St Mary

In the Heart of Handbridge

A Family Place

Based in the Heart of Handbridge

More Than Just a Church

A place for social gatherings and events.

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Updates from around St Mary, Handbridge, The City of Chester and the diocese of Chester

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Discover the joy of community and faith at St. Mary Without the Walls. Let us inspire and support you on your spiritual journey. Join us today and experience the warmth and love of our St. Mary’s family.

Handbridge Centre

Opened in 2018, this new community facility serves businesses, not for profit organisations, and charities, as well as groups with formal connections to the parish church.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Vision for our Parish, for St Mary Without The Walls in Handbridge and in Chester

We recognise that participating in church can feel more than a little intimidating. We hope if you’re coming with particular questions, concerns, or just looking for a place to be then you’ll find Saint Mary to be welcoming, safe, and interested in supporting you in your journey.

We hope that our printed orders of service will offer some guidance about the things we share in during services, and that’s the welcomers who offer them to you will also be a resource to help you make introductions, if that’s what you’d like.

During our current vacancy we do not have a specific separate provision for families, but we hope your children will feel a part of what we do however you wish to involve them. There is a dedicated space in the south-west corner of the main part of the church building for parents to sit with children in comfort, participate in the service, and allow children to play in safety. Each of us is created uniquely in the image of God, we don’t expect children (or adults for that matter) to be quiet in church.

Finally, we are keen that visitors don’t mistake St Mary for a place where everybody is expected to think the same way, or adopt the same passions. We recognise that to be a parish church is to be available for both those who attend very regularly, and those who might think of themselves as non-members. We’d like to be a place that celebrates some of the differences we’ve learned from as we’ve grown in faith. We hope that we place the forgiveness we have found from God at the heart of our worship, our action in the community, and hope for the world. It doesn’t mean there isn’t hypocrisy and challenges in being the church.

OnLine Services

Join us at St Mary Without The Walls for a meaningful worship experience from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re unable to attend in person or simply prefer the flexibility of virtual services, our online platform allows you to connect with our loving community and grow in your faith. 

Faith . Hope . Compassion

In the depths of our souls, we find the wisdom that transcends all boundaries. It is in the stillness of our hearts where we hear the whispers of the divine. Let the light of love guide you on your spiritual journey. Embrace the power of faith, hope, and compassion, for they are the keys to unlocking the door to inner peace. Open your mind and soul to the infinite possibilities that lie before you. Connect with the spirit-filled community at St Mary Without The Walls and embark on a transformative experience. Together, let us celebrate our unique paths and nurture the warmth and love that binds us as a family. Join us on this sacred pilgrimage and discover the beauty of your soul.

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Opening Times

The church is usually only open for visitors/private prayer on:
Tuesdays 10 -12
Wednesdays 10 – 12
Thursdays 10.45 – 12.”

Sunday Services

Every Sunday 8.00 & 10.30am

Join us every Sunday for our two main services at 8.00am and 10.30am. We welcome visitors and regulars alike. You can see our full list of upcoming events by clicking the link above.


Luncheon Club

Every Wednesday at 12:00pm

Join us at our Luncheon Club which is held every Wednesday in St Mary Handbridge Centre. New attendees are always welcome to what is a lovely, relaxed lunch.


Regular events

We have a regular, wide ranging list of musical events. Join the choir or just come along and listen, either way, please do come along and see what we have on offer.


We Gather Every Thursday & Sunday

Visiting Us

Please bring the whole family, including children, to St Mary Without The Walls.

We understand the importance of creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. At the back of the church, we have a dedicated play area where children can have fun and play safely while parents participate in the service.

We believe in embracing the joy and energy that children bring, and we encourage them to be themselves. Join us at St Mary Without The Walls and experience a warm and loving community that celebrates the uniqueness of every individual.

Thursdays – 10am

Sundays – 8.00am

Sundays – 10.30am

Sundays, Coral Evensong – once a month

Sundays, Messy Church – once a month

Messy Church

Embark on a vibrant and interactive spiritual adventure for the whole family. At St. Mary Without The Walls, we invite you to experience Messy Church, a place where creativity, exploration, and faith intertwine. Join us once a month for a lively gathering filled with crafts, games and storytelling.

Ignite your imagination, connect with others, and deepen your faith in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Bring your children and embrace the joyful chaos of Messy Church, where messiness is celebrated and cherished. Discover the transformative power of community, love, and spirituality. Join us on this exciting journey of discovery at St. Mary Without The Walls.

Church Blog

Latest News and Updates

The Annual Parochial Church Meetings

The Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Sunday 12th May 2024 This year we shall be holding the APCM Meetings in Church on Sunday 12th May at 12 noon after the 10.30am Eucharist and a post-service coffee break. The Meeting for the Election of Churchwardens will take place at 12 noon followed directly by The...

Music by The Bridge

Music by The Bridge

An Evening of Music at St. Marys with The Queen's School Choir An hour spent in St Mary's church at one of the monthly Music by the Bridge concerts is always an hour more than well spent. The Queen's School Choir The concert given by musicians from the Queens School...

Rev Ric Whaite’s Last Service

Rev Ric Whaite’s Last Service

Sunday 11th February was Revd Ric Whaite's last service at St Mary's, before moving to the Diocese of Newcastle as Director of Mission and Ministry. The church was packed with parishioners, young and old. After the service presentations were made to Ric by the Clergy...