Steeped in history, St Mary’s today is home to a loving and caring Christian community made up of all ages and backgrounds that seeks to serve God in the wider community of Lychpit and Old Basing. 


At this time of crisis when extra effort must be made to keep each other safe, Public Worship is once again suspended. St Mary’s Church, however, will remain open daily for private prayer. The opening times are 11.30am to  4.00pm on Sunday and 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday.

Please respect all social distancing notices, both inside and outside the church, and use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the building. Please note that at this time the toilets will remain closed. 


A number of our services are being live-streamed on our Facebook Page ‘St Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit.’ Please do join us there.


May I encourage you to join us in saying morning prayer and night prayer daily. 

Morning Prayer will be live-streamed on Facebook at 9.15am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday Morning Prayer will be on Zoom at 10.00am. If you do not already receive the Church Bulletin please contact Debbie Filer for details. This will include information on Zoom.

The readings for Morning Prayer this week are:

Monday: Jeremiah 7:21-end;  John 6:41-51 
Tuesday: Jeremiah 8:1-15;  John 6:52-59
Wednesday: Jeremiah 8:18-9:11;  John 6:60-end
Thursday: Jeremiah 9:12-24;  John 7:1-13 
Friday: Jeremiah 10:1-16;  John 7:14-24
Saturday: Jeremiah 10:17-24;  John 7:25-36

If you would like to donate to St Mary's, please follow this link. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a way to bring prayer and worship into people's homes, called 'Daily Hope'. It was launched today, and offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line which is available 24 hours a day can be called free on 0800 804 8044

We continue to be a collection point for the Foodbank. The collection crate for the foodbank is now located in the vicarage porch. The vicarage is on the corner of Church Lane and Milkingpen Lane. If you are able to donated any items at this time, we would be very grateful. Items currently required can be found here


The church is currently working with the local council and operating as a local emergency support hub for those in need at this time. If you need to contact me for anything at all please do not hesitate to pick up the phone or send an email. 


If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive our weekly news email, do contact Debbie admin@stmarysoldbasing.org.uk  A consent form to allow us to contact you can be found here.


All of you are in my prayers, 

Reverend Heather


07745 731729


“For God has said, ‘I will not leave you or forsake you’ so we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’.” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

 Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

The diocese have sent out a link to a poster from the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board. This gives information about keeping safe if offered support while self-isolating. You can view the poster here


Cremated remains area

Regular inspections of the Cremated Remains Area take place and faded flowers removed. 

In addition prohibited items are removed, these can be retrieved on application to the Church Administrator.