Welcome to St Mary's Ambleside
We are delighted that we can usually open our church for private prayer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10 -12. However the church is closed 29th, 30th and 31st Dec. Sorry for any inconvenience. We are awaiting further instructions from the Bishops before reopening in light of the new restrictions.
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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: 10 - 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.