Terriers Church and Parish
St Francis of Assisi Parish Church
High Wycombe HP13 5AB
Our mission is to build and develop an active Christian community
sharing the gospel of Christ throughout the parish and moving our church from survival to growth
The parish church of St Francis of Assisi, Terriers, owes its existence largely to the generosity of Mrs Henrietta Frances Field. The church building was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and dedicated on 11th October 1930. You can read more about the architect on the website of St Paul Stoneycroft in Liverpool - another church that he designed.
Our church is in Amersham Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on the north-eastern flank of the town. The style of worship is relaxedly catholic, but a warm welcome is extended to Christians of all traditions. Our normal service times are on Sunday at 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. and on Wednesday at 10.00 a.m. Full details of these and other services are in our Diary. Information about getting married in our church is available from our downloads page.
- Family Service: The 10.00 a.m. Parish Communion service is an 'All Age' family service on the first Sunday of each month, when young people and families lead the worship.
- Club Francis: There is a Sunday Club for children aged between three and thirteen years old that meets during the 10.00 a.m. Parish Communion service, except on the first Sunday of each month. More information from the Club Francis contact or there is a brochure available on the Downloads page.
- Young Musicians: On the first Sunday in the month a group of young musicians lead the music at the Parish Communion. They
generally meet at 11:15 on Sundays to practise, and welcome any youngsters who would like to be involved in making music at church, either by playing any instrument or by singing. Contact the Vicar or the Organist for more information.
- Choir: On the remaining Sundays the musical parts of the service are led by a robed choir, which meets in church to practise on Thursday evenings, except during the summer holidays. The sessions normally start at 7.30 p.m., but there is a 7.00 p.m. start when a PCC meeting or service takes place on the same evening. PCC meetings are on the second Thursday of the month and affect the choir from September to January and May to July. More singers are always welcome to join us - contact the Organist for more information.
- Organ: The music is accompanied by our magnificent organ, which has been developed over many years and was dedicated by the Bishop of Buckingham in 2004. You can download a leaflet about the organ, including specifications, from the Downloads page.
- Prayer for Healing: A Prayer Group meets regularly to pray for those who are sick, and the members of this group are available each month (usually on the 4th Sunday) in the side chapel after the 10.00 Parish Communion to pray with anyone who requests it. On four Sundays a year we offer Prayer for Healing (including the laying on of hands or anointing for those who wish) as a regular part of the Parish Communion.
- Julian Group: For those interested in contemplative prayer there is a Julian meeting held in Church on the first and third Monday of each month at 8.00 p.m.
The Parish Magazine: Our Parish Magazine is published ten times a year - monthly, but with combined July/August and December/January editions. You can download current and back-numbers from the website.
Friends of St Francis: A group of people on the Facebook social network who have a special interest in Terriers Church and its activities. You can join the group on its Facebook page.
The parish serves the areas of Terriers and Totteridge, roughly between Brands Hill and King's Wood/Totteridge Common. It includes Highworth County Combined School in Highworth Close and the Royal Grammar School in Amersham Road.
The parish of Terriers is the only traditional Anglican parish within the boundaries of High Wycombe - the rest of the town is served by the churches of the High Wycombe Team Ministry, centred on All Saints Church in the town centre.
The Church Hall
Our hall is a modern, purpose-built resource for the whole community in Terriers and beyond. It is rented by various groups and organisations unconnected with the church, as well as being used for our own events, such as:
- Messy Church: Something for everyone, activities, music, stories, food and fun. 4.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. usually every third Saturday in the month, but not always. The latest schedule is available here.
- Christian Aid Lunch: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m. every Friday during school terms. A simple bread-and-cheese lunch is served, with profits going to support the work of Christian Aid.
- Traidcraft stall: Tea and coffee is served at many church functions, and these come from sources which operate a 'fair trade' policy . We run a Traidcraft stall, selling fairly traded produce, after the Parish Communion.
- Whist Club: On the first and third Thursday of each month there is a 'Whist and Drop-in' social afternoon from 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. All are welcome.
The hall may be rented for public and private functions - contact the Church Hall Secretary for more information.