About Us 

St. Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray

Situated in the centre of Melton Mowbray, St. Mary's provides a centre for the community at large as well as the faithful. The building is an architectural gem with parts dating back to about 1170. The beautiful pictures below were taken by Warwickshire visitor Andrew Nicholson in June 2012.  Scroll down for more!

 

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However, we are more than a beautiful building! St. Mary's is a lovely gathering of people seeking and serving God. The church building is a popular venue for services, weddings, baptisms and musical concerts. Near the church is the Samworth Centre, the Parish Administrative Office,  

 

St. Mary's provides a focus for the town for many events, including the annual British Pie Festival.  People come from all over the United Kingdom (and even overseas!) for the famous Christmas Tree Festival. 

 

Our organ, the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial organ, named after our illustrious choirmaster and organist from 1914-1924, provides joy for many with our regular organ recitals.

 

We have a regular Sunday congregation of well over 150 adults and children, and the number of worshippers is raising.  On Sundays, there are regular services at 8AM and 10AM, with Choral Evensong with the Choir on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.  We also have weekday services and you can find a complete listing of these by clicking here.  Our services vary in style in the course of the month, so there is sure to be one that meets your needs.  We are a friendly, caring and open church community and welcome newcomers.

 

Our Director of Music, James Gutteridge, is a talented organist and choirmaster.  Our choir is comprised of adults and children.  If you are interested in singing and music email james_gutteridge@yahoo.co.uk.

 

In addition to our variety of services, some held in the church and some in the Samworth Centre, we have a host of social organisations and groups which you are welcome to join.

 

VISITORS WELCOME!

The church is open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 4, with volunteers on hand to show you around or help with any questions.   We welcome many thousands of daily visitors to our beautiful church. Many visitors comment on the special atmosphere in St Mary’s, its warmth and the welcome given by our wonderful band of churchwatchers.  On special days we have tours of the Bell Tower!  Books on the church are available for sale at the back of the church along with a lovely selection of gifts and cards.  After visiting our church, do have a cup of tea at the Samworth Centre Cafe next door.

 

More photos of visitor Andrew Nicholson, who was so taken by our church that he shared the photos he took of the church and Church Land.  Do enjoy them below:

 

THE RUNNING OF THE CHURCH

 

 

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We are kept in good running order by our churchwardens, Roger Kirby and John Spence.  Find out what's been happening in the church recently by clicking here.
 

 

St. Mary's District Church Council (the DCC) meets regularly through the year to reflect and discuss on decisions concerning the life and activities of St Mary’s.  The DCC is made up of a number of people representing many aspects of St Mary’s life:  the clergy, churchwardens & readers, St Mary’s Parish Church C ouncil representatives, St Mary’s Deanery Synod representatives, St Mary’s pastoral assistants and the elected DCC representatives.  There are six committees: Eco Issues, Fabric, Finance, Pastoral, Social and Worship & Learning. There is also a Standing Committee which meets to set the agenda for the next meeting. The committees are where most of the work and discussion goes on, this is then reported back to the DCC’s main meeting for approval of any ‘official’ action.

 
The work and discussions of the council are many and varied. If you would like to have an input did you realise that you can join one of the committees, whose remit you are interested in, as a non-DCC member? New faces and hands are always welcome.
 

 

HISTORY and ARCHITECTURE

 
"Leicestershire's most sophisticated church, even before we go inside." from England's Thousand Best Churches, author Simon Jenkins, published by Penguin Books)


St Mary’s Parish Church, in the centre of the market town of Melton Mowbray, is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese. It is certainly the finest. St Mary’s is a grand cruciform church with transepts and a crossing tower. The tower of scrubbed limestone has dominated the town for centuries.


St. Mary's Church dates mainly from the 13th-15th centuries. The stonework in the lowest section of the tower, which has Norman windows, dates from 1170, although there were certainly one or more Anglo-Saxon churches on this site before the Norman one. It is built on a plan more usual for cathedrals and the 100-foot tower dominates the town, and is a rare example of a parish church with aisled transepts (one of only five in the country) a feature usually found only in a cathedral.


The belfry contains ten bells. The earliest bell (No.6) is by John of York dating from the fourteenth century. Most of the rest have been recast. Until 1802 there were only six bells: then two more were added and in 1894 a further two made the total ten. In addition there is a small sanctus bell which dates from the seventeenth century.


The carillon, on which chimes are played two times a day (at 12 noon and 3pm), was restored in 1938. 

 

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Sunday and Easter Services 
To find out where and when Sunday and Easter Services are being held whilst St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is closed read on... More ...
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Don't miss your chance to win £50 in our super cryptic quiz set by Len Hunter, pictured, entitled "ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL". It has 85 clues on the flora and fauna of the world. Closing date will be 31st March, 2017. For more details, read on... More ...
Electoral Roll Revision 
The Revision of the Church Electoral Roll this year will be carried out from Saturday, 18th March finishing on Saturday, 8th April prior to the Annual General Meeting for the Team Parish of Melton Mowbray, due to take place on 25th April. More ...
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Church building blessed
Members of the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, saw the building blessed on Sunday, The Feast of the Epiphany (January 8th) before processing to Parkside for their first service in Melton Borough Council offices. More ...
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Change of venue for book
The Book of Remembrance has had to be moved from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to the Samworth Centre for people to view due to the re-ordering project in the church. More ...
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Morning Prayer has moved
Morning Prayer has moved from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, due to the re-ordering project. More ...
St Mary’s Church Melton Mowbray  Sunday Services…
Find out where services for St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be held in the next month. More ...
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Out with the old, and in with the new!
Out with the old and looking forward to the new was the theme for the New Year's Day service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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All change at St Mary's
Due to the major building work which is due to start in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in the new year, January 1st, 2017, will be our last day in the “old” church. More ...
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In the festive mood
A fantastic evening, guaranteed to get any Ebenezer Scrooge in the festive mood, was held in the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday night (December 18th). More ...
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Nativity in the picture
A beautiful Nativity scene is now in place in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. For more pictures read on... More ...
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Candle-lit Advent Carol Service
A Candle-lit Advent Carol Service of readings and Advent hymns proved the ideal preparation for the Christmas season in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (November 27th). More ...
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Thanks from Storehouse 
A letter has just been received from Storehouse thanking the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, for a recent donation. More ...
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It's St Mary's, by George! 
Local singer/songwriter George Simpson, pictured, features St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in the video for his latest single "Move On" which has just been released. To find out more, read on... More ...
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Tiny Tots' service
Please note that the Tiny Tots group is now not meeting on Thursday, July 14th, as advertised and will meet again next term on Thursday, 1st September. More ...
Church plans scrutinised 
The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) made their planned visit to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday, May 13th. More ...
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