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St Mary's Parish Church

Church of England

Nantwich Town Centre, CW5 5RG (Parish Office); CW5 5RQ (the Church and Rectory).

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

Sunday services (see the panel on the right)

8am: Holy Communion (Common Worship, traditional form, except the first and third Sundays of the month when the Book of Common Prayer is used).

Hot Drinks are available after all morning services: 8am at Costa; 9.30am and 10.45am in the Parish Hall.

9.30am: All Age Worship (first Sunday of the month)

10.45am: Holy Communion

6pm: A variety of services including Choral Evensong, Evening Prayer, Compline and Holy Communion using Common Worship in traditional language

7.15 pm in the Parish Hall: Encounter Cafe Church (on the first and third Sundays of the month). A café-style service with a themed programme. Coffee available from 6.45pm.


Rector: The Rev Dr Mark Hart. He was previously Rector of Plemstall and Guilden Sutton churches, and a former Rural Dean of Chester.

   The former Rector, the Rev Canon Dr Barry Wilson, became Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral and has since moved to St Asaph Cathedral in Denbighshire, to become the Archdeacon of Montgomery.

Associate Minister:

The Rev Professor Bernard Moss, who held this post, died suddenly in January.

Curate: The Rev Paul Wheeler.

   The previous Curate, the Rev Kaushal David, moved to Bedfordshire to become Priest-in-charge of three parishes in the St Alban's diocese. 


The church is situated in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Stewards are on duty to welcome visitors and guided tours are available. Sundays, open during services only - 8am to 12.30pm and 5.30pm to 7pm. Parties can arrange a coach visit to the church. 


The Parish Office is closed but the phone number

and e-mail are still operative

The Parish Office can be found in Church Walk which leads to St Mary's from The Square. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 3.30pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 1pm. Saturday, 9.30am to 10.30am. Telephone: 01270 625268. Closed on Bank Holidays. E-mail: office@stmarysnantwich.org.uk.


Rector's Surgery in the Parish Office on Saturdays at 9.30am, 10am or 10.30am. Book a time through the Parish Office (appointment only). This is a chance to talk to The Rector or another member of the parish staff or to book a date for a wedding, etc.


The Visitors' Centre or Church Shop is in the south porch. That porch is one of two main entrances to the church. The West door is the other.


A leaflet, ''Giving to St Mary's, Nantwich'', says that as at January 2020 the church has an annual income of £205,000, and an annual expenditure of £212,000, apart from special projects.


Further information about the church appears in the "This Week" leaflet or "This Month", the church magazine. Note: The leaflet is not being published during the coronavirus pandemic, and the magazine is only available online. A weekly newsletter is available on request.


Website: www.stmarysnantwich.org.uk.


St Mary's and the COVID-19 pandemic

While all regular public services of worship, baptisms and weddings have been suspended, funerals are still possible in church but with small numbers of people and other restrictions. All groups associated with St. Mary's have been cancelled until further notice.

Services and other events now online

Sunday: 10am, Morning Worship; 10.30am, All Age Worship; 11am, Evening Prayer. 7pm (1st and 3rd Sundays), Encounter [Zoom: peterbennett@mac.com].

Tuesday: 8.30am, Morning Prayer [Zoom: markhart61@gmail.com].

Wednesday: 11am, Coffee Morning [Zoom: canondavid12@btinternet.com];

4pm, Family Catch Up [susie@stmarysnantwich.org.uk].

Thursday: 10.30am, Little Fish; 8.30pm, Compline.
Friday: 8pm, Youth Alpha - Secure Conference Network.

o Unless stated otherwise, everything is on the St Mary's Facebook page, live, and available afterwards. Currently available is a service for VE Day and the Guernsey children who came to Nantwich during the Second World War

o To join the Zoom groups, e-mail the person indicated to be sent a link.


BELL ringing is an activity that can be learned and enjoyed by people of all ages from around 11 until well into their 80s. To find out more about the benefits of ringing, particularly for youngsters, get in touch with me at St. Mary’s.

- Stefan Zientek, Tower Captain, St Mary's

St Mary's in semi-finals of Greater Churches competition.

