St Mary’s is a parish church in the heart of the community. Our life together is centred around our worship which takes place every Sunday and on weekdays. We are an Anglican Church which has witnessed to and served this community for over 800 years. Rooted in the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ, we value the Anglican traditions of thoughtful, exploring faith and building an inclusive community. We are young, old and middling and we hope that everyone will be able to draw closer to God by sharing in our church life.
We are an outward looking church that uses our church and its facilities for the enrichment of our community through a wide variety of cultural events.
We serve the community by supporting local charities with time and talents and we engage with the wider world by our connections in South Sudan and Zimbabwe.
If you are visiting our website for the first time
we hope that you find what you are looking for.
Rev'd James Hutchings
Bishop Richard Harries
Lay Reader Emeritus
PCC Vice Chair, Chair Fabric Committee
PCC Secretary, Deanery Synod
Chair, Kitson Hall Committee, PCC
PCC, Deanery Synod
PCC & Safeguarding Officer
PCC; Gift Aid Secretary
Chair, Friends of St Mary's
Electoral Roll Officer
Director of Music
Tower Captain, Bellringers
Head of Sacristan Team
Church Office & Kitson Hall Manager
Children & Families' Worker
Parochial Church Council
For the congregation of St Mary’s to celebrate the love of God openly and inclusively, and to grow in faith and numbers and in mission.
Revd James Hutchings (Rector)
Steve Cox (Standing Committee)
Fouki Heller (Standing Committee)
Deanery Synod (retire 2024)
Judy Gowing (PCC secretary and Standing Committee)
Retiring in 2023
Retiring in 2024
Peter Boyling (Vice Chairman and Standing Committee)
Michael Ross-McCall (Hon Treasurer and Standing Committee)
Retiring in 2025
Reports & Meetings
The Annual Report and Review is published for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). It gives detailed information on the day-to-day running of the church, its buildings, finances, and its connection with other churches. It also provides a description of each of our groups, giving contact details. Hard copies of the current booklet can be found at the back of the church.
We are extremely grateful to our organisers and members for all their work over the year, which contributes so much to the sense of fellowship which we enjoy at St Mary’s. Many of the groups have individual web pages so please explore the site and find out more of our work locally and within the broader church and community both at home and abroad.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is normally held in April each year. Draft minutes of the most recent meeting, along with earlier minutes, and annual reports can be viewed below.
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Church & Room Hire
The church and its rooms can be available for hire for appropriate events, such as concerts, classes and meetings.
St Mary’s Barnes is the oldest building in Barnes and a beautiful mix of ancient and modern architecture. It is a wonderful venue for musical, dramatic, literary or any type of public event. The seating and church furniture can be moved or altered to many different configurations. We have a Steinway grand piano (use at additional cost including tuning) and a professional sound system which can play CDs and connect to MP3 players. There is also a hearing loop. There are built-in lectern microphones and microphones with stands as well as free-roaming radio mics. A large projection screen is available for use. The church can seat 200 people with scope for additional seating for larger audiences.
The Melvill Room is a ground floor room to the left of the main church. It has a kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, microwave oven, tables and seating. It is suitable for hire as a room on its own or as a reception/catering room for events taking place in the church. It has disabled access via its own outside door. There are nearby toilets with baby changing facilities. Church crockery, cutlery and glasses may be used upon request and for an additional fee.
The Ellerton Room is a first floor room accessed by a spiral staircase above the Melvill Room. It is very suitable as a meeting or classroom with excellent privacy as it can only be accessed via the staircase door. There are nearby toilets with baby changing facilities. Joint hiring of the Melvill Room and Ellerton Room can be very successful when a combination of hospitality and meeting privacy is needed for your event.
The Kitson Room is a first floor room located on the right of the main church. It is a large room used each week mainly for choir practice. It is an open room with no external door but is still suitable for meetings if confidentiality is not an issue. It has an electric keyboard which may be used upon request and for an additional fee.
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Timetable of regular users
|Main Church||Melvill Room (downstairs)||Ellerton Room|
|Monday||8.45 - 9.15am Morning Prayer|
|Tuesday||8.45 - 9.15am Morning Prayer||Tuesday AA Group|
(during July & August)
|Potential Bookkeeping Session
|Wednesday||8.45 - 9.15am Morning Prayer|
Junior Choir & SMB Choir 6.15pm - 9pm
|Junior Choir & SMB Choir 6.15pm - 9pm|
|Thursday||8.45 - 9.15am Morning Prayer|
11.15am Quiet Time
12 - 12.30pm
|Potential Bookkeeping Session
|Friday||8.45 - 9.15am Morning Prayer|
Bellringers 6.30pm - 9.15pm
|Friday AA Group|
12.30 - 3pm
9.30am - 12.30pm
10.30 - 12 noon
Please note our cleaner comes on Tuesday mornings for 2 hours and Friday afternoon for 2 hours.
For information on hiring the Kitson Hall
St Mary’s coffee shop is open every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12.15pm. Join us for home brewed coffee or a welcome cup of tea and a choice of delicious home made cakes. The coffee shop is in the Melvill Room on the left hand side of the main church. All are welcome and the room is easily accessible for those with mobility issues.
The coffee shop is run by a different team of volunteers each week who are raising funds for a charity of their choice. Should you wish to take a turn and raise money in this way for your favourite charity, please email Claire Boyling or ring her on 020 8878 3775.