Welcome to the Church of St Mary, Harrow on the Hill:

a place of peace and prayer for all people for over 900 years.



Welcome, and thank you for visiting us.

St Mary's Church has been ministering to the community of Harrow for over 900 years. Today, St Mary's is not only Harrow's most recognisable landmark; we also remain a lively presence in what has become the most religiously diverse borough in the UK. With this in mind, our Peace Chapel is open daily, as a special space for people of any faith or none to use for prayer and meditation.

This year marks 925 years since this building was consecrated by St Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury. Find out more about our celebrations and other events at St Mary's here.

  St Mary's day by day
events for the week ahead...
Sun 1 Dec: 1st Sunday of Advent
​8 am
​​Holy Communion (traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer)
​10.30 am
Sung Parish Eucharist
6 pm
Service of Carols and Readings for Advent
at Harrow School Chapel
Mon 2 Dec:
​​5 pm
​Paiwand session for young refugees
​7.30 pm
Tower bellringing practice
​Tue 3 Dec:
9 am - 2 pm
Parish Office open
7.45 pm
Handbell ringing practice
Wed 4 Dec:
12 noon
Said Holy Communion
Traditional service (Book of Common Prayer)
​7.30 - 8.30 pm
Pilates (weekly classes, in the Church Room)
​Thu 5 Dec:     
9 am - 2 pm
Parish Office open
6.30 pm
Choir practice
Curious about choral singing? Have a chat with our music director, Tim Smith!
Fr i 6 Dec:
10 - 11.30 am
Our friendly "Tots on the Hill" parent and toddler group meets in the Church Room.
Sat 7 Dec:
10 am - noon
St Mary's gardening group meets for its monthly session. Fancy some gentle exercise with satisfying results and good company? Come and find us in the churchyard!
Sun 8 Dec: 2nd Sunday of Advent
​8 am
​​Holy Communion (traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer)
9.30 - 9.50 am
First Steps service for our youngest church members and their families: short and sweet, comprising two songs, a story and simple prayers!
10.30 am
Sung Parish Eucharist
6 pm
Evensong (said service except for the 3rd Sun of the month when we celebrate Choral Evensong)

Check our calendar of events here for information about lots of lovely happenings, including special services, concerts and all sorts of social gatherings.

Latest News
15 Dec, 10.30 am
Our Sunday School Nativity + Christingle service: unmissable fun and heartfelt delight!
21 Dec, 10 am - 1 pm
Decorating St Mary's Church for Christmas
Our fantastic team of flower arrangers transform St Mary's ahead of our carol service. If you would like to help, please contact Lynne via our Parish Office.
21 Dec, 10 am - 4 pm 
Spire Cafe
Our popular monthly pop-up cafe opens, with a menu including soup, toasties, cakes, scones and more: all homemade. Full info on the cafe's own website.
22 Dec, 6 pm
Carol Service by candlelight: traditional service of 9 lessons & carols, featuring St Mary's Choir, organ, brass band and handbell ringers.
24 Dec, 10 am - 3 pm
Carolling at Morrisons
Members of St Mary's Choir and friends will be carolling in the Harrow (Trident Point) branch of Morrisons. If you'd like to come and sing or help collect donations, email Sarah via Spire Cafe.

​Messages or queries for St Mary's?
Please contact our Parish Office here.
The office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thoughts from Father James

A message for Advent

As we enter Advent and cross the threshold of a new Church year, we find ourselves looking to the future and the past. 

It is an apt time to remember that we are part of the Church - not only of the the Diocese but also the Church across the world and across the ages.

text © St Mary's Church Harrow on the Hill 2019      images © S Foster & N Ford 2019

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