Explore the St Mary’s community

Our Groups

All of our regular church groups are listed below, you are welcome to join us!

Whether it's a men's walking group, or something for the children, here at St Mary's we aim to provide a fun, sociable and welcoming environment for anybody who gets involved.

Click on the group links below to find out more about each group and when it meets. For any more general enquiries about our groups and how to get involved, please email [email protected]. Would you like to have a chat over a brew?  If so contact Isabel - 35950 or Lis - 35406.  Details on the attached flyer:  Pastoral C Flyer


Cartmel Priory Secondary School

Supporting our local community

Our Church also has very strong links with the local Church of England Secondary School in Cartmel. Rev Rach is a member of the governing body and is actively involved in collective worship. Two people from our congregation also serve as foundation governors. For more information about the school please visit: http://www.cartmelprioryschool.co.uk

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Amanda Fogg and can be contacted on 015395 34341 or at: [email protected]


Allithwaite Primary School

Supporting our local community

At St. Mary’s we are very blessed to have very strong links with our local primary school, which is a Church of England School. Rev Rach, along with two other members of our church, serves on the governing body. A number of people from our church community help out in various ways in the school.

As well as leading the collective worship once a week, Rev Rach attends many of the school’s trips and residentials. For more information about the school please visit: http://www.allithwaite.cumbria.sch.uk

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Amanda Fogg who can be contacted on 015395 34341 or at: [email protected]


Monday Morning Collective Worship

Breakfast at 8.45am, followed by Collective Worship with Allithwaite School, all welcome.

During the school term we meet in church for an informal breakfast – (tea and toast) before the children and staff join us from the school. We then spend time together thinking about the Christian Value for the term. We also have a time of singing and the school children lead us in our prayers.

Men’s Walking Group

“Field and Fountain, Moor and Mountain”

From the Lake District to the Yorkshire Dales, From Blencathra to Pen-y-Ghent.

A group of up to 12 of us (and up to 4 dogs) walk twice a month – more or less whatever the weather. A mixture of low level strolls, and more challenging fell walks up to 8 miles. Suitable stops for coffee, lunch and inevitably ending near a pub.

As well as the fresh air and exercise, plenty of time for chatting about important things – broadband speed, potholes etc., generally putting the world to rights. But also a great chance for fellowship and getting to know one another better, as well as enjoying the wonderful countryside around us.
Want to come and join us? (and discuss the future of driverless cars!), ring John Arthurs on 015395 35406.

Saturday 15th September – Family walk and Picnic

We will be walking about 4 miles from Milnthorpe via Fairy Steps and Beetham, stopping in Beetham churchyard for a picnic.  Starting point: take the Arnside road to Milnthorpe and park in the road on the right just before Milnthorpe Bridge, meet for 10.30am.  Non-walkers, please join us a Beetham church for a picnic about 12.20pm.  Any questions please ring 35406.

PS: We also have occasional evening dinner outings with the ladies.

Sunday School

Welcoming children from the age 2 and upwards

The children meet regularly each Sunday morning during normal church services either for their own groups in the Mary Lambert Hall or together in church when there is an all age service (3rd Sunday of the month). We usually do a joint activity and then split into two groups according to age.

We welcome all children from the age of 2 upwards, (preschool children with their parents until they are have settled in). We follow the Scripture Union’s ‘Light’ booklets and use a variety of games, drama and craft activities to discover the excitement of Bible stories and teaching and regularly share our stories with the rest of the congregation when returning to the church service.

For more information please contact Jean Bell on 015395 36789 or [email protected]

Rock Solid

Our weekly children's group for years 3-8

Rock Solid is a weekly children’s group for Years 3-8, which meets each Friday during term time (5.30-7.00pm). We aim to provide fun and laughter, through games, craft, songs, whilst learning about the Christian faith.

Special events have included, swimming, Hampsfell picnic, Christmas party, and Arnside fish and chip supper with treasure hunt and games.

For more information please contact Jean Bell on 015395 36789 or [email protected]

Messy Church

For people of all ages - experience a fun-filled Christian community!

Messy Church draws people of all ages together and invites them to experience a fun-filled Christian community outside of regular Sunday Worship. We hold it once a term, in church, usually Monday 3.15-5.30pm and it is a chance for children to take part in a variety of craft activities and games, followed by a short celebration and a simple meal.

Jesus got his hands messy and met people with their messy lives to help give them a solution. Messy church is just that and it is a wonderful way of using creativity and food to help people come closer to God and each other.

For more information please contact Jean Bell on 015395 36789 or [email protected]

Christmas Messy Church.

We love it when our friends at St. Mary’s Church run Messy Church after school for children and parents to go and be creative. This time the theme was all about a ’Stress less Christmas‘ and how we can pray to God to help us.

The children made advent candles, ‘Keep Calm’ bags for Mum’s, stress balls and tree decorations. Thank you Jean and her team.

Photos Christmas Messy Church