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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. 


Public Worship in the church building has resumed. By attending a service in church you confirm that you do not have any symptoms of Covid (new cough, loss of smell, or fever), that you are not currently required to self isolate, and that you will follow covid secure measures of wearing a face covering (unless exempt), maintaining 2m social distancing. 

Online services are live-streamed on our Facebook Page ‘St Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit’ and are uploaded later to our YouTube channel. Please do join us there.

Further details are given in the Weekly Bulletin, if you do not receive this please contact our Administrator, Debbie, for details.


St Mary’s Church remains open daily for private prayer. The opening times are 11.30am to  4.00pm on Sunday and 10.00am to 3.00pm 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. 



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 and Friday. Morning Prayer on Thursday is said in the Bolton Chapel. Holy Communion takes place on Wednesday at 10am in the Bolton Chapel (also live-streamed). 

The readings for Morning Prayer this week are:
Monday Ezekiel 14:12-end 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, and his sister Macrina 
Tuesday Ezekiel 18:1-20 2 Corinthians 11:16-end Margaret of Antioch; Bartolomé de las Casas 
Wednesday Ezekiel 18:21-32 2 Corinthians 12  
Thursday 1 Samuel 16:14-23 Luke 8:1-3 Mary Magdalene
Friday Ezekiel 20:21-38 James 1:1-11 Bridget of Sweden
Saturday Ezekiel 24:15-end James 1:12-end  

If you would like to donate to St Mary's, please visit our Give A Little page to make a one-off online donation by credit/debit card. For regular giving, we are registered with the Parish Giving Scheme and you can set up a Direct Debit online or by phone on 0333 002 1260 (Parish Code 416004181). Please consider adding Gift Aid if you are able to, this increases the amount we receive at no extra cost to you.
In church we encourage cashless donations and have a 'Goodbox' for donations by contactless cards (note the amount can be changed from the default amount). 

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.