A KNOCKOUT competition between 64 Greater Churches of England has reached the semi-final, with St Mary's Parish Church due to meet Tewkesbury Abbey. They knocked out Hull Minster, Waltham Abbey Church and Romsey Abbey in three rounds to reach this stage and then faced Bath Abbey in the quarter finals. Vote for St Mary's here .

Seniors’ Lounge. Second Sunday of the month, 3pm to 4pm, in the Parish Hall. A chance to enjoy friendly company and a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and cake with a varied programme of activities and a short talk.


Open House. Held in the Parish Hall (opposite the Church) on one Wednesday a month between 2pm and 4pm, with an invitation for people to drop in for tea and a chat.




Re-ordering (changes in the church)

The church "re-ordering" in 2016 included new inner glass doors at the west end of the church, the removal of some of the pews to make more open spaces (including a place for a grand piano in the south aisle), a platform lift to replace the wheelchair lift, stone ramps for wheelchairs (replacing the temporary wooden ones), toilets and a new door for the choir vestry. The Jubilee Curtain, marking the 25th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, and the pew kneelers were removed during the re-ordering so that dust from the work wouldn't affect them. Pew seat cushions were added.

Earlier work at St Mary's | The Re-ordering over the weeks | Website



A kneeler in the North Transept marks the visit of the Rt Rev Libby Lane, then newly-appointed Bishop of Stockport, to conduct a Confirmation service in 2016. She was the first female bishop to be consecrated by the Church of England. She later became Bishop of Derby.

Picture: Andrew Lamberton



On this website: Listed in Places to See | View of church restored | £1m appeal

A location on the Two Saints' Way (walking route).


Nantwich Methodist Church Centre

Hospital Street, CW5 5RP           The Church with the Train

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.



Sunday: 10.30am, Worship. 10.30am, Sunday Club for young people aged four to 13.

First Sunday of the month: 6pm, Cafe Church - a different style of worship, led by invited preachers. Friendly discussions, chat, videos, singing, and spirit-led worship over refreshments. Contact Jackie Holland (624914).

Fourth Thursday of the month: 11.30am, Communion. 

Communion (11.30am) and Lunch (12.15pm), on the fourth Sunday of the month.

Thursday (9.30am): Prayer Meeting. Contact Brenda Bowers (01270) 623794.


For other services and activities, see the website or call in to the Church Centre for various information leaflets. Also the quarterly magazine, "On Track" (see below).



The Rev Charlotte Lorimer (telephone: 01270 6188720).

E-mail: clorimer826@btinternet.com.

  The Minister conducted her last service at the church on July 21. She will be retiring later.

  The Rev Malcolm G. Lorimer retired from active ministry after 40 years' service. Telephone: 01270 625278.  E-mail: maxcricket@btinternet.com.



Jill Taylor


The Church office is open most Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12 noon. Tel: 01270 626340. E-mail: nantwich.mc@btconnect.com.

Website: www.nantwichmethodist.wix.com/nmcc


Nantwich Mission Area: Nantwich, Barbridge, Broad Lane and Poole.


Cheshire South Methodist Circuit, a grouping of 37 churches.  www.cheshiresouth.org.uk


On Track is the name of the quarterly magazine published by the Nantwich Methodist Mission Area. It is based on the Hospital Street church's slogan, "The Church with the Train." (See Poole Methodist Chapel entry below for details of a community garden and labyrinth).


Whistleblower Cutting

Model steam train rides at the side of the church, every Saturday from 10am to 12 noon 52 Saturdays a year. The rides are free for all ages but a donation for children's charities is welcome. To June 2019, the donations have raised £10,050 for Creative Hands, Under the Mango Tree, Railway Children, Hope House and Action for Children.

l READ more about The Church with the Train here.


Church services cancelled due to COVID-19

ON their Facebook page, the Church says: "Just to let you know that due to COVID-19 all of our Sunday services have been postponed until further notice.

   "Thursdays and Saturdays morning coffee is currently going ahead but other activities have had to be postponed. We hope you're all staying safe. Your pastoral visitors will be in contact with you."


