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 and is still Harrow's most recognisable landmark. We remain a lively presence in what has become the most religiously diverse borough in the UK.

A message from our Vicar, the Rev'd James Power

​​From Monday 23 March, St Mary's Church has been closed to the public, in common with all other Anglican churches in London as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

We have had to close our doors with heavy hearts, but know that it is vital that we all do our utmost to limit the spread of coronavirus infection.

We are still praying together - spiritually as close as ever, while separated physically - and will continue to find ways of maintaining contact and serving all the people of the parish.

Do you need support or company - or do you know anyone else who does? A visit (where possible); a telephone call; help with shopping etc?

Please do contact us: we are glad to help.

The Church Office is currently closed but we are checking phone and email messages daily.


Email: stmarys.harrow@btinternet.com

Tel: 020 8423 4014 (answerphone: leave your contact details)

With all good wishes,



The JUNE Edition of THE SPIRE here



Recordings of services are available on the Services page of this website.

Sermons and Reflections are available here



In response the the coronavirus pandemic different faith communities from across Harrow have come together to invite a short time of reflection and prayer at 6.00 p.m. on Friday evenings. It is associated with a fundraising initiative for the British Heart Foundation. Further information is available here and the "cut-out" heart for use in your window if you are partaking is available here.



Please be aware that work starts on 23 March to mark out parking bays and install meters on Church Hill. There will be no parking on Church Hill until these works are finished.

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

Thoughts from James

It used to be the case that the Paschal (Easter) Candle would be extinguished during the liturgy of Ascension Day. Modern practice sees the candle burning up until the Feast of Pentecost - Whitsun - to symbolise the fullness of the Resurrection mystery. The Liturgical Calendar follows the timings of St Luke who suggested that there were 40 days of resurrection appearances before Ascension Day and then the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples at Pentecost ten days later; St John, on the other hand, has Jesus breath the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on the evening of the first Easter Day. The reality is that resurrection is a "symphony" in which there are three movements - the glorified, physical resurrection of Jesus, his ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We need all three together to contemplate, reflect upon the depth of the truth of being an "Easter people", baptised into the death of Christ to share in his resurrection.


text © St Mary's Church Harrow on the Hill 2020      images © S Foster & N Ford 2020

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