The offering of an open Church building and an outward looking worshipping community, remain dominant signs on the cultural landscape, pointing to nothing less than the deep generosity and openness of God, who promises his people that ‘there are many rooms in my Father’s House’ – Martyn Percy

The Parish of St. Mary the Virgin in the Lace Market, Nottingham hopes to be a significant Place of Hospitality. A place where the hospitality of God can be encountered by all, regardless of gender, income, marital status, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, race or age.

For people who visit every day; people who may visit once in their lives; for the young and old; worshippers and pilgrims; historians and tourists… Welcome!


The week's events
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
16th June 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

12:00 pm: Interment of Ashes following morning service

12:00 pm: Interment of Ashes following morning service

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

8:00 pm: The Scholars' Concert

8:00 pm: The Scholars' Concert
17th June 2019

N/A: NC Fashion Event 09.00-22.00

N/A: NC Fashion Event 09.00-22.00

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
18th June 2019

9:00 am: NC Fashion-final clearance 09.00-11.00

9:00 am: NC Fashion-final clearance 09.00-11.00

6:00 pm: FOSM Annual Lecture

6:00 pm: FOSM Annual Lecture
19th June 2019

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong
20th June 2019

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

7:30 pm: Visiting Bell Ringers: from Melbourne, Derbys

7:30 pm: Visiting Bell Ringers: from Melbourne, Derbys
21st June 2019

5:00 pm: Lightest Night

5:00 pm: Lightest Night

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
22nd June 2019

7:30 pm: Nottingham Bach Choir Concert [Rehearsal 2-5]

7:30 pm: Nottingham Bach Choir Concert [Rehearsal 2-5]

Please check out our service times and details.

 

Safeguarding 
At St Mary’s, keeping children, young people and adults safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please use the contacts below.

In the Parish: Beth Mitchell
Safeguarding Coordinator: 07775707855

In the Diocese: Donna Bernard-Carlin,
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 01636 817200

Out of Hours for Children & Adults:
Nottinghamshire: 0300 456 4546
Nottingham City Council: 0115 876 1000
Bawtry: 01302 796 000

 

About St. Mary’s

Tom Gillum, our new Vicar, writes:

As someone new not just to St Mary’s, but to Nottingham and the East Midlands, I’d like to thank everyone for the amazing welcome we’ve received. Joanna and I are loving the bustle of the city and meeting lots of people. There is a real feeling of energy and I can’t wait to see how things develop.

We have an amazing opportunity at St Mary’s. With over 50,000 students in the city, and some already part of the church, I believe many will come, with us, to discover something of the stability and inspiration God brings into our lives – as happened to me when I was a student.

You’ll find the worship traditional, it’s all quite formal and we have a brilliant choir. We aim to allow you space to experience God’s presence in a stunningly beautiful space. I base all my sermons on the Bible, praying that God’s Holy Spirit will speak into the reality of each of our worlds.

I’d love to see the church filled with people praying together in both lament and hope as we engage with the realities of our world, near and far. I’m a hands on person, believing that, just as Jesus did, central to being a Christian is friendship with all people, especially those on the edges of life. And there’s nothing better than getting together for food, especially when it’s home made.

I feel that our strapline should be, “Nottingham is not complete without visiting St Mary’s” It’s been at the heart of the city for many centuries. You can see the big tower with a flag on the top from lots of points in the city. Did you know Robin Hood was arrested in it? You get in through the side door (Robin used a tunnel from the law courts) and with underfloor heating, it’s always warm.

Do come to a Service and please make sure you say hello – I’m easy to identify with my robes on!

Every blessing,
Tom



News

Follow these links to get information about more current activities and events happening at St. Mary’s:

 

Heritage

History

Monuments

Windows 

Christianity reached the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia in the mid seventh century and St. Mary’s was probably founded shortly afterwards. The original building was most likely to have been a wooden construction on the present site, close to the centre of old Nottingham.

At the time of the Domesday survey in 1086, Nottingham was a royal borough and St. Mary’s, as the only church, had royal status.

The present building is the third known to have stood here. It was constructed in stages during the 1300s and 1400s. It reflects the prosperity that Nottingham enjoyed during that period. Its magnificent architecture, huge windows and many monuments all bear witness to the funds poured into its construction by the guilds, merchants and gentry of Nottingham society. Such people were eager to ensure the safety of their souls after death -but also to demonstrate their growing status within the borough in a visible and impressive fashion.

The Reformation during the 1500s and the Civil Wars of 1642 – 1651 stripped the church of much of its original splendour -but not of its importance to Nottingham. Having survived desecrations, storms, riots and incendiary bombs, St. Mary’s has been restored many times and its present beauty owes much to the skills and sensitivity of the architects, artists and craftsmen of the last 200 years.

