Welcome to St Mary’s, Attenborough

Services in Church in July: we are delighted to announce that services in church will recommence on 12th July at 10.00am. There will be only one service each week at 10.00am and for July it will be Morning Prayer only. The service for 12th July is fully booked but Ann (one of our churchwardens) is now taking bookings for the rest of July; please contact her by phone 9250872 or email: churchwardens@attenboroughchurch.org.uk if you would like to book in. When you come to a service, please observe the following instructions for everyone’s safety:
1. Please wear a facemask. If you come without one, a small supply will be available in church. 
2. Please use the main entrance only; the other doors will not be in use. 
3. Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of the service and keep 2 metres apart from anyone in front of you on the path up to the door. 
4. Please bear with us once inside the building as seating will be allocated by the stewards in order to keep safe social distancing and limit the amount of passing by other people as we come into and go out of church.

Changes to Church Opening for Private Prayer: due to the recommencement of services on 12th July, the Church will be open for private prayer on Tuesday 7th July but NOT on Saturday 11th (to allow us to set up for our service the next day). The new regular times of opening will then be Tuesdays (from 14th July) 2.00pm-4.00pm and Fridays (from 17th July) 10.00am-12.00noon. 

Online worship

Do continue to watch our online services. Click on the images below for the most recent.

Reflections: A 10-20 minute reflection on a different theme each week, including music, prayers and a short talk.

Communion: A short communion service, with prayer and bible readings.

The Venerable Phil Williams, Archdeacon of Nottingham, shares a video message and tells us of his role in finding a replacement for Rev Jonathan Smithurst, who retired as Vicar at the end of April.

Click to see our YouTube channel and view all our online worship resources.

About St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s is the Parish Church of Attenborough in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.  It is situated on the edge of Attenborough Nature Reserve near Nottingham. We believe that God loves us and that God loves you.  Everything we do is founded on this belief. Although we don’t like labels, the following keywords may help.

Anglican. We are Anglican (Church of England). This means that we are part of a worldwide family of churches and have a rich spiritual heritage. We provide a range of services, both traditional and contemporary, together with a variety of activities and groups for all ages.

Evangelical. We treasure the Bible which inspires us in our belief and practice. We long to see people’s lives transformed through a relationship with Jesus.

Caring. We come from a wide range of backgrounds and aim to be real, generous, and welcoming.

Our building is a beautiful historic one, well cared for, warm and welcoming.  Within the church grounds is the burial place of the remains of over 130 victims of the 1918 Chilwell shell filling factory explosion. A new memorial was dedicated in 2018 and can be seen in the church grounds.

Our church spire can be seen by all those who walk in the Nature Reserve. A church with a spire though, at the end of the day, points to another reality; set as we are amidst such worldly beauty we cannot lose sight of our Creator, and our praise here ascends beyond the world around us to the heavenly places. We hope and pray more than anything that some part of that heavenly love will fill your life when you visit us.

We believe that authentic Christianity can make a real difference to our lives and to the lives of those around us. Why not come and see for yourself?

Please look around this website to find details of upcoming events and information about the Church itself. 

If you are unable to find something you are interested in or you have any other enquiries, then please contact the Parish Office on 0115 925 9602.  If we are not available, do feel free to leave a message or email us at office@attenboroughchurch.org.uk.


An integral part of our church life is to ensure that children and young people, as well as adults, are kept safe whilst in our care.  Should you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the Parish: Eileen Hartley, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator.  Contact via the Parish Office during opening hours.
In Southwell & Nottingham Diocese: Diocesan Safeguarding Team and, from 20th June, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Julian Hodgson. tel. 01636 817200  or email  safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org
Dedicated independent telephone helpline operated on behalf of The Church of England by the NSPCC 
tel.  0800 80 20 20
Out of Hours Safeguarding Services for both children and adults:
Nottinghamshire: tel. 0300 456 4546
Nottingham City Council: tel. 0115 876 1000
See our safeguarding policy and contact details here.