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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.

St Mary's is a Grade 1 listed building and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England.


The church is open to visitors from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.


Sunday services

The Covid-19 pandemic may cause services to change. See the right-hand column.

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 the 9.30am and 10.45am in the Parish Hall.

9.30am: All Age Worship (live streamed).

10.45am: Holy Communion (live streamed).

2.30pm: Baptisms.

3.30pm: Baptisms.

6pm: A variety of services are held 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 open from 9am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday, and will close at 3.30pm on Wednesdays. The office is in Church Walk which leads to St Mary's from The Square (town centre). Telephone: 01270 625268.

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


The Church Shop is in the north west corner of the church with a selection of stock. It is unstaffed. Payment for items purchased can be made in the pillar boxes, or a contactless device near to the West Door. This allows payments of between £3 and £30.


The South porch is one of two entrances to the church. The West door is the other.


Further information about the church appears in the "This Week" leaflet or "This Month", the church magazine. Note: The leaflet can be found on the church's website online. The "This Week" newsletter is available on request by e-mail.

   The monthly magazine, "This Month", can be found at the entrance to the nave and is available with the weekly notices.


Nantwich Parish Church Preservation Appeal Fund

Chairman: Paul Ramsey, 01270 623093.

Treasurer: Neil Timperley, 01270 524395.

   Work to date includes preservation of the church externally and cleaning and restoration of the misericords (ornate choir stalls) in the Chancel. Further work is planned.


Live images of a peal of the church bells (ringing time three hours plus) were transmitted to two television screens in the nave of St Mary's Church, giving visitors something different to look at. The screens normally show services but this time there was a view of the eight ringers in the ringing chamber and the bells in the tower. Details of the peal were printed in the bellringers' journal, "The Ringing World". See here https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1519515.


Summer Lunchtime Concerts are taking place at St Mary's from June 9 to August 11. These will be staged on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection.  See this page for details.


A "Musicthon" fundraising event for St Mary's Parish Church will take place on Saturday, July 16, from 10.30am to 4pm, featuring live music - solo performances, groups and choirs. All proceeds will go to the church.

Covid Guidance

 You should not enter church if you have Covid or untested Covid symptoms.

 If you need to maintain distance, consider attending one of the quieter services.

 Please be sensitive to others who may wish to maintain a distance.

 Hand sanitisers are provided at each entrance.

 Holy Communion is now offered in both kinds, but people are free to receive only the consecrated Bread if they choose. Please receive from the cup only by drinking, not by intincting (dipping) the wafer.


Face coverings in church are required by law, apart from exemptions.

   The 9.30am service on the first Sunday of the month is not live streamed as it features children.

   Live streaming will take place on the rest of the months' 9.30am services. The 10.30am services through the month will be on line. 

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



This kneeler in the North Transept marks the visit of the Rt Rev Libby Lane, the 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



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).


Church websites: www.stmarysnantwich.org.uk   https://www.facebook.com/stmarysnantwich.org,uk

Nantwich Methodist Church

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, 01270 812820



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 12noon 52 Saturdays a year. The rides are free for all ages but a donation for children's charities is welcome.

   Currently the donations have raised £13,500 for Creative Hands, Under the Mango Tree, Railway Children, and Hope House.

l READ more about The Church with the Train here.



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.


Due to Covid, church activities have been restarted with limited numbers. A weekly newsletter and service has been prepared and distributed. See Home Worship Services on the website. If you wish to attend a service contact 01270 611942.

Noah's Ark Toddlers Group

Held on Tuesdays, from 1.15pm to 2.30pm (term time only). All welcome.

"For bumps, babies and toddlers. Stories, songs and crafts. Cup of tea for adults.

Suggested donation £2.50."

   For more information contact Kathryn on 1108lw2@gmail.com 


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.

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



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 Robin Fox, 01270 812820.


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.







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.






Nantwich Street Pastors have volunteers from the six churches in town. They are on patrol from 11pm until 3.30am on some Tuesdays (studens't 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.

    New volunteers are needed


Chairman: Rod Greenow, 07967 741359

Secretary: Simon Bowen, 01270 628086

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

St Mary's Church has been designated as a Grade 1 listed building since 1967. 


The Vicar: The Rev Anne Lawson, 01270 628864.


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

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.org.

Church Minshull: www.stbartschurchminshull.org.uk

Wettenhall: www.wettenhallchurch.org.uk

Worleston: www.worlestonchurch.org.uk 



Public worship having resumed, many services are also being held on Zoom, WhatsApp and via e-mailed resources. Changes may need to be made depending on the Covid-19 infection rate.

Tea at the Tower

THE community cafe, Tea at the Tower, is normally held every Sunday afternoon (2.30pm to 4.30pm) at St Mary's. 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).                     www.stmarysacton.com/tea-at-the-tower


Monthly Guided Circular Walks. There are two walks - one of six miles which will start at 12.30pm with walkers back for around 3.30pm; and a four-mile walk starting at the usual time of 1pm, and back around 3pm. 

   Walks at a relaxed pace, mainly on the canal towpath and lanes. Stout outdoor shoes or walking shoes or boots are recommended. Dogs on leads are welcome. Walkers will be back in time for tea. (See Tea in the Tower, above). All welcome.

   There is no charge but donations are gratefully received. Contact Nick Harley, lead walker, on 01270 620612 or 07710 983125. Parking is available in the village car park across the Chester road from St Mary's.

   Dates of the next walks are July 3: the Tea at the Tower Summer Challenge of eight miles; August 7; and September 4.  

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 


Vicar: The Rev Alison Fulford. She is also Rural Dean in the Nantwich Deanery.


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 Chad's Church, Wybunbury:


Main Road, Wybunbury, Nantwich, CW5 7LS.


St John the Evangelist, Doddington:




Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of services are screened on Zoom. Attendance in person at services in St James must be booked in advance "to limit numbers". Contact the Church Warden, Peter Ellis, on 01270 812227.

   Covid precautions will need to be taken with the wearing of face coverings and social distancing.

Sundays: 11am, Holy Communion or Morning Prayer.

Wednesdays: 11am, Morning Prayer or Holy Communion.




The church is seeking donations to restore the church bells. It is running a Church Fabric Fund appeal for substantial repairs to the church, particularly the tower. See the church's website for details of this work. 


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.




o The Crewe and Nantwich meeting of the Quakers is held on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of each month at 3pm, at Coppenhall Methodist Church, Bradfield Road, Crewe, CW1 3RB (B5076). The car park is at the rear of the building on Cliffe Road.  




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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 Church. (See the paragraph, left).

   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.