As part of the church of England, the Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Datchet is part of a bigger organisation that operates on several levels. It is part of the Burnham and Slough Deanery within the Archdeaconry of Buckingham of the Diocese of Oxford 


The Diocese of Oxford website

The Diocese of Oxford serves the mission of the Church in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The Diocese comprises more than 600 parishes, with over 800 churches, serving a diverse population of more than 2 million people located in all types of settings.

Due to the size and complexity of the Diocese, it has three Area Bishops who exercise considerable strategic & pastoral oversight for their Archdeaconries. The Bishop of Buckingham is the Right Revd Alan Wilson who has been the Area Bishop since 2003.

A Christ - Like Church

 Bishop of Oxford, the Right Revd Dr Steven Croft, after his appointment introduced a new common vision for the Diocese of Oxford … The vision addresses what kind of church we are called to be – A Christ-like Church.

What are the marks of a christ-like Church? To be the church of the Beatitudes

  • Contemplative
  • Compassionate
  • Courageous

Burnham & Slough Deanery


The parish of Datchet is located within the Burnham & Slough deanery.  Since the implementation of synodical government, the deanery has developed a strong sense of working together. Church tradition across the deanery is diverse and, like other deaneries of a similar size, it is enriched by the variety of worship that takes place daily and weekly within our thirty places of worship. The deanery is a mixture of rural, semi-rural and urban parishes with one formal LEP working together to build up the life of the church locally.