About Us

St Mary's remains Biblically orthodox in its Christian faith (as defined in the '39 Articles of Faith and the historic formularies of the Church of England).  Jesus is Lord of every area of our shared and private lives.

We're all on a journey of repentance and transformation, it would be great to share with you on the same journey

Our Vision

Our vision is:
"To reveal Jesus as we love God and serve others in the power of His Spirit."

Our Purpose

To enjoy fellowship as we worship in Spirit and Truth, grow in discipleship, develop in ministry and deploy in mission

Our Values

Faithful to the Message - Focussed on Ministry - Flourishing in Mission

Covid-19 Update

There are still some differences between current church services and the arrangements before Covid measures were introduced. These include:-

  • Services will be shorter than we are used to.
  • For the time being we will only have morning services of Morning Worship or Holy Communion.
  • Singing will take place.
  • Toilet facilities will be open but strict cleaning between users will be necessary.
  • The church has a capacity of approximately 70 people, depending on how many people need to sit alone, or with members of their household/bubble. That is without using the balcony. For occasional services the capacity may be increased or reduced in discussion with the family and minister leading the service.
You will be asked to: -
  • Enter only by the main door.
  • Sanitise your hands-on arrival and as you leave.
  • Wear a face covering as you enter and leave the church, or when chatting with other members of the congregation. You will be able to remove your face covering once you are seated.
  • Sign-in with a welcomer to enable us to track and trace.
  • Follow a one-way system as much as possible inside church, avoiding walking in front of members of the congregation already seated.
  • Leave your offering in the collection box as you arrive if you gift either by envelope or cash. If you gift by envelope and have not signed a Gift Aid form, and you are bringing in several weeks envelopes, please either bring in the envelopes for the weeks you are paying or write on one envelope the dates of the weeks you are paying. Please enclose cash rather than a cheque. That way your gift may still be eligible for the GASD scheme.
  • The service order will be on the screens.
We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe which is why we have put these measures in place. If you do not feel comfortable to come back to church at the moment, then please do not feel pressured. If there is anything we can do to make you feel more comfortable please let one of the wardens know.

We will continue to put talks, prayers and some music on our Facebook and Web page for the foreseeable future so that we can reach out to as many people as possible.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment

To view our risk assessment click here.

Coronavirus Prayer

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our own children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

Prayer Request Form

Please submit your prayer requests by completing the box below and clicking Prayer Request


Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011
Draft Pastoral Scheme

The Church Commissioners have prepared a draft Scheme in respect of proposals sent to them by the Bishop of Manchester for:

  • terminating the team ministry established for the area of the benefice of Bacup and Stacksteads;
  • the union of the benefice of Bacup and Stacksteads, the benefice of Saint Anne Edgeside, the benefice of Goodshaw and Crawshawbooth, the benefice of Newchurch, the benefice of Rawtenstall and Constable Lee and the benefice of Saint Bartholomew, Whitworth and Saint John, Facit (their constituent parishes to remain distinct); and
  • the establishment of a team ministry for the new Rossendale Benefice. It also provides for:
  • the cure of souls in the new benefice to be shared by a team rector and two team vicars,
  • the appointment of the team rector and one team vicar;
  • the housing arrangements for the team; and 
  • the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

The draft Scheme is on our website www.churchofengland.org/consultation or you may obtain a copy from me. Large print and/or audio copies are available on request. Anyone may make representations for or against all or any part of the draft Scheme (please include the reasons for your views) by post or, preferably, by email to reach me no later than midnight on Monday 20 December 2021. If I have not acknowledged its receipt, please ring or e-mail me. For administrative purposes, a petition will be classed as a single representation and we will only correspond with the sender of the petition, if known, or otherwise the first signatory for whom we can identify an address – “the primary petitioner”.

  • When making a representation, please indicate the nature of your interest in the proposals (e.g. parishioner, member of parochial church council, etc) and whether you would like an opportunity to speak to the Commissioners regarding your representation if they decide a hearing should be held regarding the case.
  • If we receive representations against the draft Scheme, we will send them, and any representations supporting the draft Scheme, to the Bishop whose views will be sought. Individual representors and the primary petitioner will then receive copies of the correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and will be told whether a hearing is to be held. They and individual petitioners may comment further to the Commissioners. Copies of all of the representations received and associated correspondence will be published on the Commissioners’ website if the matter needs to be considered by the Commissioners.
  • If a hearing is held, anyone may attend the meeting of the Commissioners’ Committee that considers the case and representors may have an opportunity to speak to it. Otherwise, if a hearing is not to be held, the case will be considered in private and you will be informed accordingly.
  • When we acknowledge representations we will let individual representors (and the primary petitioner) know the next few dates of our Committee’s meetings. We will confirm the actual date if a hearing is to be held nearer the time.
  • The Committee will decide if the draft Scheme should proceed when it considers all the representations on the basis of a paper prepared by the Commissioners’ staff and any points raised at the meeting. The Commissioners will notify all representors of their decision and give a statement of the reasons for it.
  • If they so decide, any representor or petitioner against the draft Scheme may seek leave from the Privy Council to appeal against the decision.
  • Please see www.churchofengland.org/consultation for further information about the procedure.

Katie Lowe
Tel: 020 7898 1737
Email address: katie.lowe@churchofengland.org
Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ

On-line Service

Church Services during Covid-19 Lockdown

All service Readings and Prayers will be posted here and on our Facebook page. We are keeping this under regular review. Please take care and stay safe.


Sunday 23rd January 2022 from Viv

Psalm 126 v 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. We thank you Lord that you are a good, good Father who gives good gifts to us your children. Thankyou Jesus that you showed us the abundance of your wonderful love for us through the miracle of the wine at the wedding in Cana and your provision in our everyday lives. We give you thanks and praise as we come before you in prayer.

