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We are delighted to announce that The Reverend Sarah Richardson, currently Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Barkway, Barley, Reed and Buckland, has been appointed as Rector of The Kingswood Benefice.  This is subject to the completion of the usual legal formalities after which further information will be announced. Meanwhile please remember Sarah and Sam, Daniel, Thomas and William in your prayers as they prepare for the move.


It is likely that she will be able to join us after Easter.

For any information please contact our Churchwarden Karen Pettyfer

For current church services please see the home page of this website as they are updated regularly and published there.

Rushden Church continues to serve as a centre of the village community. Although not very large, it is very welcoming. Inside the Church can be seen a statue of the Virgin Mary sculpted by Percy Portsmouth, who also sculpted his wife's tombstone which can be seen in the graveyard. In the field behind the church, can be seen the house platform to the original medieval manor house.

2022 Rainbow Bike n’ Hike

Bike and Hike done! 32 churches and more than 100km for me and the 5 churches of our Benefice walked by Karen, Mabel and Digby, 20km. Thanks to everyone who sponsored us and if you would like to still contribute please do get in touch!

Steve Pettyfer

St Mary's Rushden Services and Zoom Services

Zoom services are now the first and third Sunday of each month

2nd October

16th October

6th November

20th November

4th December

St Mary's Services

Evensong 3rd Sunday in the month at 6.00pm

Holy Communion 4th Sunday in the month at 10.00am


Monumental Inscriptions

Rushden St Mary

We now have available a colour booklet listing all the gravestones and memorials in Rushden churchyard and the church itself. This has been prepared by Hertfordshire History Society (Hoddesdon group) and also contains a history of the church, a detailed numbered plan of the site with full inscriptions and alphabetical appendix. The booklet also contains similar information for Clothall Church and runs to 65 pages.


Copies are available for £7.00 each either in the church (with honesty envelope) or by post (£7.50) from your Church Warden. Please e mail Karen Pettyfer for details using the link below.


Cheques made payable to PCC of Rushden please 

Help your Church 

Preserving the character of our village is important to all of us who live in Rushden. You may not be a regular church goer but would like to see the church remain open and the building intact. The PCC (Parochial Church Council) have put together a letter and covenant form for you to download here for further information should you like to set up a small standing order. Thank you.

Contact your Church Wardens

Karen and Jo are the church wardens for St Mary's Rushden and will be happy to help with any questions or requests you may have. You can e mail them here:


Statue of the Virgin Mary Sculpted by Percy Portsmouth 

Eva Whitton used her inspiration for the Floral Cross textile from the Spender window which is in the bell tower. The hanging is made from 'silk paper' which she made herself with a gold leather cross in the centre and vignettes of the local wild flowers painted and then outlined in seed beads.


The kneelers were designed and made by the village community. Each one is unique. 

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