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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.  Tel: 01270 620668

Curate: The Rev Paul Wheeler. Tel: 07711 889188

Curate: Vanessa Layfield.  Tel: 07984 318885


The Parish Office is closed but the phone number and e-mail are still operative.

The office can be found in Church Walk which leads to St Mary's from The Square (town centre). 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.


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 as a hard copy is not being published during the coronavirus pandemic but can be found on the church's website online. The "This Week" newsletter is available on request. The magazine is not being published at the moment.


Websites: www.stmarysnantwich.org.uk   https://www.facebook.com/stmarysnantwich.org,uk


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




Articles about the church can be found on this website:

Listed in Places to See View of church restored  |  £1m appeal

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



ST MARY'S re-opens for public worship on Wednesday, December 2 with Morning Prayer at 8.30am and Holy Communion at 11 am. Normal services resume.

   Meanwhile St Mary's is closed for public services but open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm, for individual prayer and reflection. Funerals with up to 30 mourners can be held.

   Sunday, November 29: Pre-recorded morning worship with songs by the worship band will be on Facebook and You Tube at 9.30am. Live Holy Communion from church, with a quartet from the choir, will be online at 10.45am. 

   Attendance at Christmas services will be by booking only. Contact the Parish Office from Wednesday, December 2, to book places.  See office times left.

   Visit the church website to find out more details of the above items.

The Magic of Christmas, a selection of carols and music for peace, will be performed by the Nantwich Singers in St Mary's (live!) on Saturday, December 12, at 3pm and 7pm. There will be socially-distanced seating arrangements. Admission is free but booking is required. Contact the Box Office on 07872 550830.      

The Tree of Light in the churchyard is lit until Twelfth Night (January 6) but there was no switching on ceremony this year. Baubles in memory of loved ones have been hung on the tree. They were available from the Civic Hall for £5, but this facility is not available at the moment as the Civic Hall is closed.

Remembrance Sunday. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Remembrance Sunday parade and service at the war memorial did not take place this year, and there was no service on Armistice Day

    However, a live streaming service was held in St Mary's with a small number of participants. The Rector of Nantwich (the Rev Dr Mark Hart) led the service, the Chairman of the Royal British Legion (John Dwyer) delivered the Exhortation to a two-minute silence, and the Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr Pam Kirkham) read the Lesson. 

o  The service can be viewed on YouTube at


and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stmarysnantwich/videos/28962239706110621


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


The following events may not take place during the coronavirus pandemic.


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.



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. The kneeler is one of many to be found in the nave pews.   Picture: Andrew Lamberton

Nantwich Methodist Church Centre

Hospital Street, CW5 5RP          

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

The Church with the Train (see item below)



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.



The Rev Robin Fox



Jill Taylor

01270 618872


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: https://www.nantwichmethodist.co.uk


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.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all services and church activities have been suspended. A weekly newsletter and service has been prepared and distributed.

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       https://www.facebook.com/MarketStChurch


l The Nantwich Foodbank is based at this church.


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.


Website:  www.stannesnantwich.org.uk


Following Government advice the Church is celebrating Mass.  A notice on the church's website says: ''The number in church is limited to approximately 52 or maybe more with household attendees who can sit together.

   See the church's website for further information.


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.nantwichelimchurch.org     https://www.facebook.com/NantwichElimChurch


For other activities and information, see website and Facebook.

See this page for events at Regent's Park.


The church's website carries this notice: ''Join us on Sundays on our YouTube channel for the live stream service at 11am for Love Sundays channelled on Zoom''.



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 


St Mary’s Church is only open for private prayer on Sundays from 10.30am to 11.30am.  Hygiene and social distancing measures are in place and all are welcome.


The Remembrance Sunday service can be seen on YouTube at:



Tea in the Tower and Walks are suspended in view of Covid-19. Details will appear on the website when the church is able to resume the events.


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


St James the Great Church, Audlem is situated in The Square, Audlem, CW3 0AH.  www.audlemstjameschurch.org.uk


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.


Vicar: The Rev Alison Fulford. She is also Rural Dean in the Nantwich Deanery. Her induction will take place at St James the Great, on Thursday. December 3, at 7.30pm. This is open only to those participating in the service which will be live streamed via Zoom.


The former Vicar, the Rev Canon Helen Chantry (then Rural Dean) became Vicar of Hucknall in the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese. To see a video message from the new Vicar of Hucknall visit



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.


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.