St Agnes Church, Bedbury Lane, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Lovely St Agnes Church nestles beneath Tennyson Down in the beautiful Freshwater Bay area of West Wight, close to the historic Orchards Grocery store and the ever popular Piano Cafe.
Whilst the always welcoming, regular congregation of St Agnes is small, a service is held most Sundays, often at 6pm and more often than not, with the choir present. Even with the smallest of congregations, the sound of the choir and the organ at evensong and evening communion is beautiful.
Everyone is welcome at St Agnes, whether you want to join us in worship, sit and listen to a service or even just to take some time to sit quietly in the Church and listen to the sounds of the sea and the countryside.
The church is open everyday for visitors and prayers and quiet contemplation.
Please note that services are temporarily suspended due to floors repair works – we hope that services will resume in early December.
1st Sunday – no service
2nd Sunday – 6pm Evening Prayer
3rd Sunday – 8am Morning Prayer
4th Sunday – 6pm Holy Communion
5th Sunday – varied – please check
PLEASE FIND A CALENDAR OF SERVICES FOR ST AGNES AND ALL SAINTS CHURCHES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOME PAGE
A Prayer For St Agnes
Eternal God, shepherd of your sheep, whose child Agnes was strengthened to bear witness in her living and her dying to the true love of her redeemer, grant us the power to understand with your saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love that surpasses knowledge, even Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the holy spirit, one God, now and forever.
A Brief History
This much loved church is dedicated to St Agnes of Rome who, as a young girl was murdered by the Romans for refusing to deny her Christian faith.
The church was built in 1908 and funded by public subscription, to enable the residents and visitors to Freshwater Bay to worship in a dignified building. It was built on land donated by Hallam, Lord Tennyson and is built of stone rubble from a demolished farmhouse (the south transept has a quoin dated 1694).
It is the only thatched church on the Isle of Wight and was dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester on 12th August 1908.
If you’d like to know more about St Agnes Church then look out for Roy Burton’s ‘A Brief History’ when you visit the Church.