St Mary, Gosforth

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All are welcome at any of our services or events.

Our Mission is:- "To know Christ better through worship, prayer, fellowship and discipleship.

                          To make Christ better known through caring service and sharing the good news of the gospel."


St Mary's is a typical village church with several different styles of service. Our main Sunday service is Parish Communion at 10am except on the second Sunday of the month when there a BCP Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. Please see the calendar and events for details of what is happening in the next month or so.

We are part of the South Calder Mission Community which is in the early stages of development. It aims to be Christ's people serving God together and growing his kingdom in this beautiful part of Cumbria by aiding the worshipping Christian Communities to work together and share resources in order to bring God to all people living in this area. .

There has been a church building on this site since around 700 AD. In around 1100 AD a stone Norman church replaced the building then on the site and there have been changes since. There were two rebuilds in Victorian times and the current building dates from 1896 - 97. In 1995 St Mary's Room was built onto the North of the church and this provides us with a meeting room for Christian Fellowship after services, social events and courses such as the Lent course. The room has modern audio visual equipment and adjoining kitchen & toilets.

The history of the site means that there are a few Norman artefacts inside the building, together with two exceptional Viking hogback tombs and the "Fishing Stone" which has both Viking and Christian symbolism. The most famous Anglo- Danish monument is the Grade 1 listed "Gosforth Cross" which shows integration of Viking myth and Christian beliefs. As a result we have  visitors from all over the world.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Revd John Riley
The Rectory,
Wasdale Road,
Cumbria. CA20 1AZ
01946 725499 (Priest in Charge)

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Holy Communion
Every second Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Parish Communion with Ministry of Healing (CW)
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Family Worship
Every second Sunday at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour
Parish Communion(CW)
Every third and fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Mother and Toddlers
Term time only
Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments


Prayers in Church
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Gosforth Goslings
Term time only
Every second Thursday at 2:30 PM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
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What is a Christian Lifestyle with Bishop James
at St Michael's Workington
Saturday 29th October 2016 at 9:30 AM
All Day Event
Benefice Service
Sunday 30th October 2016 at 10:00 AM for 50 minutes
House group
Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
MU Committee
Monday 7th November 2016 at 2:00 PM for 1½ hours
Gosforth PCC
Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 2 hours
Deanery Synod
Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 7:00 PM for 2 hours
Deanery Synod
Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 7:00 PM for 2 hours
House Group
Thursday 10th November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
School Armistice
Friday 11th November 2016 at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Village Remembrance
Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
House Group
Thursday 17th November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Deanery MU Committee
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 2:30 PM for 1½ hours
MU Gosforth
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
house group
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Church Fair in Public Hall
Saturday 26th November 2016 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Advent course
Thursday 1st December 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Advent Course
Thursday 8th December 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Advent course
Thursday 15th December 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Advent course
Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass


Lent course, Advent course, occasional house groups
Church Open 10am to 5pm dailyThe famous Gosforth Cross.(Viking Art) is in the Churchyard and always accessible

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire St Marys Room can be hired for meetings and small social events contact Mrs R Sheppard 01946 725327
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd John Graeme RILEY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 12451
Built: 700 - 1896
Architect: C J Ferguson 1896 - 99
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: The Bishop of Carlisle, The Honourable J N Lowther and the Vicar of St Bees
Archdeaconry: WEST CUMBERLAND (573)
Deanery: CALDER (57301)
Parish Legal Name: Gosforth (570286 )
CofE Church Info: (607286 7/286)
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The current editor is: Miss Mary Ruth Schofield

This page was last updated on Saturday 7th May 2016
St Mary : Wasdale road, Opposite the school. From the A595 pass through the village, take the left fork towards Wasdale and St Mary's is on your left just past the entrance to Denton Park, Gosforth, Cumbria, CA20 1AU

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