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


Roxton Church Easter Messy Church

We held a very successful and enjoyable Easter themed messy church on Saturday 13th April attended by 40 children, parents and grandparents. There were lots of crafts and activities including Easter cards, egg box crosses, lolly stick chicks, Easter bunny masks and miniature Easter gardens. We even had a team, led by Norman Pethybridge, making a life size Easter garden! Children, parents (and the vicar!) were very creative.

Rev Graham led everyone in prayer and a telling of the Easter story after which everyone sat down to a jacket potato lunch.

Many thanks go to Yvonne, who not only prepared all the lunch but also made a Simnel cake for a ‘guess the weight’ competition. This was won by Helen Leonard who guessed the correct weight of 3lb 1oz. Not bad for a midwife!!!!

Thanks also to Norman Keightley for keeping us supplied with tea and coffee and also to Jenny Keightley, Mrs Nunn and Michelle and Emily Green for helping with the activities. Lastly a big thank you to everyone who came!