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.

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A Letter from our Vicar

28th May 2020


I start today’s letter with an apology - Please forgive me. I have been made aware that for some people the size of font that I have been using is just too small. I have done this with the best intentions to save paper so if you would like me to send this out, especially in the printed form, in a larger print – please let me know. For this edition it will be in larger print so that everybody can read it.

At the end of last week’s service we had a discussion about facemasks and working to make these available. There will be a discussion about this next week. If you would be interested please can you either ring Judith on 015394 34056 or send an email to: [email protected]

This week is Pentecost where the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. I hope that you have been able to cut out the dove symbols to put around your home and on the windows to let everybody know that this is a special time. We will be thinking of the symbols we use to signify God’s Holy Spirit in our Sunday sermon and zoom service. If you have any reflections at this time when we are praying, watching and listening to things on the TV or radio – do share them. 

Also, something for Sunday evening:

Both our bishops - as well as other guests - will come together for a joint live broadcast in celebration of Pentecost Sunday. 

Bishop James and Bishop Emma will lead an interactive Facebook live session on Sunday 31 May at 7pm, offering people across the Diocese a chance to join together to discuss things such as:

· how we are coping as churches during the coronavirus pandemic

· how as church we are reaching out to our communities at this time

· a chance to share together our questions and comments 

· and to pray together for our churches, communities, diocese and world.

Those people without a Facebook account can still watch the live stream and please send in prayer requests and questions by contacting [email protected].


May God’s Holy Spirit continue to give men and women the spiritual strength to take up the challenges of each new phase of both our personal and collective life.

Every blessing




Welcome to St Mary's Ambleside

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.


Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.
See: stmarysambleside.org.uk

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

“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.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

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.