The medieval church of St Wendreda is located at the South end of the town and is a Bible-based Christ-centred fellowship with an Evangelical background - worship life is warm and informal.
We hold an 11.00am service on a Sunday where we actively encourage parents to bring their children (of any age) - nobody worries if children walk around or make a noise!
On the first Sunday of the month the children stay in the church for the whole service, for the rest of the Sundays they can go over to the church hall for Sunday school.
We actively encourage members of the congregation to take part in the service including volunteers reading the lessons and doing the prayers.
St Wendreda's Church
… to bring Christ to the community and the community to Christ
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Rev'd Ruth Clay moved to March in September 2022...
Hi! I am Ruth, the Team Vicar and Team Leader in Mission in March, based at St Wendreda's. We moved over in Summer 2022 from the West Midlands and are really enjoying life in the Fens.
Steve, my husband and I have 3 grown up children, 1 married abroad and 2 currently living at home - one at work, the other at 6th form College in Cambridge.
In my previous life, I have worked in a combination of community & youthwork, charity work, teaching and training for 30+ years, including being Head of a pupil referral unit enabling young people to flourish and learn. I also worked building partnerships between churches in the Diocese of Lichfield before training for ordained ministry. This background has given me great experiences to inform my life and work.
I trained with St Mellitus College (North West) in Liverpool Cathedral and in a context-based placement in Tamworth, Staffordshire and went on to complete a degree in Theology, Ministry & Mission at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham.
I am passionate about down-to-earth mission and empowering and enabling everyone to play their part. I love family and food, creative arts, travelling and serving God in the everyday stuff of life.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
We welcome both children and adults for baptism at St Wendreda's, as well as couples for marriage.
St Wendreda's is famous for its beautiful double hammer beam angel roof, the donors of which are reputed to be William and Alice Dredeman about the year 1500. In all there are approximately one hundred and twenty angels and 19 canopied saints and martyrs in the roof. The complete assembly was made by the Rollesbury brothers at Bacton in Norfolk between 1523 and 1526. The roof is thought by experts to be the finest example of its kind, only a few remain in East Anglia. The roof honours God and also his servant Wendreda Peacemaker of March who died at the settlement in the late seventh century and was enshrined in the Saxon building.
The font is very interesting as the bowl dates from between 1100 and 1150; it was originally square, though now is octagonal. The pulpit which is comparatively recent is beautifully carved. The comparatively modern chancel was built in the second half of the nineteen century, it replaces an older one which was in a very poor state of repair.
At the west end of the nave is the memorial erected by the people of March in memory of the Australian World War 2 Pilot Officer Jim Hocking. He ordered his crew to bail out, whilst he remained at the controls of his stricken plane, sacrificing his life on the 28 July 1944 aged 21 years, steering the plane away from the town.
Situated right next door to the Church, St Wendreda's hall is a newly-built, extensive building with a series of ground and first floor rooms, suitable for all kinds of groups and functions. A large community space, perfect venue for any sized celebrations such as birthday parties, meetings, groups, dance classes, children's clubs and much more!
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