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. 


St Mary’s Church is open for private prayer on Thursdays 10am to 2pm 

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. A service sheet for Sunday Worship at Home  can be found here.

Worship in Church Resumes

From Sunday 6th September, there will be an 8am and 9:30am service in St Mary's Church (with the 9:30am still being  live-streamed). There will be measures in place to help keep one another safe, including social distancing. The Wednesday 10.00am service in the Bolton chapel has also re-started. With numbers able to attend limited, you are strongly encouraged to prebook for all services by phoning or emailing Debbie Filer on 07541 698235 ( admin@stmarysoldbasing.org.uk ). For more information about what to expect, please see >> here <<. We are working on plans to restart Junior Church too and will have more information soon.  

The liturgy for use at the 9.30am service may be found here.

Revd Dominic will be leading a service of Compline on our Facebook live stream every Thursday at 8.30 pm. You can find the liturgy that will be used here.  

May I encourage you to join us in saying morning prayer and night prayer daily. The readings for morning prayer this week are:

Monday:            2 Kings 21.1-18; 1 Timothy 1:1-17

Tuesday:           2 Kings 22.1-23.3; 1 Timothy 1:18-end of 2

Wednesday:      Isaiah 45:18-end; Luke 6:12-16.

Thursday:          2 Kings 23:36-24:17; 1 Timothy 4

Friday:               2 Kings 24:18-25:12; 1 Timothy 5:1-16


All Souls Memorial Service and Cross

The All Souls Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 1st November at 4.00pm. Further details may be found here. There will also be an opportunity to remember friends and family loved ones who have died by adding a stone to the stone cross being laid outside the church.

Messy Church
As a result of the Covid-19 restrictions this year, we cannot hold the Halloween craft activities that had been planned in the church. Activities to try at home have been put together and further details can be found here.

Remembrance Sunday 8th November

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to hold the usual Remembrance Service this year. A celebration of the Eucharist will take place at 9.30am and the British Legion will hold an Act of Remembrance for Legion members at the War Memorial which will be live-streamed on the church Facebook page. In order to avoid higher numbers than is permissable, members of the congregation are requested to leave promptly after the 9.30 service and to watch the Act of Remembrance online.

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.