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St Mary's Parish Church

Church of England

Nantwich Town Centre, CW5 5RG

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

Sunday services

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

9.30am: Family Service (Holy Communion, first Sunday of the month)

10.45am: Parish Eucharist

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.

Curate: (Post vacant). 

   The 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 can be found in Church Walk which leads to St Mary's from The Square. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 2pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 1pm. Telephone: 01270 625268.

E-mail: office@stmarysnantwich.org.uk.


Rector's Surgery in the Parish Office on Saturdays at 9.30am or 10am, 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 in the south porch is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday. The south porch is one of two main entrances to the church. The West door is the other. It is closed from just before Christmas to a date to be announced, in March.


Further information appears in the "This Week" leaflet or "This Month", the church magazine. 


Re-ordering (changes in the church)

The church "re-ordering" 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




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

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


Christmas at St Mary's

Sunday, December 16, 9.30am: All Age Nativity; 6pm: Carol service.

Christmas Eve, 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm: Crib services; 11.30pm: Midnight Communion.

Christmas Day, 8am: Holy Communion; 10am: Family Communion.

The Tree of Light


MEMBERS of the public gathered outside the Parish Hall where a Tree of Light (right) was illuminated during a short service of prayer, hymns and poetry.

   The Rector of Nantwich (the Rev Dr Mark Hart) led the service, and there was an address by The Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor David Marren; a poem read by the Deputy Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Arthur Moran; and singing from the choir of St Mary’s.

   The tree offered a chance to remember the loss of loved ones and to think about those less fortunate than ourselves.

   People were invited to make a donation of £5 to dedicate a bauble to a loved one or a special cause (left). These will be on the Tree of Light until after the Twelfth Night of Christmas, when the lights will be turned off and baubles removed.

   Baubles can be collected from the Civic Hall after Monday, January 14.


Text from a press release sent out by Nantwich Town Council. Pictures, A Dabber's Nantwich

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



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

Picture: Andrew Lamberton


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.


Messy Church. 3.30pm to 5pm in the Parish Hall, Suitable for families with children aged 11 years and under. Games, craft, Bible stories, worship, messy play and refreshments. For more information, including dates of the events, contact the Parish Office.


Who Let the Dads Out? Second Saturday of the month, 9.30am to 11am, in the Parish Hall. For dads, grandads and other male carers, with their pre-school children. £1.50 per family, which includes drink, biscuits and a bacon butty.


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.

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 618872). E-mail: clorimer826@btinternet.com.

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


The Church office is open most Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12noon. 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 Church entry 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 four children's charities is welcome.


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.


Christmas at the Methodist Church Centre

Thursday, December 20, 7pm: Folk Carol Evening. Featuring members of the Dabbers

    Folk Group. An evening of folk carols, songs and stories on the Christmas theme.

    Refreshments served. Donations for Dementia Appeal

December 23: Traditional Carol Service.

Christmas Eve, 11.15pm: Communion Service.

Christmas Day: 10am, Family Service.


A Christmas Day lunch will take place at Nantwich Methodist Church Centre in  Hospital Street, 11.30am to 3.15pm. Transport can be arranged. To book a place, telephone Audrey Bennett on (01270) 629963.

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 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.



l READ about The Church with the Train here. 

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


Christmas at Market Street

Sunday, December 16, 6pm: Carol Service.

Christmas Eve, 7pm: Reflective Carol Service with Communion.

Christmas Day, 10.30am: Family Celebration of Christmas.

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.




Christmas at St Anne's

Christmas Eve Mass: Family Mass 6.30pm; and 9pm.

Christmas Day: 9.30am  Mass.

Broad Lane Methodist Church

Audlem Road

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. 


Christmas at Broad Lane

Sunday, December 23, 2.15pm: Special Christmas Service, led by the Minister (the Rev Charlotte Lorimer).

Coffee Club, every Monday at 10am. Contact Mike Docker (619855).

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: Celebration service in the Chapel. 10.30am: Youth Church.

The two events combine at 11.30am.


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


See website for other activities and information, and Facebook.

See this page for events at Regent's Park.


Christmas at Elim Church

Sunday, December 23: 10.30am to 12 noon, Family Carol Service; 11am to 11.45am,

   Family Christmas Day Service.

Sunday, December 30, 10.30am to 12 noon: Family Celebration Services.




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.

l Nantwich Street Pastors will be in town on Friday, December 23; Boxing Day night and New Year's Eve. 


A Christmas Day lunch will take place at Nantwich Methodist Church Centre in  Hospital Street, 11.30am to 3.15pm. Transport can be arranged. To book a place, telephone Audrey Bennett on (01270) 629963.


E-mail: nantwich@streetpastors.org.uk

Website: www.streetpastors.org/locations/nantwich


  Out-of-town churches     

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 


Christmas at Acton

Sunday, December 23, 5pm: Carol Service.

Christmas Eve: 5pm, Crib Service; 11.30pm, Midnight Communion.

Christmas Day Holy Communion at 11am.


Christmas at Church Minshull

Christmas Eve: 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Sound and Light Carol Service.

Christmas Day: 9.30am to 10.30am, Holy Communion.


Christmas at Wettenhall

Christmas Eve: 6pm service.

Christmas Day: 11am, Holy Communion.


Christmas at Worleston

Christmas Eve: 5pm service.

Christmas Day: 9.30am, Holy Communion.


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 Walks 

NICK Harley leads two-hour (approximately) walks from St Mary's, Acton, on Sundays at 1pm. Leaflets are available. The walks will be followed by tea and cakes in the tower (see above) and trips up the church tower. Telephone Stephan Davies (01270 624135) to reserve a place on the walk. Or e-mail stephan.davies1@talktalk,net.

   There is no charge but donations will be gratefully received.  

United Benefice of Audlem, Wybunbury and Doddington


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


Curate: the Rev Rachael Griffiths. 07568 264229.


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.


St Chad's Church, Wybunbury:


Main Road, Wybunbury, Nantwich, CW5 7LS.


St John the Evangelist, Doddington:




Christmas at St James'

Sunday, December 16: 6.30pm, Village Carol Service.

Christmas Eve: 4pm, Crib Service; 11.15pm: The First Communion of Christmas.

Christmas Day: 8.15am, Holy Communion: 10.30am, All Ages Communion.

December 26: 11am, Holy Communion.



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


Christmas at Wrenbury

Christmas Eve: 3pm, Crib Service; 11.15pm, Midnight Mass.


Christmas at Baddiley

Christmas Day: 10.30am, Holy Communion.


Christmas at Burleydam

Christmas Day: 9.15am, Holy Communion

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


Christmas at Baddiley and Ravensmoor

Christmas Eve: 6.45pm, Service.






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


Christmas at Broomhall and Sound

December 20: 6pm, Nativity Under the Stars.

Christmas Eve: 3pm, Christingle Service.

Christmas Day: 10.45am, Family Service.





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: 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.






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, and 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. 




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