Background

St George's Church, Tyler's Hill was built in 1871 as a mission church from Christ Church, Waterside. The two churches are only a mile apart as the crow flies, up a country lane and over the fields. In the old days the vicar used to travel from one to the other on his horse! Needless to say, present day vicars do the three mile trip through Chesham by car!

It is found up a narrow country lane, Tyler's Hill Road, which begins opposite the Hen and Chickens pub. It is a very peaceful setting, and many churches and groups like to use the building for quiet days and days away. The church is made up of about 40 members on the electoral roll, with many more people who come, mainly from the village, to special occasions, eg Christmas, Harvest, Mothering Sunday and Easter. Essentially we have two congregations, the main Sunday morning congregation which is made up of a number of families and children who go to our Sunday School, and the congregation which meets at the monthly 8.00 am Holy Communion service and the monthly 5.00 pm Holy Communion service. We have a variety of people of different backgrounds and church traditions. In the last few years, the church council has been renamed the Servant Leadership team. This is partly in response to the training we all received when a church member (Hilary Wilson) was training for ordination. We wanted to encourage our church council to see themselves as lay leaders of the church, and to take responsibility and use their gifts appropriately in the church. On the whole, the worship tends to be formal and following the Common Worship services. However, the family services on the first Sunday of the month give opportunity for more creative worship, and these are often lay led.

Other activities during the week include a monthly prayer breakfast with our fellow Christians at Ley Hill Methodist chapel; a monthly prayer meeting and coffee morning; Women's Fellowship on 1st Thursday of the month; and Chill Out, a meeting for parents and young children in the school holidays, where activities are provided for children, while adults chat and drink coffee, lunch and a short service to finish. ‘Sharing and Learning’ is the title we use for a number of different events which bring people together and which provide opportunities for exploring aspects of our faith in a relaxed and non-threatening environment. 

  More of the history of St George's may be read in 'The Church by the Woods', available at the church or contact a District Warden.