Welcome to St.Mary’s Church, Alderley.

COVID-19

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

You are invited to pray at home every morning at 9.15am at the same time as the Rector – the Revd Jon Hale.  The Bible readings that are set for each morning are given on our Facebook page where you will also find the Church of England’s prayer for the day and a short video by the Rector every day.  If you would like to receive the Rector’s weekly letter during the current public health emergency, please contact the Revd Jon Hale as below and he will send it to you.

The Revd Jon Hale can be contacted by telephoning 01625 585440 or by email alderleyandbirtles@gmail.com

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

For more information, including information about funerals during the current public health emergency please go to the Church of England’s COVID 19 webpage: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

St.Mary’s Church is the Church of England parish church for the parish of Alderley which comprises Nether Alderley and Great Warford.  And many people from further afield worship regularly at St.Mary’s Church and belong here.

Our worship is a mix of traditional and contemporary. 

St.Mary’s Church is a partner with St.Catherine’s Church, Birtles: the two churches comprise a ‘Joint Benefice’.  
https://www.stcatherinebirtles.org.uk/welcome.htm.

The church building dates from the early 14th Century.  In the churchyard, at the gate, stands the former Nether Alderley Boys’ School, dating from the 17th Century.  Go to http://www.stmarysalderley.com/ to learn about St.Mary’s Church heritage.

St.Mary’s Church works with Nether Alderley Parish Council to manage and improve Nether Alderley Parish Hall, which is the former Boys’ School at the churchyard entrance.  Go to https://www.netheralderleyparish.com/ to learn more about Nether Alderley Parish Council.

St.Mary’s Church lies close to Nether Alderley Mill which is run by the National Trust, and which is open at weekend for visitors.  Go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nether-alderley-mill to learn about Nether Alderley Mill. 

It has been suggested that St.Mary’s Church is only a ‘heritage site’ which is only open occasionally for visits, but St.Mary’s Church is a lively parish church which confesses Christ crucified and present among us as we meet for worship.  So come along for worship at either 9.45am or 6.30pm every Sunday to find out more.

Baptism (Christening) is entry into Christian life.  In Baptism we are bound to Christ in his death and Resurrection.  Contact the Rector to find out more or go to https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings

Marriage is a commitment for life: it is soul-business and best done in church.  Contact the Rector to find out more or go to https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/weddings

Death is the last taboo, but death is a natural part of life.  To find out more about funerals contact the Rector to find out more or go to https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals

St.Mary’s Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.  We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.

If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/safeguarding

The Rector of St.Mary’s Church is the Reverend Jon Hale.