Welcome to St Mary's Ambleside

The Church continues to be alive and active, but for now our buildings must close.

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.

Sunday Services

The services below will resume later in the year.

  • 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 June.


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.