Welcome to St Mary's Ambleside

We are delighted that we are now able to open our church for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10-12. You will be welcome and will be asked to take some simple precautions.

In this covid 19 era we are meeting for Holy Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 11am.

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A Letter from our Vicar

31st July 2020


This week it is all change. We are very pleased that the zoom service has been so popular during the lockdown period. These services will now be moving to their new time of 9.30am for August, September and October. This week we are opening St. Mary’s church on Sunday 2nd August for an ‘in person’ service at 11am and next week Holy Trinity Langdale will be having an ‘in person’ service also at 11am. Holy Trinity Brathay PCC meet next week to consider when they can reopen.

The ‘in person’ service will be rather different than before lockdown for the time being. You will be asked to come into church with a face covering on. We can have the organ but we cannot sing hymns. The Holy Communion will be bread only and you will be asked to sanitise your hands on coming in and leaving the building. We will have a ‘one way’ system in each of the churches to avoid people crossing over each other. Seating will be indicated by service sheets and will be limited to a smaller number than usual to maintain social distancing. The doors will be open 30 minutes before the service and it will be on a first come, first served basis up to a set number for each church. We will get used to this ‘new normal’ but we realise for many people it may feel ‘too soon’ and we totally respect that. Also if you come to church you do not have to take Communion… it is a personal choice whether it is right for you.

We will evaluate how the services go and ideally offer the zoom service and one other ‘in person’ service somewhere in the benefice most Sundays for the next three months. It will be always subject to enough people to run the service safely and changes in government guidelines.

We are also looking forward to weddings resuming. 26th September Aimee and Dan will be the first couple to marry in our parishes since lockdown – we look forward to that. Next year will be busy with two years’ worth of ceremonies to fit in.

This is my 20th letter since lockdown and it has been terrific to share thoughts and news with you over these months. With the resumption of services in church I am now planning to take a break from letter writing to concentrate on planning for the next term. However if you have news from your area please still send it as I will be sending out ad hoc missives during August and it is always good to share what is happening.

So may God bless us all


Welcome to St Mary's Ambleside

We are friendly and welcoming church, who place the Gospel message at the heart of our worship, teaching and fellowship. We would be delighted to see you, whether you live locally or are visiting Ambleside. Come and join us and give praise to God in this beautiful place in the heart of the Lake District.


Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

The Rector of this church can be contacted by telephoning 015394 33205
or emailing [email protected]

The services below will resume later in the year.

Sunday Services

  • 08:00am HOLY COMMUNION

    Informal said (no hymns or songs) Communion Service usually in Wordsworth Chapel at St Mary's Church.
    Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 35 minutes


    Principal Service is at 11am for 1 hour and 10 minutes
    Holy Communion every first, third, fourth and fifth Sunday.
    Second Sunday is a Service of the Word with second Sunday songsters
    Services are a mix of traditional hymns and modern worship songs. Sunday School and creche available.

Evening Services

We welcome visitors every Sunday to our services of worship.


    Contemporary worship in the Baptist Chapel

Weekday Services


    Holy Communion (Common Worship) Service without music, usually in the Wordsworth chapel within St Mary's.
    Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 30 minutes

Our Mission

At St. Mary's Ambleside we want to be a church that has something to offer everybody.
We think about what we have to offer in three ways.


We are disciples of Christ and we seek to fulfil the diocesan vision of making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this in a variety of ways in our worship, our fellowship, by bible study, by engaging with our service to the community as a whole, and by having courses to explore what Christian faith means.


We are set within a community. We engage with our community by way of a ministry of Chaplaincy. This involves much service to the community by partnering various other organisations such as our parish centre where many good social services are provided; our school, where church members serve as governors and reading assistants; in workplace visiting going to retail, hospitality and agricultural places of work; in home visiting those who are ill or isolated; and in serving on various charities and committees that serve our town. We also host the annual, centuries old, town celebration of 'Rushbearing' on the first Saturday in July.


We are uniquely set in a holiday area. We are a church for the whole world where people come from far and wide to see the building and spend some time in prayer or reflection. We engage with our visitors in a ministry of hospitality by offering a warm welcome to all our services of worship, by having our building open every day in daylight hours, and making available booklets and pamphlets in many languages to help our visitors find out what the church is all about.