Welcome to St Mary’s Church – the heart and symbol of Hitchin.
Historians tell us that this was already a place of worship in the year 792, when Offa, King of Mercia, established a Minster Church on this site. Our large and impressive medieval building today dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, and was described by author Simon Jenkins as “the largest and jolliest church in Hertfordshire”.
But the church is more than buildings. It is a community of people who believe in a God of love and are trying to find meaningful ways of living out that love in our homes, at work, with our friends, and in all the communities of which we are a part.
Together in worship we hold before God our joys and our concerns, our anxieties and our moments of liberation. Or as former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, put it so clearly: “The Church is a place where we are invited to look at one another with a kind of veneration, indeed, a kind of contemplation, delighting in the rich possibilities which our brothers and sisters have – and weeping over all those things which distort or block those possibilities”.
If you are passing through Hitchin town centre, or just visiting our town for the day, do come by, sit quietly, say a prayer and light a candle in this beautiful and sacred place.
We are pleased to announce that The Revd. Chris Bunce currently Rector of St Andrew and St George, Stevenage and Rural Dean of Stevenage has been appointed Team Rector of Hitchin with St Paul’s Walden and Preston with special responsibility for St Mary’s Hitchin.
Bishop Michael will take the installation service in St Mary’s on Wednesday 6th November at 7.30pm.
This will be a Team service with all seven churches participating.



8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion
9:35 a.m. – Family Sung Communion (Sunday school during term time apart from Third Sunday)
11:15 a.m.- Holy Communion (BCP)
1st Sunday – Storyteller
3rd Sunday – a service for the whole family.
6:30 p.m. – Sung Evensong (2nd Sunday Choral)(3rd Sunday Evening Prayer)

10:00 a.m.- Holy Communion

12:15 p.m.- Holy Communion




Here at St Mary’s we committed to safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults, for more information click here.