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At St Mary's Church, you will find worship which is based on the Book of Common Prayer but including a high standard of choral music. Come and experience the beauty of this medieval building alongside words and music which lift the heart, mind and soul towards God. You will find a welcome from a congregation which is drawn from a wide area, attracted by a church which retains the best of the past while embracing modern approaches to belief and faith.
St Mary's is a large Grade I listed early-fifteenth century building in the Lace Market with seating for up to 700 people and a member of the Greater Churches Group. The fabric is in good repair. A £250,000 restoration of the exterior between 15 and 20 years ago replaced decaying stonework and large sections of the roofing. In 2003 the electrical services were completely renewed. The churchyard, perimeter walls and railings are maintained by Nottingham City Council under an agreement which gives public access to the churchyard during the day.
St Mary's is the Civic Church to the City of Nottingham. A service to welcome the new Lord Mayor of Nottingham is held each year, as is the Civic Carol Service. The local judiciary attend a service to mark the start of the legal year and other organisations including The University of Nottingham and Nottingham High School also hold services in the church.
Because of its large capacity, St Mary’s provides an invaluable resource for all sorts of special occasions which require plenty of space (see also Cultural Engagement with the City). For many years the city centre was not a residential area. New apartments in former Lace Market factories have attracted new residents into the parish but many travel out of the city at weekends so the congregation remains almost entirely eclectic. Most of the Sunday congregation is from the suburbs, drawn by the architecture, the choral style or the traditional language and formal liturgy. Visiting preachers from cathedrals, churches and academic institutions are a feature of services in Lent and at other special services. The two principal Sunday services and Evensong on Wednesdays are usually choral with a wide variety of music sung to a high standard. The organ and choral scholarship scheme attracts tertiary level students, some of whom remain in the choir after completing their education.
Overall, the congregation of typically 75 to 90 is more of a mixture socioeconomically than is often imagined including higher proportions of single adults than average. It is particularly true of Choral Evensong that a high proportion of the congregation will be occasional visitors.
Mid-week services and lunchtime concerts accommodate city workers and shoppers.
In 2013 a new stone floor was installed, with a striking design by the artist and designer Tess Jaray.
Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm
For information on service times at All Saints', St Mary's & St Peter's, visit the services page
All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
St Mary's Church - High Pavement, NG1 1HN
St Peter's Church - St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW
Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.
The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencer.
0115 948 3658 (+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)
If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.