Drop 'n' Shop, between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday mornings. A club for children aged 4 to 11. For a maximum of one and a half hours parents can leave their children at the Methodist Schoolrooms to be entertained by church members while they shop. Climbing wall, Wii, air hockey, snooker, craft table and more. All volunteers are CRB checked. £1 per morning including light refreshments. Contact: Heather Durant on 626168.


Pizza Club, on the first and third Saturdays, 6pm to 8.30pm. DVD and games evenings for youngsters aged 11 and over. All volunteers are CRB checked. Contact: David on 627170.


Sunday Club, every Sunday at 10.30am. Contact: David on 627170.


Friendship Group, first Monday of the month, 2pm to 4pm


Brownies. Mondays in school term time, 6.15pm to 7.30pm. Age 7 to 10 years. Information: www.girlguiding.org.uk


Wesley Guild, 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Contact Pat Maidment (01270) 627170.


Men's Club, 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Vine pub in Hospital Street for a drink and a chat. All welcome. Contact the Rev Malcolm Lorimer on (01270) 625278.


Totstop. Wednesdays in school term time, 1.30pm to 3pm. For children up to the age of four. Contact: Liz on 663972.


Other activities include:


Soup+More (homemade hot meals and desserts) on the first Saturday of every month, 12 noon to 2pm.


Coffee mornings are held on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon.


A lunch is held once a month on Saturday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm


Women's Fellowship, 2.30pm to 3.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. Contact  Barbara Barker (01270) 624363.



Entertainment closed. Nantwich Family Films @ 4 was a community cinema project by Nantwich Methodist Church. Falling audience numbers caused it to close down in March 2018

   Funded by Nantwich Town Council, Nantwich Rotary Club, The Rank Foundation, The Co-operative Community Fund, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist District

Families Fund and Cheshire South Methodist Circuit.

   See https://www.facebook.com/nantwichfamilyfilmsat4.

Market Street Church

Baptist and United Reformed Church     CW5 5DG

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.


Sunday services

10.30am: Morning service with Junior Church and creche.

6pm: Evening service (Communion service 1st Sunday).


Minister: the Rev Garry Wareham (01270 627261).


Contact: 01270 611634       www.marketstreetchurch.co.uk


l The Nantwich Foodbank is based at this church.


Church services cancelled due to COVID-19

A notice on the church's website says: As of March 17, Sunday services are not taking place and move to online meetings. Services are suspended until further notice."






Nantwich Young People's Fellowship

A Christian youth group for teenagers in Nantwich, meeting at Market Street Church.



St Anne's Catholic Church

Pillory Street (opposite Railway Station)

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.



9am: Mass (Monday to Friday)

10am: Mass (Sunday)

6.30pm: Vigil Mass (Saturday)


Parish Priest: the Rev John Daly

Telephone: 01270 625494.

Deacon: the Rev Peter Mascarenhas.




Public liturgies to cease

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, has agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from Friday evening, March 20. Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice. 

   See the church's website for more information: www.stannesnantwich.org.uk

Broad Lane Methodist Church

Audlem Road, CW5 7QD

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.


Sunday services

2.15pm: Weekly worship (November to February).

First Sunday of the month, 2.15pm: Sankey Gospel Service.

6.30pm: Evening service (March to October).


Minister: the Rev Charlotte Lorimer.


The church is in the Nantwich Mission Area and the Cheshire South Methodist District. 


Coffee Club, every Monday from 10am to 12 noon (except Bank Holidays). Contact Mike Docker (619855) for more information. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat. Everyone welcome. Transport can be arranged. Supported by Nantwich Town Council and Stapeley and District Parish Council.


House Group, Tuesday, fortnightly, at 3.15pm. Contact Patti Wilson (569293).


Sisters in Stitches, Wednesdays at 10am. Contact Daphne Mounteney (811242).


Prayer for Healing and Wholeness, First Thursday of month, 2pm. Contact: Louise



Nantwich Elim Church


The Chapel, Regents Park, 129 London Road, CW5 6LW. Telephone: 626749.

