St Mary's

St Mary’s Callington

We’re a big church family with space and a place for everyone.  We celebrate the good times together and support each other through the difficult times. Our hearts are open wide to welcome young and old.  We have thriving youth and children’s work, and we love to spend time together over a cuppa after our services.  If you’re looking for your church family, we’re here.  Come and join us!

Jesus and the Holy Spirit are at the heart of all we do at St Mary’s.  We have an active healing ministry, which has seen many people touched by God in many ways, and ongoing discipleship courses to help us on our spiritual journey.

We enjoy a variety or worship styles, from lively family services where everyone makes a joyful noise to the simple beauty of morning prayer.  The first Sunday of the month is our family service.  On the second Sunday we have a traditional organ led service in the morning and a conversational style evening service.  On the third Sunday we have a vibrant contemporary service led by our worship band, and the fourth Sunday is our traditional communion service.  We also have early services every Sunday from the Book of Common Prayer that alternate between morning prayer and communion.

Community

We feel it’s important for Christians to be out in the community doing God’s work and for the community feel at home in our church building.  Together with Callington Methodist and Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church we run Callington Foodbank and a weekly community café at the Community Centre in Coronation Close.  In the church building we offer a children’s cooking club, and along with Callington Methodist we run Your Space, a Friday evening hangout where teens can enjoy free food and games.  We also provide a place for St Mary’s Craft Group and Callington Community Gospel Choir to meet.

History

Christians have been worshipping at St Mary’s for centuries, and we’re blessed with a beautiful church that reflects this.  St Mary’s was originally a chapel of ease to St Sampson’s at South Hill, which was the mother church, but was consecrated in 1438 for burials after the local miners complained of the distance to South Hill.  There are 38 graves and records show 98 people buried here.

St Mary’s is in the centre of Callington and is built of large granite blocks typical of 15th century architecture, and restorations have preserved this character.  Originally there were two aisles, but in 1882 the north aisle was added and houses six ecclesiastic sculptures of famous Christians.  St Mary’s stained glass windows are dated between 1875 and 1884.  The Romanesque font has been dated as between 1100 and 1130 and is thought to be a remnant of the original Norman chapel documented as being on the site in 1384.  The tomb of Sir Robert Willoughby is near the high altar.  Dated 1502 it is made of the finest alabaster and considered to be one of the most magnificent in the Westcountry.

You would be welcome at any of our services. For a schedule of the services and how to get there click here