All Saints Church stands in a beautiful, well maintained, rural churchyard. It is a Grade 1 listed building and may lie on Saxon foundations. All Saints is possibly the oldest church in North Buckinghamshire. The early twelfth century nave is the earliest part of the present church. The south aisle was added before 1200, the west tower dates from the early thirteenth century, and the north aisle was completed about a century later. Other parts were added during the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. Of particular interest are the faded remains of medieval wall paintings above the chancel arcades and arch, and several sixteenth century black letter texts. A beautiful new stained glass window by Nuttgens was bequest in the 1990s and church clock was recently restored.
Lathbury is a small parish part of the benefice with Newport Pagnell and Moulsoe. The church offers one service a month, on the first Sunday. This allows a mixture of festival services (Harvest, Carols, Easter etc) and communion services. The regular Sunday worship is attended by about 14 people on average, but the festival services can attract 50 or more. Everyone is is made welcome and can join us for refreshments after the service.
The village has always valued the church and have shown great commitment to its preservation, having raised over £60,000 in the last two decades towards the restoration and enhancement of the building. The church fabric is generally in good condition, but like all buildings of its age, repairs are always on the agenda and we are keen to receive support and fund raising ideas.
The church plays an important part in many aspects of village life. For example the village recently mounted an excellent exhibition to commemorate its involvement in the First World War, inviting relatives of previous residents who took part in the war to a commemorative service in the church, which was filled with villagers and visitors.
People in the village respect the position of the church within the social structure of the village and wish to see it well maintained and available for weddings, baptisms and funerals. Because Lathbury is such a small community we try hard to make the church appeal across the population and to include people of different religious persuasions.