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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: (Post vacant)

The Rev Canon Dr Barry Wilson left St Mary's to become Residentiary Canon at Chester Cathedral. The church is presently in an interegnum.

Associate Rector: The Rev Stephen Snelling.

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.


The Parish Office can be found in Church Walk which leads up 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.


Surgery Hour in the Parish Office on Saturdays from 9.30am to 10.30am. 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. These may not be held on some Saturdays. Check with the Parish Office.


The Visitors' Centre or Church Shop is in the south porch, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm. This is one of two main entrances to the church. The West door is the other.


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


A Tree of Remembrance will be in St Mary's from mid-December. Stars on which to write a message for a loved one will be available.


Christmas services at St Mary's

December 3: 9.30am, Christingle service.

December 10: 3pm, Tots' Nativity service. Friendly and informal with songs, activities and a story time with puppets. Share the magic of Christmas with your little ones.

December 17: 9.30am, All Age Nativity service. Suitable for all the family. Go dressed as a shepherd, angel or king to take part in the service. Special guest appearance by the donkey. Refreshments in the Parish Hall after the service; play area for little ones.

  6pm, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Christmas Eve: 8am, Holy Communion; 10am, Family Communion; 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm, Crib services; 11.30pm, The First Communion of Christmas (The choir will sing carols from 11pm).

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

New Year's Eve: 8am, Holy Communion; 10am, Family Communion.


lSee also What's on - Music on this website for other concerts at St Mary's.

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

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.




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



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.

Occasional Sundays: 6pm worship. Cafe Church - more relaxed worship in a café-style atmosphere. Refreshments.

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


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".



The Rev Charlotte Lorimer (telephone: 01270 618872). E-mail: clorimer826@btinternet.com.

The Rev Malcolm G. Lorimer has retired from active ministry after 40 years' service, but he will still be seen in Church from time to time. 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.

Christmas at Hospital Street

Christmas Eve: 10.30am, Traditional Carol Service; 11.30pm,Communion Service.

Christmas Day: 10am, Christmas Day Service.

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 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.


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 and fourth Tuesday of the month


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 'n' More on the first Saturday of every month, 12 noon to 2pm.


A coffee morning is held on Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon.


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


Men's Supper Club, 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month.


Women's Fellowship, 2.30pm, on the second Thursday of the month


Family Film Club (Nantwich Family Films @ 4), which started at Hospital Street Methodist Church has moved. Films are screened on the first Sunday of the month at 4pm (doors open 3.45pm) at the Olive Conference Centre at Regents Park off London Road. More information on What's On - Organisations on this website.


l READ about the church with a 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 in Market Street

December 17: 6pm, Carol Service.

Christmas Eve: 6pm, Reflective 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 services at St Anne's

Christmas Eve: 10.30am, Mass; 6.30pm, Family Mass; 9pm, Mass.

Christmas Day: 10.30am, Mass.

December 26: 10am, The Feast of St Stephen Mass.


Mondays, 10am: Seniors' Coffee Club (except Bank Holidays).

Tuesdays, 3.15pm alternate weeks: House Group at the home of Louise and Alan Mumford.

Thursday, 2pm: Healing and Wholeness Prayer Circle. First Thursday of each month. 

Broad Lane Methodist Church

Audlem Road

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.


Sunday services

2.15pm: Afternoon service (November to February).

First Sunday of the month: Sankey Gospel Service.

6.30pm: Evening service (March to October)


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


Christmas at Broad Lane

December 17: 2.15pm, Christmas Carol Service


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


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See website for other activities and information, and Facebook.

See this page for events at Regent's Park.


Christmas at Regent's Park

Christmas Eve: 10.30am to 12 noon, "Love Christmas" service. 10am, Breakfast. A glass of mulled wine after the service..

Christmas Day: 11am to 12 noon, Christmas Day service.

New Year's Eve: 11am to 12 noon, "Love New Year's Eve" service; 6pm, "Love New Year's Eve" service, followed by a party. 


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.


In December they will be in town of Friday 23rd, Boxing Day night and New Year's Eve.


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 


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 for the energetic. So far, visitors from America and New Zealand and elsewhere have called in. Contacts: Stephen Davies (07731 800663) or Deana Emerton (01270 624889).


Christmas at St Mary's

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

Christmas Day: 11am, Holy Communion.


Christmas at St Bartholomew's

December 14: 7.30pm, Christmas Round the Tree, with the Co-op Funeral Care Brass Band. Mulled wine and mince pies. A torch, gloves and warm hat recommended.

December 17: 11am, Messy Church Christmas Concert.

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


Christmas at St David's

December 3: 6pm, Christingle service.

December 17: 6.30pm, Carol service.

Christmas Eve: 6pm, Crib service.


Christmas at St Oswald's

December 3: 4pm, Advent Carol Service

December 17: Carol service, 6.30pm.

Christmas Eve: 5pm, Crib service.

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 has launched 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'

Christmas Eve: 8.15am, Holy Communion; 11am, Morning Prayer; 4pm, Crib Service; 11.15pm, First Communion of Christmas.

Christmas Day: 8.15am, Holy Communion; 10.30am, Family Communion.

New Year's Eve: 8.15am, 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.

Joint website


Ministry team:

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


oThe Rev Ruth Harrison, 01270 812010

  Christmas services


December 3: 4pm, Christingle service, Wrenbury. 6pm, Christingle service, Burleydam.

December 17: 6.30pm, Carol service, Wrenbury.

December 18: 7pm, Carol service, Burleydam.

December 23: 7pm, Carol service, Baddiley.

Christmas Eve: 3pm, Crib service, Wrenbury; 11.15pm: Midnight Communion, Wrenbury.

Christmas Day: 9.15am, Holy Communion, Burleydam; 10.30am, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer), Baddiley.

New Year's Eve: 11am, United Benefice service of Holy Communion, Baddiley.



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.


E-mail: circuitadmin@mac.com



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










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

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 Church

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: 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.


Minister: the Rev Malcolm G. Lorimer

Telephone: 01270 625278.


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





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



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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