Welcome to St Mary’s

church welcomeWelcome to the website of the Church of St Mary the Virgin Ware. We are an open and lively church community, worshipping in a beautiful historic building in the centre of Ware.

This website will introduce you to St Mary’s, our worship, the building, the St Mary’s community, and upcoming events and activities.

The church building is open daily from 9am until 3pm. Guide booklets and information are available to help you explore the building, and there is often someone around to chat with. There are plenty of little corners for private prayer and reflection, with places to light a candle, leave a prayer request, read the bible, and sit quietly and contemplate. The sacrament is reserved in the Lady Chapel.

As you enter, on the left there is a bookstall for you to browse – and buy from. There are even some comfortable chairs if you want to sit and read what you have found.

Come on in…

Coming Up…

Saturday 15th July
Summer Fayre
10am-12.30pm in the Church and Churchyard
Come and join us!

Abbey Gateway Orchestra and East Herts Church Choirs Association present Guilmant’s 1st Organ Symphony. Advance tickets before 30th June £10, after £12. Contact Celia Higson or www.abbeygateway.org for details.

Exhibition – Christening through the times at St Mary’s

We are planning an exhibition in Ware Museum with the theme ‘Christening through the Times at St. Mary’s”. We are looking for items to feature such as Christening robes/gowns/outfits, also photographs taken in church/around the font both of adults and children. Christening certificates also required. Please contact Derek Day 01920 462254 (Deadline 30th July).

St Mary the Virgin

This church is named for Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was the young, unmarried, woman God called to be the mother of his son. St Luke’s Gospel tells us the story of Mary’s call in chapter 1, verses 26 – 56

Life events and special services

Please follow the links here to find out more about baptisms, weddings, confirmation, funerals and memorial services


Some key dates to note in the next few weeks:

  • Saturday 15th July, 10am Summer Fayre
  • Saturday 15th July, 7:30pm Guilmant’s 1st Organ symphony
  • Saturday 23rd July, 12 noon Parish Lunch BBQ
  • Monday 24th July, 7:30pm Ware & Hertford District Guide Trefoil Guild Opening Evening

For the calendar for this week please click here

For this week’s church notice sheet please click here


We are always looking for new ways to raise funds to keep this church running and for special causes. In line with this we have become an Amazon affiliate. Which means that if you are considering buying something online through Amazon and if you go there from our site (by clicking the image) en-route to your purchase, The church will receive a small percentage of the price paid. It will not affect the price you pay.