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.


Sunday services

10.30am: Love Sundays service in the Chapel. 10.30am: Youth Church.

The two events combine at 11.30am.

Deeper at 6pm in the Chapel 

Senior Pastor: Michelle Nunn     Associate Pastor: Paul Hampton

Pastor Linda Potter     Pastor Chang Myung-Chul


Chapel telephone: 07738 179835


Church office: telephone 01270 615401


Disable access available


Website: www.nantwichelimgchurch.org


See website for other activities and information, and Facebook.

See this page for events at Regent's Park.


Church cafe closes to beat COVID-19

The church's website carries this notice:

   "As a lot of our customers are either little ones, pregnant mums or grandparents we want to keep you safe! So we have decided to close the cafe until further notice.

   "We are sad that we won't see you all for a little while but we will be praying for you and your families, that you will all be safe and protected in this time. And that fear won't overcome you but that you will have peace!

    "We look forward to seeing you again some point soon and seeing how your little ones have grown.

    "Be safe, be smart and keep washing those hands.





Regents Theological College has moved to Malvern.



The former Willaston School where Nantwich Elim Church now worship in the chapel


History group acquires lantern slides of the school


Churches Together in Nantwich

A group of seven churches in the Nantwich area - the six above and St Mary's Parish Church, Acton, below.


Chairman: Rod Greenow, 07967 741359

Secretary: Simon Bowen, 01270 628086


Nantwich Street Pastors have volunteers from the six churches in town. They are on patrol from 11pm until 3.30am on some Tuesday (student night at the clubs), Friday and Saturday nights. They are supported by at least two Prayer Pastors at their base.

    They are trained volunteers "who care about their community" and are on hand to help young people in the town centre.


E-mail: nantwich@streetpastors.org.uk

Website: www.streetpastors.org/locations/nantwich


  Out-of-town churches                            See the churches websites for details of worship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Benefice of St Mary, Acton; St Bartholomew, Church Minshull; St David, Wettenhall; and St Oswald, Worleston     (The Cross Country Group of Parishes)

Church of England 


The Vicar: The Rev Anne Lawson.


St Mary's, Monks Lane, Acton, CW5 8LE. 01270 628864.

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

St Bartholomew's, Cross Lane, Church Minshull, CW5 6DY.

St David's, Long Lane, Wettenhall, CW7 4DN.

   Officiating Priest, the Rev Keith Hine, 01829 732491.

St Oswald's, Church Road, Worleston, CW5 6DR.

   Associate Minister, the Rev John E. Varty, 01270 877360.



Acton: www.stmarysacton.com

Church Minshull: www.stbartschurchminshull.org.uk

Wettenhall: www.wettenhallchurch.org.uk

Worleston: www.worlestonchurch.org.uk 


Tea in the Tower and Walks are suspended in view of the current national effort to protect against COVID-19. Details will appear on their website when the church is able to resume the events.


Tea at St Mary's:

Tea in the Tower is held every Sunday afternoon (2.30pm to 4.30pm) in a community cafe at St Mary's Church, Acton. A chance to have a chat and enjoy tea and cakes. There is no set charge, but voluntary donations are welcome.

   Well-behaved dogs are also catered for (a bowl of water is available!). And there are guided trips up the church tower - as far as the bell ringing chamber - for the energetic.  Contacts: Stephan Davies (07731 800663) or Deana Emerton (01270 624889).



Guided Circular Walks 

TWO-HOUR (approximately) walks around the Cheshire countryside start from St Mary's, Acton, on Sundays at 1pm. Leaflets are available. Back in time for tea. Telephone Stephan Davies (01270 624135) to reserve a place on a walk. Or e-mail stephan.davies1@talktalk,net. All welcome. There is no charge but donations are gratefully received. 

United Benefice of Audlem, Wybunbury and Doddington


Vicar: the Rev Canon Helen Chantry (Rural Dean). 01270 811543.


Sunday services: 8.15am, Holy Communion; 11am, Holy Communion/Morning Prayer/All age. Wednesday: 11am, Holy Communion. Each Thursday in term time: 9.30 am, Praise and Play 

Curate:  Post vacant.

