Welcome to St Mary’s, Attenborough

We are pleased to say that the church is now open for private prayer. The times will be subject to change unfortunately so watch this space. The church is open this Saturday (4th July) from 10.00am-12.00 noon.  

We will be announcing details of how we will resume Sunday worship shortly. In the meantime, do continue to enjoy our online communions and reflections.

Click the images below to watch our most recent services.

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.

The St. Mary’s Church building is usually open daily during daylight hours and you would be most welcome to visit and look around in peace and quiet or for prayer. In addition, on Tuesday mornings, from 10.30 am to 12.00noon, tea, coffee, squash, and biscuits are available in the church.


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.