St Mary's Church Melton Mowbray

St Mary the Virgin Thorpe Arnold

St James' Church Burton Lazars

St Bartholomew's Church Welby

St Leonard's Sysonby

St Mary's Freeby


Our Churches serve the Communities of Melton Mowbray, Thorpe Arnold, Burton Lazars, Welby, Sysonby and Freeby.

Our Mission is to be

“Open to God by placing God at the centre of our lives and sharing Gods love with all“
We welcome you to come and join in!

Welcome to the Melton Mowbray Team Parish!

There’s so much useful and interesting information about our Team Parish on this, our new website – do take time to explore it.


And, if possible, we look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Every Blessing,
Mary (Barr)
Team Rector 

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do contact Julia, the Website Administrator by email


Church Services across the Team Parish

Life Events

Weddings, Baptisms and Thanks Giving for the gift of a child, Confirmation, Funerals and Memorial Services.

Latest News

Keep up to date with news and events


It is the House of Bishops policy that parishes need to display information about their safeguarding arrangements.

Team Rector Writes


Dear Friends

Life is busy! And church life is no exception – not least with lots of meetings, including those to do with Minster Communities. In the midst of all this business it’s all too easy to ‘lose sight of the wood for the trees’. The urgent practicalities on the list of things that must be done can cause us to lose sight of our vision and purpose as disciples of Jesus and members of His Body, the Church.

The word ‘leadership’ comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning route, way, direction of travel; it is linked with the idea of going somewhere together with others. Those in church leadership are responsible for discerning God’s route, God’s way ahead for His people. This is not just the task of ordained clergy and licensed lay ministers and church wardens; it is about collaboration with everyone on the Parochial Church Council, the PCC. While the ‘incumbent’ Rector / Vicar has some unique responsibilities in the life of the church, meaning that there is a ‘buck stops here’ element to the incumbent’s role, it is Jesus who is the head of His Church. So the incumbent, together with the Wardens and other licensed ministers and all the PCC members are called to take their lead from Jesus. And then to co-operate in discerning how to enable the church to get on with God’s mission and ministry in their particular context.

We are now in the season of Annual Church Meetings for our DCCs (District Church Councils) leading up to the APCM – the Annual Parochial Church Meeting for the whole Team Parish. This year our APCM is on 16th May at 7pm. The APCM receives reports on changes to the electoral roll, general parish activities and financial matters, and also elects new members to the PCC and to deanery synod.

In a Team Parish like ours, the representatives from the various church communities inevitably have a lot of business to get through at each PCC meeting. To help us to do this more effectively while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, ‘the pioneer and perfecter of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:2), our PCC meeting are going to start by using the CPAS resource “PCC Tonight”. This resource is designed to help us make the very best use of our meeting time – so that discussions and decisions bless all our congregations and enrich our worship, encourage our mission and help us to serve our local communities.

If you are not yet a DCC or PCC member, and would like to consider standing for election, do have a word with me and/or your church warden. If serving on the PCC is not something you could offer, please do show your support by attending the Annual Meetings and, above all, by praying for our PCC throughout the coming year. Perhaps you might use this prayer regularly (substituting ‘we’ and ‘us’ for ‘they’ and ‘them’ if you are a PCC member).

Heavenly Father, thank You for those who serve on the PCC. We pray that, as they (we) consider the mission and ministry of the churches in our Melton Team Parish, You will gift them (us) with wisdom and courage. Help them (us) to work well together, to seek Your will, and to take action for the future, that Your kingdom may come. In Jesus’ name.

Yours in Christ’s service,

Upcoming Events

Annual Church Meetings 2024

Church of St James, Burton Lazars
on: Sunday 14th April
in:  St James’ Church
at: following the 11.15am Holy Communion Service

Church of St Mary, Melton Mowbray
On: Monday 15th April
in: St Mary’s Church
at: 7.00pm
followed by Cheese & Wine

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
on: Wednesday 17th April
in: Thorpe Arnold Church
at: 7.30pm



Advance Notice of North Path Closure week commencing 8th March 2024

The church will be open as usual but please check the weekly news for any updates.

Due to the demolition of the chimney the North Path Access, will be closed ( no access from Burton Street, Samworth Centre footpath and note the North Door.

Therefore please access the Church via the front door either by the Market Place and Church Street, access or Burton Street Anne of Cleaves footpath or alternatively the Council Car Park side and Public Park footpath.

St Marys Church, Melton Mowbray

Opening Times

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am – 2pm

Thursdays and Fridays 10.00am to 12.00pm

Interested How to Become a St Mary’s Melton Mowbray Church Welcomer.

Could you join the team to help now and again, two hours a month two hours a week? Please speak to Brenda or Tony Rous in church or call 077749144149, for more information.

How to Find Us

St. Mary’s Church – Melton Mowbray

St. Mary’s Church – Melton Mowbray

8 Burton Street, Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire, LE13 1AE
United Kingdom

St. Mary’s Church – Melton Mowbray

St. Mary's Church
Church Street Melton Mowbray LE13 0PW

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold



LE14 4RU

St James' Church, Burton Lazars


St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby

St Leonard's Church, Sysonby

St Mary’s Church Freeby