St Mary's, the Church of England parish church of Kensworth, is at the heart of what was once the hub of the village, and it remains one of the main spiritual and emotional centres of the community. Its setting is a remarkable haven of tranquility and timeless contemplation. The church itself was mainly built in the early 1100s (from which time dates the distinctive herringbone flint work of the walls), with a later tower.


For reasons of security and insurance, the church has to be kept locked when not in use, but you can still enjoy the beautiful churchyard and the exterior of the building. A key is kept locally and directions to it are displayed in the porch.











Reverend Nicola Lenthall, 01582-872223



Lay Minister:

Dorothy Blackburn, 01582-872670



John Maryan 01582-872291

Barrie Huggins 01582-607841



Services are usually held every Sunday at 10.30am. Please check the list of services on the main church page.


A recent development is a form of liturgy called Music and Word which originated in this church. Read more about it here.


May Day Celebrations with the crowning of the May Queen is on Sunday 6th May in the church and churchyard. After the 10.30am Holy Communion, we will be crowning the May Queen who will then open the festivities in the churchyard at about 11.30am. There will be a barbecue, hot and cold drinks, stalls, games and a repeat Fun Dog Show. For further information, or to help with planning the event, please contact Jo Cook on 01582-871110.


Music & Word, our occasional opportunity for meditative spirituality, returns in May with Fire of Love, a meditation for Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. Music & Word is influenced by age-old Judaeo-Christian themes, but links them with creative work by women and men of diverse faiths and none. Fire and Love is on Sunday 20th May at 4.00pm.

These hardy souls made it to the Christingle Service on foot or by sledge on Sunday 10th December. Also present was Chris Lenthall who took these photographs.

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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



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