St. Mary’s Church – Melton Mowbray

Mission Statement

  • Bringing people to a knowledge of God
  • Providing spiritual and pastoral commitment within the Parish and the wider community
  • Being open to all in sharing the mission of Jesus
  • Worshiping together in the churches of our Parish

Although St. Mary’s is a large town centre church, we guarantee you a warm welcome whenever you visit or attend our services. Described as the ‘Stateliest Parish Church in Leicestershire’ by Pevsner, it dominates the town centre Church Street Melton Mowbray LE13 0PW.  Dating from 1170, with many additions up to the 1500’s until it became the building you see today. Internal re-ordering has also been done over the centuries with major works by the Victorians in 1865, and again by us in 2017.


Exterior Picture by Paul Reece


In the past we have welcomed many thousands of daily visitors to our beautiful church, many of whom comment on the special atmosphere in St. Mary’s. It’s warmth and the welcome given by our wonderful band of Church Welcomers. Information on our Building its history and windows is available on entry, and we have a lovely selection of Christian cards and gifts, many of them locally made, at the west end sales area.

We are open for visitors and those who want a quiet space to reflect and pray, as follows.


from 10.00am until 2.00 pm


from 10.00am until 2.00pm


from 10.00am until 12 noon


from 10.00am until 12 noon


from 10.00am until 2.00pm


These vary in style during the course of the month, so there is sure to be one that meets your needs. We are a friendly and open church community and welcome newcomers.

After our 10.00am services we serve light refreshments in our North Transept café area.

1st Sunday


Holy Communion, with choir


Parish Communion (less formal) with choir

Choral Evensong sung by the choir


Holy Communion, with choir


Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer

All age Worship

Choral Evensong sung by the choir


10.00am and 6.00pm

Please check on latest service details under Services and Calendar on the Home page as we run courses at certain times of year including Lent, and Special Services for Easter, Christmas and Events such as the Christmas Tree Festival and family activities popular Tiny Tots and Saturday Morning @ St Marys.

Our Director of Music, James Gutteridge, is a talented organist and choirmaster. Our Choir is comprised of adults at present, if you are interested in singing and music email

For Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals please see the section Life Events on our Home Page.

Since our project in 2017, St Mary’s is a warm, comfortable space, with all of our furniture moveable, enabling us to be flexible, not just for worship but for a variety of activities, such as concerts, theatre productions, formal dinners and many civic and town organisation functions, making our building a centre for the community.

The interior can accommodate 850 in a formal seating arrangement, or 200+ at a table seating arrangement. We have limited onsite parking, but the Borough Council have a large car park adjacent to us which is free after 6.00pm on weekdays and all-day Sunday.

Our Building can be hired for private events, information on costs with the terms and conditions can be obtained from cllck here


The fabric is kept in good order by our churchwardens, Canon Ian Neale, and Brenda Munton, who are assisted by a team of Assistant Wardens, and various sub committees of our District Church Council. They meet regularly through the year to reflect and discus on decisions concerning the life and activities of St. Mary’s.

Being a Team Parish, we come under the umbrella of the Parochial Church Council, and day to day running is devolved to the individual church DCC’s.

The DCC of St. Mary’s is made up of elected church members, Members of the PCC for St. Mary’s, Members of the Deanery Synod for St. Mary’s, pastoral assistants, along with the officers, readers, and clergy.