St Mary’s

About St Mary’s

The parish church of Upton is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

History of the Building

The current church building dates from the eleventh or twelfth centuries, and though a major restoration took place in 1885, the church has not changed much in almost a millennium.

The south door still sports a 12th century Vandyke pattern around the arch. The font, by the south door, is probably as old as the church. One of the most imposing features of the church is the chancel arch, of a simple 12th century semi-circular design. The nineteenth century stone altar is a classic of Ecclesiological and Tractarian design.

St Mary’s Today

St Mary’s is much-loved and kept in very good repair. The roof was restored in 2002.  A loop system available for those with hearing aids was installed 1993. The chamber organ, parts of which date from the seventeenth century, still accompanies our singing.

Worship at St Mary’s

You are warmly invited to join us for worship at St Mary’s and will be welcomed as often or as little as you are able.

For the first three Sundays in a month the service is a 9 am Eucharist. A rota of clergy brings a rich insight into scripture and prayer. The fourth Sunday is a 10 am All Age Service, both fun and thoughtful. A fifth Sunday which occurs four times in a year is a short 9 am Morning Prayer usually read from the book of Common Prayer.

Every Tuesday: Morning prayer at 9.30 am followed by Eucharist at 10 am. At 5 pm a half hour of music, prayer and prayerful silence followed by evening prayer at 5.30 pm.

There may be variations to this pattern on special occasions. The services for the week ahead are always posted on the church gate.

If families would like their email addresses included in our database, so that we can make sure you are kept informed about family services etc., please send your email address to Clare Lightfoot at

The church remains open during daylight hours. Please feel free to enjoy the peace of the place at any time. If you have special need and would like a loved one remembered in our Tuesday prayers please enter your request on one of the prayer cards which you will find on a desk near the pedestal of flowers.

Updated 27th April 2016

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