(The Rev Rachael Griffiths, who was the Curate, is now the Vicar of All Saints' Church, Weston and St Mark's Church, Shavington).


St James' Church, Audlem: www.audlemstjameschurch.org.uk

The church is running a Church Fabric Fund appeal for substantial repairs to the church, particularly the tower. See the website for details of this work.


St Chad's Church, Wybunbury:


Main Road, Wybunbury, Nantwich, CW5 7LS.


St John the Evangelist, Doddington:






United Benefice of Baddiley with Wrenbury and Burleydam


Three congregations of Anglican Churches in South Cheshire - St Margaret's, Wrenbury; St Michael's, Baddiley; and St Mary and St Michael's, Burleydam.


Baddiley: http://www.baddileychurch.org.uk or


Wrenbury: www.wrenburychurch.org.uk

Burleydam: www.wrenburychurch.org.uk/st-mary-and-michaels-burleydam


Ministry team:

o Vicar: the Rev Alison Fulford. The Vicarage, Wrenbury, Nantwich, CW5 8EY. Telephone: 01270 780742.


oThe Rev Ruth Harrison, 01270 812010



Cheshire South Methodist Circuit

A grouping of 37 churches, Cheshire South Methodist Circuit is part of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist District.

   See the website for details of services at the various churches, together with information about the churches.

For services in other areas of the Circuit visit the website:




Mission areas


Audlem Audlem,  Hankelow.


Nantwich:  Nantwich,  Barbridge,  Poole,  Broad Lane.


Wrenbury:  Baddiley and Ravensmoor.  Broomhall and Sound.  Lightwood Green.

St Andrew's, Aston 

Audlem Baptist Church



Services: Sundays 10.30am. 1st Sunday of the month, Holy Communion.





Audlem Methodist Church

Shropshire Street, Audlem, CW3 0PE


Minister (part time): Rev Gary Windon

07929 708976






Aston Methodist Church, Aston (St Andrew's)

Wrenbury Road, Aston, CW5 8DQ.


Sunday service: Each week at 11am.


Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936


Contact: Mrs Jackie Wright
01270 560003












See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.

Baddiley and Ravensmoor Methodist Chapel

Swanley Lane, Ravensmoor, Nantwich, CW5 8PX.


Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936


Contact: Mrs Jackie Wright
01270 560003










See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.

Barbridge Methodist Chapel

Old Chester Road, CW5 6AZ


Sunday services: 10.30am, first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.


The church is in the Nantwich Mission Area and the Cheshire South Methodist District.







See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.

Broomhall and Sound Methodist Church

Newtown Road, Sound, CW5 8SG.


Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936


Contact: Mrs Jackie Wright
01270 560003










See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.

Hankelow Methodist Church

11 Old School Lane, Hankelow, CW3 0JN


Minister: The Rev Jennifer Matthews,

01270 811711





See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.

Lightwood Green Methodist Church

Whitchurch Road, Audlem, CW3 0EP


Sunday service: Each week at 6.30pm


Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936








See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.

Poole Methodist Chapel

Wettenhall Lane, Poole  CW5 6AL


Sunday services: 10.30am, second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Quiet Garden Services, 4pm.


The church is in the Nantwich Mission Area and the Cheshire South Methodist District. It is the oldest church in the Circuit.











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A COMMUNITY quiet open garden and labyrinth at the rear of the chapel is open seven days a week all the year round.

   It was the idea of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, who used to meet at Poole but now meet at Coppenhall Methodist Centre, Bradfield Road, Crewe.

   More than £10,000 was raised to complete the garden, from the Cheshire South Methodist Circuit, Cheshire East Council, fund-raising events and individuals.

   A leaflet on the garden is available at Poole and Nantwich Methodist churches.

   The opening of the garden, in September 2016, was reported in the Autumn 2016 edition of the circuit's magazine, "On Track" (based on the Nantwich church's slogan "The Church with the Train").

  The picture of the garden is taken from that edition of the quarterly magazine.