Today, it is a much loved focus of religious life and symbolises, as the city’s finest surviving mediæval building, the enduring stature of a great city.

Click around to discover more about the many monuments to be found in today’s church and its various stained glass windows, along with a more detailed explanation of its history.

Header image courtesy of Budby

Calendar

MonthWeekDay
June 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
26th May 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

1:00 pm: Wedding ceremony at 1.30pm

1:00 pm: Wedding ceremony at 1.30pm

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong
27th May 2019

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
28th May 2019 29th May 2019

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong
30th May 2019

7:30 am: Ascension Day Tower Service TBC

7:30 am: Ascension Day Tower Service TBC

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

7:30 pm: Ascension Day Solemn Eucharist

7:30 pm: Ascension Day Solemn Eucharist
31st May 2019

10:00 am: NTU Faith Ambassadors filming (Time tba)

10:00 am: NTU Faith Ambassadors filming (Time tba)

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
1st June 2019
2nd June 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

12:00 pm: Marriage Vows Renewal

12:00 pm: Marriage Vows Renewal

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme
3rd June 2019

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
4th June 2019

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme
5th June 2019

2:00 pm: Paul Hale - Organ

2:00 pm: Paul Hale - Organ

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme
6th June 2019

10:00 am: Modern Slavery Training Day

10:00 am: Modern Slavery Training Day

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme

7:00 pm: Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Programme
7th June 2019

6:00 pm: Orchestra of the Restoration: Rehearsal (18.00-22.00)

6:00 pm: Orchestra of the Restoration: Rehearsal (18.00-22.00)

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
8th June 2019

7:30 pm: Orchestra of the Restoration Concert (Rehearsal from12.00)

7:30 pm: Orchestra of the Restoration Concert (Rehearsal from12.00)
9th June 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong
10th June 2019

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
11th June 2019

12:30 pm: St Mary's Charity meeting

12:30 pm: St Mary's Charity meeting
12th June 2019

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong
13th June 2019

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion
14th June 2019

9:00 am: High School setting up

9:00 am: High School setting up

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: St Mary's Ringers Quarter-Peal

8:00 pm: St Mary's Ringers Quarter-Peal
15th June 2019

11:00 am: High School Founders Day

11:00 am: High School Founders Day

11:00 am: St Mary's Ringers for the High School Founder's Day

11:00 am: St Mary's Ringers for the High School Founder's Day
16th June 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

12:00 pm: Interment of Ashes following morning service

12:00 pm: Interment of Ashes following morning service

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

8:00 pm: The Scholars' Concert

8:00 pm: The Scholars' Concert
17th June 2019

N/A: NC Fashion Event 09.00-22.00

N/A: NC Fashion Event 09.00-22.00

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
18th June 2019

9:00 am: NC Fashion-final clearance 09.00-11.00

9:00 am: NC Fashion-final clearance 09.00-11.00

6:00 pm: FOSM Annual Lecture

6:00 pm: FOSM Annual Lecture
19th June 2019

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong
20th June 2019

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

7:30 pm: Visiting Bell Ringers: from Melbourne, Derbys

7:30 pm: Visiting Bell Ringers: from Melbourne, Derbys
21st June 2019

5:00 pm: Lightest Night

5:00 pm: Lightest Night

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
22nd June 2019

7:30 pm: Nottingham Bach Choir Concert [Rehearsal 2-5]

7:30 pm: Nottingham Bach Choir Concert [Rehearsal 2-5]
23rd June 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong
24th June 2019

12:00 pm: Good Shepherd School Lunch

12:00 pm: Good Shepherd School Lunch

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
25th June 2019

11:00 am: Guided Tour

11:00 am: Guided Tour
26th June 2019

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong
27th June 2019

N/A: QMC Dinner [Provisional]

N/A: QMC Dinner [Provisional]

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion
28th June 2019

N/A: Gin Society Festival tbc

N/A: Gin Society Festival tbc

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
29th June 2019

N/A: Gin Society Festival tbc

N/A: Gin Society Festival tbc
30th June 2019

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

10:45 am: Sunday Sung Eucharist

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong

6:30 pm: Sunday Choral Evensong
1st July 2019

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice

7:30 pm: Bell Ringing Practice
2nd July 2019

N/A: BACR dinner [provisional]

N/A: BACR dinner [provisional]
3rd July 2019

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

5:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong

6:15 pm: Wednesday Choral Evensong
4th July 2019

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

1:15 pm: Thursday Holy Communion

7:30 pm: IHBC reception 4.30-11.00 [provisional]

7:30 pm: IHBC reception 4.30-11.00 [provisional]
5th July 2019

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
6th July 2019

7:30 pm: Nottingham Symphony Orchestra Concert [Rehearsal from 12.30pm]

7:30 pm: Nottingham Symphony Orchestra Concert [Rehearsal from 12.30pm]