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St Mary's 

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We’re a big church family with space and a place for everyone.  We celebrate the good times together and support each other through 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 of 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.

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


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.


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.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello


Where and When

We are one church in five locations which offer a wide variety of styles of service from vibrant family friendly services to something more contemplative.  We have services starting at 8am, 10am and 11.15am across the Cluster of five churches.  You can find details of the services and what to expect here.  The calendar not only gives you the place and time but also a description of what you can expect from the service.

What you can be sure of is a warm welcome at whichever church you decide to visit.  Refreshments will be on offer either before or after the service when Covid restrictions allow it.

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What about my kids?

Childrens groups at St Mary’s Callington on Sundays are temporarily suspended due to unforeseen circumstances.  However, there will always be an activity for children to do, a place for them in all 11am services and the Tower Room is available for play and fun throughout.

There are children's groups during the services at St Mary's Callington on the second, third and fourth Sundays.  You will find All Age services at St Mary's Callington, Stoke Climsland Parish Church and St Sampson's South Hill.  Stoke Climsland also have a Family Service on the second Sunday of the month.  Please see the calendar for more information.

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Livewires (3-7 years)
  • Encounter (7-11 years)
  • Katalyst (11-15 years)
  • Young people (15+ years) Stay in service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.


Getting Connected


Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Get on a Team!

Serving on a team is a greatly way of getting to know people better.  If you want to get involved in the life of the church and to help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Rector    Leader 2
Rev Joe Lannon   Leader Intro
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

Joe and Nikki