Who we are

Churches Together in Grasmere


Pilgrimage Churches




On 28th November 1999 the three churches of Grasmere: the Methodist Church, Our Lady of the Wayside and St Oswald’s -signed a covenant to demonstrate our unity, which states,


“The signing of this Covenant bears witness to many years of good relationships between the churches in this community and our pledge to seek a deeper unity in the service of God as we enter the third Millennium of the Christian era”.


Pilgrims Together


The three churches work together as closely as possible. For example we have twelve United Services each year, six of which take place on Sunday morning, when there is only one service in the village and we worship together, (picture below on Mothering Sunday).




The members of the three churches come together for social occasions, such as our Pancake Party and for village celebrations like Rushbearing.




Christians in Grasmere come together to study and discuss on Wednesdays both at lunchtime and in the evening Emmaus Groups, in 2006 we also had our first pilgrimage together taking a coach full to Lindisfarne.




Visiting St Mary’s Church and the Priory on Lindisfarne and enjoying a memorable day together.




Our three churches and community are stronger by being a pilgrim people, travelling together the journey of faith.


Our Churches


Our Lady of the Wayside (RC)

Our Church was built in 1964 and is on the main Keswick Road. The Church is open for private prayer and visits to the Blessed Sacrament every day of the year from early morning till dusk.




Sundays 11.15am

Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions available on call before or after all Masses


St Oswald’s Parish Church

The Church was founded by its patron saint in the seventh century and has remained a place of worship ever since. Famous for its association with William Wordsworth’s the present Church community welcomes all ages to worship and visit.




8am Holy Communion, (BCP) - Easter to end of October

11am Main Sunday Service, (CW)

1st Sunday – Matins

2nd Sunday – Holy Communion

3rd Sunday – Methodist

4th & 5th Sunday – Holy Communion

6pm Evening Prayer, 

Wednesday 10.30am, Holy Communion

 ALL WELCOME at our services, there is a Sunday School in the morning, a loop system, disabled access and refreshments are served.

Churches Together In Ambleside and District

St Mary's Rydal is a member of Churches Together in Ambleside & District.  There are regular United Services in the Lakes Parish area.  Churches Together also meets for shared Lent Groups and special events such as Christian Aid Week.  For details of forthcoming events please see the notices.

Services at St Mary's Rydal

9.30am Eucharist, (CW) - every Sunday, the service includes Taize music and is the tradition of Affirming Catholicism within the Anglican Church

7pm Taize - first Sunday, this is a service of meditation, readings and music, often Taize or Iona.

ALL WELCOME at our services, there is a Sunday School in the morning, a loop system, disabled access and refreshments are served.