The parish church of central Finchley
26 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London N3 1TR

Join us in church on Sundays at 8am & 10am, or online at 7pm

UPDATE: many of our community events have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Please check with the relevant group contacts, or the church administrator, for more details.

Our community isn’t just our Sunday congregations but the many different groups connected to our church, as well as our links with local schools, associations, and charities in Finchley and throughout the world.



“Good people all that hear us ring / be faithful to your God and king.”
—inscription on St Mary’s treble bell (1770).

St Mary-at-Finchley has a full ocave of eight bells, with the oldest dating from 1770. Our band of bell ringers practices on Friday evenings (7-9pm) and rings before the Sunday eucharist (9.30-10am), as well as for some special services. New and returning ringers are welcome!

Contact: Daniel Griffith

Bible Study

Reading the Bible group (Wednesdays)

Update: at the present time, the bible study group takes place on Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesdays. For details, contact Richard Magrath

New members are warmly invited to both our bible study groups:

The Reading the Bible group meets at 2 Victoria Avenue at 3pm on alternative Wednesdays. For details, see our notice sheet or contact Richard Magrath.

The evening Bible Study Group meets at on alternative Wednesdays. For details, please contact Claire Disbrey or the church administrator.

Theology, Study and Discussion

Seeking God

Update: Seeking God now takes place on Zoom. Please contact us for details on how to access this.

We believe it is important to discuss the implications of the Christian faith for our everyday lives, and the St Mary’s Discussion Group is a perfect place to do this. It meets roughly monthly at Fair City, 25B Ravensdale Avenue, North Finchley, with a subject that is determined by the group at the end of each previous meeting. There is a stable core of regular participants, but people are welcome to drop in to the group whenever the advertised subject interests them. Recent subjects we have discussed include how to pray, Christian responses to poverty and hunger in our society, how we might support Christians and other minorities in places of persecution, and approaches to other faiths. The group’s discussion options and opinions are as broad as its participants, so why not come along and ponder with us!

Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds is a series of short talks on the bible and theology on Wednesdays at 11.30am in church, following the 11am communion service. It usually takes place on alternate months; for details, please contact Richard Magrath.

You can hear recordings of some previous Hearts and Minds talks here.

Confirmation class

Adult and secondary school-age confirmation classes run once or twice a year. For details, please contact Rev’d Philip.

Book Group

Update: the book group currently meets on Zoom. Please contact Richard Magrath for details.

Next book group meeting: 7.30pm, Tuesday 29th September, discussing Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

St Mary’s book group meets every second month to read and discuss classic novels and to learn from them about our Christian faith. Books we have read so far include Crime and PunishmentExcellent Women, and Gilead. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Local Schools

stmarysSt Mary’s Primary and Nursery School was founded in 1812 and has served the people of Finchley ever since. We have strong links with our parish school: many of our young children go there and the parish clergy arefrequent visitors. The Rector of St Mary-at-Finchley is an ex officio Governor of the school, along with the Vicar of StPaul’s Long Lane, the other founding parish. You can read the school’s admissions policy here.

wren academyThe Wren Academy is a Secondary School, sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools, which opened in 2008 in North Finchley. Many children from St Mary’s Primary School go on to The Wren. Clergy of the Central Barnet Deanery (a network of local Church of England churches) go in to The Wren regularly to celebrate the Eucharist in the school chapel.

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Walking Group

The Walking Group meet approximately once a month during the warmer seasons, on Saturdays and Sundays. Past walks have included parts of the South Downs and the Thames Circular. For details, please contact Nick Upton or the church administrator.

Homeless Action Barnet (HAB) and the Winter Night Shelter

St Mary’s is proud to support Homeless Action Barnet (HAB) among other charities.

Since 2002, St Mary’s has worked with other churches under the auspices of Together In Barnet to provide a winter night shelter for homeless people in the borough. This is only possible due to the efforts of up to 50 volunteers to provide food and hospitality; more volunteers are always welcome! We see this as putting our Christian faith in action.

Mission Giving

St Mary-at-Finchley supports a number of charities through its mission giving.

In 2021, members of the parish gave short talks on some of the charities supported:

Spurgeon’s (Nigel Wildish)

Together in Barnet winter night shelter (Penny Igoe)

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice (Gladys Vendy)

Citizen’s Advice Barnet (June Nash)

Our other charitable links include:

  • USPG: Anglicans in World Mission (from 2012)
  • The Russian Orthodox Churches of the Church of the Epiphany, St Petersburg and St Alexander Nevsky, Krasnoe Selo (from 2005)
  • The Anglican Diocese of Butere in Kenya (from 1980s)
  • Limapela;
  • Iraqi Christians in Need.

We also support local charities including: Barnet Mencap, Barnet Refugees, North London Hospice, Homeless Action Barnet (HAB), and Livability


Mission Action Plan

APCM report 2021

St Mary at Finchley Accounts 2021

Open Door March 2022