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
New members are warmly invited to both our bible study groups:
The Reading the Bible group meets at 63A Holdenhurst Avenue at 2.30pm on alternate Tuesdays. For details, see our notice sheet or contact the Rector.
Frrom time to time we run an evening Bible Study Group. Please see our newsletter for details.
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!
Adult and secondary school-age confirmation classes run once or twice a year. For details, please contact any of the clergy.
The book group currently meets on Zoom. Please contact the Rector for details.
Please see our weekly newsletter for upcoming meetings
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 recently include The Dictionary of Lost Words, Piranesi, A Month in the Country. Everyone is welcome to join us!
St 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 St Paul’s Long Lane, the other founding parish. You can read the school’s admissions policy here.
The 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.
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.
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.
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:
We also support local charities including: Barnet Mencap, Barnet Refugees, North London Hospice, Homeless Action Barnet (HAB), and Livability