St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary the Virgin

St. Mary's Church, Tunstead shrouded in Mist

Photo courtesy: Brokentako

Tunstead has been a place where local people have worshipped before the Norman Conquest and the current church itself dates back to c. 1327. St Mary the Virgin stands slightly away and to the North-East of Market Street (the main street through Tunstead) although, paradoxically, is situated in the centre of the village boundary.

St. Mary's Church, TunsteadThe church is still active and St. Mary’s has a dedicated community within the village who come together for worship and reflection as well as holding various events such as the Annual Flower Festival. The church continues to host weddings.

History of the Church

Simon Knot’s website contains an excellent description of Tunstead Church and the history of Tunstead’s St. Mary the Virgin church and it’s Rood Screens can also be found here.


The church of St Mary the Virgin, Tunstead, provides a focus for worship and private devotion. The church is part of the Wroxham benefice. Services are rotated around the churches in the area. Below are the regular services held at St Mary’s, Tunstead.

Group Sung Eucharist (Holy Communion)

  •  First Sunday of the month. 11:00 am – Tunstead, conducted by the Rev. Liz Jump Rector of Wroxham.


  • Third Sunday of the month – Tunstead, conducted by the Rev. Liz Jump and Rev. Tracy Jessop.

Evensong starts at 3:30pm in winter, and 6:30pm in Summer.

Benefice Communion

  •  The Wroxham Benefice web site has information regarding the services, and can be found on Wroxham Benefice

Everyone from the benefice is invited to this service, please try to come.

Easter Service 2020

St. Mary’s, Tunstead hosts the Easter Vigil service, this year.

Holy Saturday 12th April 7.30pm

The Easter Vigil and First Communion of Easter with the lighting of the Easter Fire, renewal of Baptismal Vows and the lighting of the Paschal Candle.

Carol Service 2019

Saturday 21st December 2019 at 6:30pm

A celebration of Christmas with carols and readings.

There will be seasonal refreshments and wine and soft drinks.

The collection is in aid of the Children’s Hospice, Quidenham and the Children’s Society.

For more information please see the board outside the church.

Please note: There is other services held at churches nearby, such as:

  • St Mary, Wroxham
  • St Peter, Hoveton
  • St John, Hoveton
  • St Peter, Belaugh


Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Church of St. Mary's, Tunstead

The church is licensed for the solemnization of Christian Marriage and welcomes the opportunity to share in celebrating the birth or baptism of a child. To commemorate these or to arrange a funeral please use the following contact details.

Contact Details

To contact the churchwarden or for details of other contacts for St. Mary’s church please refer to the Church of England Diocese of Norwich page for Tunstead.

Or to contact:
Mrs Barbara Wharton 01603 738958
Mr John Carter 01692 536380

Services held locally 

When there are no services held at St Mary’s Church, Tunstead, other churches in the Wroxham benefice will welcome the parishioners of Tunstead to their churches. Services held locally at:

  • St Mary’s, Wroxham
  • St Peter, Hoveton
  • St John, Hoveton
  • St Peter, Belaugh

Other church services held in the area are:

St Bartholomew’s Church, Sloley
Sung Eucharist

St Mary’s Church, Worsted
1st Sunday of the month – All age act of Worship – 9:15am
3rd Sunday of the month – Holy Communion – 9:15am

The Wroxham Benefice

St Mary’s Church, Tunstead joined the Wroxham benefice in the Spring of 2018.

The Wroxham Benefice is made up of the parishes of:

  • St Mary’s, Wroxham
  • St Peter, Hoveton
  • St John, Hoveton
  • St Mary, Tunstead
  • St Peter, Belaugh

The Benefice is a group of inclusive churches and all are very welcome to join any of the services at any of the churches.

The Rector is:
The Revd. Liz Jump
Tel. 01603784150
Email: [email protected]

Associate Priests:
Revd. Fr Tim Gosden
Tel. 07500864929

Revd. Tracy Jessop

The benefice has a Facebook presence on:

The Twitter account is:

The benefice website is:

Items for inclusion in the weekly notice sheets should be emailed to Veronica:
[email protected] before Wednesday. If you don’t do email please leave a message on (07802 611410).

reviewed 02/03/2020