Who we are

We’re a community of people of all ages and from all walks of life.
We don’t come to church because we’re perfect people, but because we want to grow in our faith, we want to worship, we want to serve, and we want to share God’s love with our community in practical ways.

We’re active partners in Churches Together in Furness and work closely with other churches in the Ulverston district.

 

Our church’s vision:

Belong to Christ
Put Jesus at the centre
Know God personally
Worship God in Spirit and truth
Apply the Bible to our lives
Represent all ages and backgrounds
Meet together regularly
Work in partnership with other churches
Grow in Christ
Become more like Christ
Pray continually
Encourage and support one another within small groups
Discover and use our God-given gifts
Encourage the ministry of healing
Give appropriate nurture and training
Provide accountable leadership
Share His Love
Share our faith in Christ
Share our buildings and resources
Serve the needy through prayer, finance and practical action
Support family life
Support mission locally and worldwide
Promote peace and justice
Welcome everyone and help them to know God

We’re a modern, outward-looking church with ancient roots.

St. Mary’s has been the Parish Church of Ulverston for 900 years.
St. Mary’s has been the Parish Church of Ulverston for 900 years. Nobody knows exactly when the first church was built on this site, but most people believe that a church was founded here in 1111 AD. In the reign of Henry II (1154-89) the church in Ulverston was placed in the care of the monks from Conishead Priory. The church also paid an annual sum to Furness Abbey.

During the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, both Furness Abbey and Conishead Priory were destroyed. The church in Ulverston became the property of the crown and was restored during the next 50 years using stone taken from both Furness Abbey and Conishead Priory. The first Vicar was Leonard Fell. The Fells were an important local family and have many connections with the church.

The present tower was built between 1540-60 with money left to the church by a later Leonard Fell (not the first vicar) on his death in 1542. It is said that this replaced an earlier steeple that collapsed, possibly following a storm, damaging much of the church building. Most of the church was rebuilt and restored in the 19th century. The first restoration was carried out in 1804. Further work was undertaken in 1864 and 1902.

In 2008/9 the interior of the church was re-ordered to bring it up to date for modern forms of worship as well as to provide a meeting and refreshment area.