Our Vision


We want to be a welcoming church for the 21st century, offering a place for people to encounter God in their lives.

Whilst retaining the character of our historic building with some simple changes, we can create an exciting space for worship, pilgrimage, music and the arts. Please support our '2023 and Beyond' appeal.

Reopening of St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden

St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden will reopen for public worship on Sunday, May 5th. This will mark the completion of the first phase of our 2023 and Beyond Project. The major remaining element is the redecoration of the church. We hope to do the redecoration in the autumn, if we can raise the remaining funds in time. To help us make that happen and contribute to our appeal plase visit https://www.greathampden.org.uk/project.  

Great Hampden '2023 and Beyond' Project Update

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Work is beginning.
Help us raise the last £60,000 to finish the job!

We have reached an important milestone in the Great Hampden ‘2023 and Beyond’ Project. Thanks to generous donations, pledges, grants, and fund raising we have now raised a total of £235,000.
This means we can proceed with the main phase of the works.

Work has begun in the North Aisle immediately, but public worship will continue in church until Christmas, albeit with some disruption.

After Christmas the church building will close to public worship for a period of about 12 weeks whilst the main works take place. (Details of rearranged worship will follow.)
During this closure the floor and ramp works will take place in the nave, and the new lighting, heating, and audio systems will be installed.

After that we will be left with repairs to the stonework and the floor in the chancel, and the restoration of decorative stonework and redecoration throughout the church for the first time in almost a century.

We are now actively fundraising for the final £60,000 needed to finish the job. If we can reach our total before March 2024 we can roll the works on into the main phase. This means we will save money and get the job done before the first wedding of 2024 in May.
If not, we will continue to fund-raise and plan to close the church again for these works to take place in the autumn/winter of 2024.

Please help us reach our target of £60,000 as quickly as possible so we can get the job done. HOW CAN YOU HELP? Go to www.greathampden.org.uk/project.
Please can you make a commitment to support our appeal with a monthly pledge for the next three years?
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'2023 And Beyond' Project

Please can you make a commitment to support our appeal with a monthly pledge for the next three years?

Please use our Project Prayer in your own prayers as part of your support:

Living God, we bless you because you make your dwelling place the hearts of your faithful people. In your abundant love bless us with the gifts we need to be faithful stewards of St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden. Help us to realise our vision for the future of our church. May we always be mindful of the coming kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, now and forever. Amen.

What's been Achieved So Far?

  • Newly built, fully accessible toilet block with baby changing facilities.
  • Added kitchen facilities to serve refreshments to all visitors.

What's Still to be Done?

  • Upgrade the sound system and AV equipment
  • Relight the interior of the church
  • Improving the heating and stabilise the floor tiles
  • Sympathetic redecoration and cleaning of stonework
  • Open up the chancel space

The Benefits

  • A restored building, improved by sensitive redecoration
  • A well-lit, warmer, more comfortable and accessible church
  • Sensitive creation of space in the chancel for worship and concerts
  • Architectural and historical features enhanced and made more visible
  • Our church continues to be a significant place in people’s lives and the community for generations to come
  • Enabling a place of meeting between God and his people

What we'll be Able to Offer

  • Continue our popular Sunday services
  • Welcome the wider community by continuing to host weddings and baptisms
  • We have a rich tradition of musical events including our popular chamber music concerts which we will be able to host in a unique and flexible space
  • Offer educational events to make the most of the church's special historical connection with John Hampden the Patriot
  • Offer a space for spiritual exploration, retreats and cultural events

We are passionate about keeping the church community alive and welcome you to join us on our journey.

Please download our leaflet, and use it to make a donation. Please help us today!