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.

Sunday Services

We welcome visitors every Sunday to our services of worship.

  • 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.