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.

We are hoping to restart Sunday services later in the summer.

Click here to find out  what we are doing or select "What's On" and click on "News".

And find our July & August magazine here: 

JulAug parish mag 20


A Letter from our Vicar

12th July 2020


So Rushbearing in Ambleside did not go unmarked. The virtual Rushbearing was terrific. Do go to amblesiderushbearing.org.uk website for some fantastic videos and photographs. Thanks to Martyn Wise and Helen Todd for all their work. We had two bearings in church and it was lovely to see those who battled through the rain to be in church and remember. As it happened in the grace of God it would have been a very wet parade with no sports in ordinary times, plus having two roads blocked in the town… could have been tricky. Instead we have our memories and can look forward to next year’s event. Thanks to Val Jackson for helping to produce such lovely bearings, Jo Dann for the flowers and to Jane Nattrass for helping to welcome folk to church.

This week we are pleased that this letter will be going to members of Langdale Church. Rev. George Wrigley and Rosemary moved this week after a small but very special last service in Langdale Church last Sunday. George will have the rest of this year as a complete break but will be back with the ministry team from next January. We will need to have a good send off when we can. If you still have not managed to contribute to his leaving gift there is still time. Mrs Margery Rigg is still taking contributions.

The Ambleside and Brathay Parish Magazine can be accessed via St. Mary’s Ambleside website on stmarysambleside.org.uk and the Langdalian is on line - let me know if you want a paper copy. If you have any items of news from your area please send them to myself or Judith Dixon ([email protected]). Both magazines will be on line for the time being in line with government advice.

Speaking of information… George Scarlett has asked me to mention that we would usually be doing a collection at St. Mary’s around this time of year for the Mission to Seafarers. If you want to send a donation it should go to: The Mission to Seafarers, St Michael Pater Noster Royal, College Hill, London EC4R 2RC. Tel: 02072485202 https://www.missiontoseafarers.org/donate

Our school children will be breaking up this week for their holidays. Please pray for our wonderful church school staff that they may be able to have real break, for our Year 6s as they prepare to go to senior school in September and for all the children and their families that they may have a good and safe time this summer.

Brian and Jane will be leading our zoom service on Sunday. The theme is an intriguing one… the Glory of God. The sermon and service sheets are available on the website here, and by request from me if you get the printed copy by post. If you have not yet got the zoom service link and would like it, please let me have an email address and you will be very welcome to join in. As part of our thinking for this week I have added a poem Jane found at the end of this letter to get us thinking.

God Bless,



The Glory of God

by Deborah Ann Belka


The glory of God is everywhere,
It twinkles and shines all about.
It sparkles in the lives of those,
Who whole-heartedly seek Him out.

You can find it in all His goodness,
In the way He cares for you and me.
You can find it in His incredible blessing,
In the way He came to set us free.

You can find it in His tender mercy,
In the way He forgives and pardons all.
You can find it in His amazing love,
In the way He won't let His sparrow fall.

You can find it in His warm compassion,
In the way He knows each and every soul.
You can find it in His passionate kindness,
In the way He makes us complete and whole.

So, seek Him with all your heart and mind,
Let His presence shine on your face.
Experience daily His incredible glory,
And you will find His loving amazing grace.



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.