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The Friends of St. Mary’s was formed in 1996 with the objective of helping to preserve the heritage of St. Mary’s Church and its churchyard for future generations.

Link to Building Restoration and Development

Our Aims Are:

  • To foster an interest in St. Mary’s church as an historic building and
  • To assist financially in the preservation, maintenance and adornment of the church and its surroundings.

Recent Projects Funded by the Friends of St. Mary’s include:

  • 1998 Lighting in Lady Chapel
  • 1999 Renovation of Wall Memorials
  • 2000 Restoration of Tower Clock
  • 2003 Renovation of 1737 Thomas Warne Pipe Organ
  • 2004 Restoration and Repair of Porch to Lady Chapel
  • 2008 Installation of new loft insulation and access walkways to roof (during high-level deathwatch treatment)
  • 2008 New ‘Celebration of Christ’ Stained Glass Window to Chancel

These aims can only be achieved through raising money to help fund major repairs and renovations when necessary. Our main source of income is through membership fees, a 200 club, donations, legacies and fund-raising events, such as BBQs, concerts, garden parties and coffee mornings.

Our Vision
“A people and place of
God’s presence and peace”
Our Services


  • 8.45am: Holy Communion.
  • 10.15am: All Age Worship/Holy Communion/Morning Worship/Baptisms.
  • 4.00pm: “The 4” – Starts with coffee and cake, moves into a time of contemporary worship, teaching, discussion, praying for each other and seeing what God does.
  • 6.00pm: Service at one of the churches in the Benefice.


  • 10.00am: Holy Communion with Prayer.

1st Wednesday of the Month

  • 8.30am: Newent and Area Prayer Focus.

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Our Mission
  • Worshipping God – So we aim to be Vibrant, Joyful, Modern, Recognising our traditions.
  • Serving the Community – So we aim to be Loving, Caring, Comforting, Compassionate, Non-judgemental.
  • Sharing Faith – So we aim to be Nurturing, Making Disciples, Reaching Out, Active in the community, Supporting Mission.
  • Sharing Christian Values – So we aim to be God-centred, Bible based, Where people matter, Inclusive.

Becoming a Friend of St. Mary’s

Membership is open to all who have an interest in furthering the aims and objectives of the Friends with a minimum annual fee of just £5 for individuals, £8 for families and £50 for life membership.

For more information contact our Secretary, Hilary Davison on 01531 820 240.

Charity Commission Registration: 1052908.


Mr. Fred Passant,
4 Glebe Close,
Newent. GL18 1BQ

Acting Chair

Rev. Simon Mason

Hon. Treasurer

Mr. Paul Reynaert,
Kingscott Dix & Company,
60 Kings Walk,
Gloucester. GL1 1LA

Acting Secretary

Mrs Caroline Grewcock