Welcome to the United Benefice of Kensworth, Studham and Whipsnade

Part of the North Chilterns Group of Parishes




As last Sunday, this Sunday we will be worshipping both at a 9.00am online service (which also can be accessed any time after the service has finished), and in a service in a church building, this week St. Mary’s Studham, at 10.30am.  

On Thursday evening (May 13th) there will be a benefice celebration of Holy Communion for Ascension Day at St. Mary’s Kensworth at 7.30pm, to which all are welcome.

There will be a retiring collection at church for the people of St Vincent following the volcanic eruption there, which we will carry on for the next few weeks.  St Vincent is part of the Windward Islands, a companion diocese of St Albans for over twenty years, and the Bishop of St Albans is liaising directly with the Bishop and church there to find out how best to direct aid – please give generously.

Thy Kingdom Come, the global wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, begins on Thursday.  Prayer sheets are attached – and you may like to visit Studham Church to tie a prayer ribbon on the porch door...


The pattern for the coming weeks of the services at 10.30am in our buildings is as follows:

May 16th 10.30am at Whipsnade (note the time of 10.30am!)

May 23rd 10.30am at Kensworth

May 30th at 10.30am at Studham

For those coming to the church buildings please remember:

  • we will be following government guidelines on social distancing and all hygiene measures (two metres distance where possible, one metre plus where not, and hand sanitising at the entrance to the building);
  • please wear a face covering if possible;
  • to fill in the pews from the front (this may mean that you can’t sit in your ‘usual pew’! Please follow directions from a benefice churchwarden);
  •  to leave from the door nearest to you (which may be the priest door in the chancel);
  • conversation after (or before) the service must take place outside the building

I attach both our KSW WorshipLink which you can use for Home Church by yourself, and also, for those who can access YouTube, orders of service for use with the online provision.  This week we are inviting you to worship again using the service for Rogationtide at 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRC7QJFVV2Q .

On Ascension Day (Thursday May 13th) the Eucharist is at 


Sixth Sunday of Easter / Rogation – May 9th

9.00am Rogation Service (order of service attached)


Ascension Day – May 13th

Holy Communion for Ascension Day (order of service attached)


All our previous recorded and live-streamed services are still available on Nicola Lenthall’s YouTube channel.  The orders of service and hymns were sent out at the time.


Please see our basic Safeguarding policy.

About Us

The churches of St Mary the Virgin, Kensworth, St Mary the Virgin, Studham and St Mary Magdalene, Whipsnade are in the Deanery of Dunstable in the Diocese of St Albans.

Our Vicar is the Reverend Nicola Lenthall.

T: 01582-872223

E: revnicolalenthall@btinternet.com


For more information about our churches please use the link above.

To visit us

Kensworth Church:

Church End, LU6 3RA


Studham Church:

Church Road, LU6 2NW


Whipsnade Church:

The Green, LU6 2LL