Welcome to St Mary's Ambleside
We are delighted that we are now able to open our church for private prayer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 -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
I do hope you had a good summer. I know many folk have had a chance to catch up with friends and family – socially distanced or in support bubbles – over the last couple of months. I hope it was good for you.
We now have all three churches in the benefice open for ‘in person’ services twice a month.
Brathay 2nd Sunday (Matins) and 4th Sunday (Holy Communion) 9.30am
Ambleside – 1st and 3rd Sundays – (Holy Communion)
Langdale - 2nd Sunday (Holy Communion) and 4th Sunday (Service of the Word) at 11am
5th Sunday Zoom service with the Methodist church at 9.30am.
The Zoom service for the benefice is at 9.30 each week. Please do give it a try if you have not had a chance to join us yet. It really is a lovely tome to be together and see people’s faces without masks which sadly have to be worn in church. Just send me an email and we can add you to the list.
We will be having APCM for the three churches. These will be very short meetings in person to ratify the choice of Churchwarden, Treasurer and Secretary and to present the accounts. Brathay will be on 30th September at 4pm and Langdale on 29th at 2pm. Ambleside on 29th September at 7pm will be by Zoom. If you do not get the regular email invitation to Zoom events please contact me. If you want the reports for this meeting please contact the PCC Secretary or myself asap and we will get you the papers sent to you.
St. Mary’s Church is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 – 12noon. Langdale and Brathay by appointment.
Paper copies of Ambleside and Brathay Parish Magazines can be picked up from St. Mary’s for September. We hope to deliver in October.
It is possible to book the Church Hall at Brathay for small groups adhering to social distancing and cleaning up afterwards. If you need to meet somebody but are not comfortable to have them in your home or in a café it is possible to use St. Mary’s church. You will need to meet them socially distanced etc but it can be arranged by ringing the Rector if it would be helpful.
We are looking to stitch some finger puppets to teach the Christmas Story to primary school children. If you would be willing to be part of this (patterns and materials provided) please ring me. We will be having an ‘in person’ meeting to plan this on 23rd September at 2pm. Please let me know if you are intending to come.
Coffee Mornings on Zoom start at 10.30 each week and are good fun. We have a good range of people and if there are more folk coming as the winter progresses we will be putting on more.
Thank you to all who have been ringing up their fellow church members over the Lockdown and during the summer. As restrictions seem to be getting stricter please continue to do so. If you would like a regular call from one of our pastoral team please ring me and we can arrange that to happen. It is a difficult tome for many people, especially as furlough comes to an end and some jobs are disappearing, but the churches of the Loughrigg Team are very much active in caring for each other and that is how we live out our faith in the God who loves us so much that he was prepared to die for us.
If there is news that you want to share please let me know and I can include it in future letters.
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]
We share communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 11am in St. Mary's Church, following all the Diocesan guidance regarding social distancing.
Leaving from St Mary's Church at 11am on the 4th Sunday of the month, we take a gentle walk which includes worship and reflections on the weekly bible readings. This service is entirely outdoors and socially distanced. All are welcome!
Crumpet Church - every Monday after school during term time on Zoom
This is an informal family service, including modern worship songs, story, activities and games and time to chat.
Private Prayer - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings: 9 - 12
You are welcome to come into church and pray in this beautiful setting. Please follow the guidance provided.
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.