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
Dorothy Blackburn, 01582-872670
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.
Can’t get to the Sistine Chapel?! Then why not chalk up a different cultural milestone... this year St. Mary’s Kensworth is proud to be hosting a performance of J. S. Bach’s famous ‘Goldberg Variations’ on the instrument for which it was originally composed, the harpsichord; played by Adrian Lenthall, known to many of you already through his performances in London and locally. One famous writer on music has said, “What the ‘Goldbergs’ really bring to the listener is a world of experience otherwise unknown”. We invite you to a summer’s evening of sparkling delight, followed by a glass of sparkling wine on Saturday 28th July at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Kensworth, Church End, Kensworth, LU6 3RA. Tickets are £15 for adults, £5 for under-18s only in advance and available now from revnicolalenthall@ btinternet.com or (01582) 872223. Book early to avoid disappointment!
On Sunday May 6th we celebrated our May Festival with a special Holy Communion followed by the crowning of the May Queen and activities in the churchyard. See images below.
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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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.
For more information about our churches please use the link above.
Church End, LU6 3RA
Church Road, LU6 2NW
The Green, LU6 2LL