St Mary the Virgin, Wendens Ambo
Address: St Mary the Virgin, Church Path, Wendens Ambo CB11 4JZ
Phone: Susan Watson 07776 253449
Are you new to the church? If so, you are very welcome!
Our church welcomes all those seeking a spiritual environment to worship God. You may attend services, a christening, wedding or funeral or find a place for quiet contemplation.
Wendens Ambo Church is lovingly maintained by a large number of volunteers. Teams of volunteers look after the churchyard maintenance, flower arranging, and cleaning.
January 2021 Update to Sunday services during COVID-19 lockdown:
Owing to the current levels of Coronavirus and nationwide lockdown, the CamVillages churches are only meeting together via Zoom at 10am each Sunday until further notice. On the 3rd Sunday of the month, iChurch (the all-age family service from Great Chesterford) will be held by Zoom where possible. There are also services from St Mary’s, Saffron Walden which are broadcast via YouTube which you are welcome to watch. Please see our "This Week" page to find out more details about current events.
Our normal pattern of services is as follows:
First Sunday Family Service
Second Sunday Holy Communion
Third Sunday Morning Prayer
Fourth Sunday Family Communion
Fifth Sunday Sung Matins with full choir
We aim to provide a very warm welcome to visitors.
Our Church History
Wendens Ambo Church, formerly of Great Wenden, is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin and is one of the most interesting churches in north-west Essex. It consists of a chancel with organ chamber, an aisled nave, a south porch and a western tower. The vestry in the western end of the south aisle, is unusually positioned.
The first church on the site was probably constructed of wood, perhaps as early as the eighth century, but no trace of it remains. It seems to have been rebuilt in stone about the time Domesday Book was written (1086 A.D.) with later additions in the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th centuries.
The church register of Great Wenden commenced in 1540. After Volume 2, which was the register of Little Wenden until 1662, the two parishes were united as Wendens Ambo (meaning "both Wendens").
In the 19th century Lord Braybrooke gifted land and a hall neighbouring the church to enable an extension to the ancient churchyard. The hall was extensively modernised in 2007 and is managed for use by a variety of active village interest groups and activities. To find out more about our church's history click here