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 10 -12. You will be welcome and will be asked to take some simple precautions.

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A letter from the Vicar


It has been so good to see the number of sets of little nativity finger puppets – they are really impressive! Thanks to Judith Shingler for organising this. These will be going into school for the beginning of Advent. This way the children can play out the travels of Mary, Joseph and the donkey as they travel to Bethlehem. We have some little baby Jesus to add for Christmas to help tell the Christmas story. Thank you to everybody who has contributed to this project.

We all have different life stories and one of the things that I love to do is hear these stories. In our morning services on zoom we hear a different person each week telling a story from their lives that have challenged or delighted them over the time of coronavirus. It would be really good if you have any stories that you would be prepared to share with us if you could send them to me. About 150 – 200 words would be great to add them to this little missive.

“Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation.” Fr Thomas Keating

As we are not able to meet for walking church during lockdown, you are warmly invited to join Helen Minton for an online meditation at 9.30 on Thursday 26th November. The theme will be "Silence is the first language of God"

Contact Helen on [email protected] for more information

On the subject of prayer…we have been asked by the Archbishops to pray every day at 6pm every day. I like the way we have been encouraged to pray each day for a different topic.

Sunday: family, friends, and loved ones

Monday: schools, university, children and young people

Tuesday: the elderly, those who are isolated and vulnerable

Wednesday: businesses and work places, and economic well-being

Thursday: the NHS and other key workers

Friday : national and local government

Saturday: all who are grieving, those suffering with physical and mental health

Praying as part of a routine is sometimes called ’spiritual disciplines’ and it has helped Christians over 2,000 years to keep close to God and engaged with their community. It is certainly worth trying if it is not part of your rule of life usually.

So have a good week and keep warm and safe,

God bless



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]


All are welcome to join us for worship.

Service of the Word on Zoom

You are very welcome to join our Zoom church at 9:30 each Sunday morning. You should contact Rev. Beverley Lock at [email protected] and she will send you the access code.

11am Communion

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.

Walking Church

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.

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.