Welcome to St Mary’s, Attenborough

Services in Church: There is currently one service each week at 10.00am on Sunday mornings, though there is no service on 30 August. Due to restrictions on the numbers we can hold safely, you need to book a place to attend. Please contact Ann (one of our Churchwardens) by phone 07817 306690 or email: churchwardens@attenboroughchurch.org.uk.
When you come to a service, please observe the following protocols for everyone’s safety:

  • Please wear a facemask. If you forget to bring one we’ll have a small supply available in church. 
  • Please use the main entrance only. 
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of the service and keep two metres apart from anyone in front of you on the path up to the door. 
  • Please accept the seat allocated by stewards who have carefully worked out where you can sit most safely to observe social distancing and limit contact with others entering and leaving church.

The church is open for private prayer on Tuesdays from 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Online worship

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

Sunday worship – 23rd August 2020

Reflections: A 10-20 minute reflection, including music, prayers and a short talk.

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.