hopefully be back in church for it.