The World - We pray for all of those in our world caught up in tragedy or disaster, especially today we pray for Tonga and the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami, we pray that they will get all the help they need at this time until all is restored. Bring healing and peace into those places in the world where there is conflict, praying for Russia and the Ukraine, we continue to pray for Afghanistan and the suffering we see there, help us to give generously and work to bring relief wherever we can. We thank you for all the relief agencies that are working in these countries where there are the aftereffects of war, famine and poverty and pray for your blessing on them and that they will have the funds they need to help in these life and death situations. We pray for politicians and leaders around the world that they would lead wisely and care more about the people in their country than showing their military power and aggression. We pray for peacemakers to rise up and calm inflamed situations. We especially pray for our own nation with all the uncertainty of changing leaders and in-fighting in the government, that they would act justly, honestly and according to your will. We pray for our prime minister that his time in office will be for the time that God alone decides, in the Name of Jesus. Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

The Church   We pray for your church Lord, thank you Lord for all the blessings you have given us. May we always use our gifts and talents in a way that demonstrates kindness, humility and compassion. May we continue to do our part in developing our gifts, keep our hearts and minds open to the direction of the Holy Spirit, who calls us to celebrate our gifts by sharing them with others. Thankyou Lord that you fully equip us with spiritual gifts for the building up of your church and to serve others in the community. We pray at this time for all who will be married in our church this year and all those preparing for marriage that your blessing will be upon them. Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

For Ourselves  We pray for those we know and those who live in our parish. Today we especially pray for those who live in Egypt Mount and Melia Close. We pray for your peace in the lives and minds of the people who live in these streets, that you would bring light and hope and joy into every situation, we don’t know them all Lord, but you know every one of them by name and we pray that they would know that you love them today and that you would meet them in their need. We pray for anyone we know who is sick or bereaved at this time…………(in a moment of silence we bring before the Lord all those we know who are sick today, all those waiting for hospital appointments or who are in hospital) We pray for your healing touch Lord on all those we have lifted before you and for your love and comfort to surround all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Thankyou Lord that you are with us always, you never leave us or forsake us. Thank you that you provide for all that we need and care about even the little everyday things that are on our hearts. Thank you that you give abundantly and extravagantly and the best wine! May we know today your grace upon our lives, that we are the dwelling place of your extravagant love, all of us different, sacred and beloved of God – part of God’s kingdom, each of us filled in our own unique way with the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Jesus.

Lord accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Worship Songs/Service

Sermon from Jay

Sunday 23rd January 2022

Jn 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:1-11


The Two readings highlight the supernatural element within the Life of a those who do the will of the Father.

Jn: - Jesus has just come out of the desert after 40 days of Fasting and has been baptised with water and then baptised with the Holy Spirit.

Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread to meet His own needs. Jesus refuses to do this. Yet here He is a little while later turning Water into Wine. Why? Motive! Satan was trying to get Him to act out of doubt and do something to prove who he was.

Mary His Mother was asking Him to meet the need of someone else. This miracle would save Face for the wedding host. There is an enormous difference between the Two.

But God never meets our needs without our involvement in them coming to fruition. (Eph3:20) Who ever Jesus interacted with He asked them to show their Faith whether that was active or passive. The Two servants filled the Jars and then were asked to take a sample to the Master of the Banquet. They could very easily of said “I’m not taking the water to the Master it will get us in trouble.” 

What was the result, ‘much more than was needed.’

Faith is not trust and insurance, i.e. I believe God will answer my prayer, but just in case I will worry about it or try to meet the need some other way. The answer is negated by this.

God has answered the prayer, but the insurance negates the result.

We need to remember that God always wants to meet more than just our need. He is El Shaddai (God of More than enough) and most certainly not El Cheapo.

1 Cor: - the book of 1 Corinthians is all about the Unity of the Body. The Corinthians were self-centred, and Paul is encouraging them to look to others needs and not their own.

Paul teaches the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for the benefit of others. The gifts that He instructs us on are for - V7 ‘the common good.’

When we are baptised in the Holy Spirit, He gives us certain Gifts that compare with who we are in Jesus. So, we need to discover what those gifts are. They are given for the profit of others.

V2 tells us that we looked to DUMB idols before we knew Jesus as our Saviour. Paul is saying that these idols could not speak to us (no relationship), but the Holy Spirit speaks to us constantly, so we need to develop our relationship with Him.

The Holy Spirit wants to demonstrate the reality of an unseen God. When we are Baptised in the Holy Spirit God gives the ability to do the things that Jesus did and glorify Him to the world around us.

We are the Hands and Feet of God and as we testify about Him, we are able to show evidence through the Power He has given us that He really loves every one of His creation.

And we all can have a relationship with HIM. Now that is what I call really GOOD NEWS.







Communion Reflection

This is a short Communion Reflection that you can join at any time. There is a quiet period within it that you can pause if you want a longer period of reflection

Safe Guarding Policy

St Mary’s, along with all parishes within the Church of England, seek to take the safeguarding of all people who are part of our congregation very seriously.
To that end we have appointed two persons who are designated as the Safeguarding Officers within our Parish:
Vicky Rhodes for Children & Young People Jay Dempsey for Vulnerable Adults

A hard copy of the ‘Manchester Diocese Safeguarding Handbook’ and the ‘Church of England – Parish Safeguarding Handbook’ are available for inspection in the vestry at St Mary’s.

View Policy C of E Handbook

If you have any concerns whatsoever about safeguarding issues then please contact the PCC who will be more than happy to listen and hear your concerns or address any questions.


Some interesting facts about St Mary's Rawtenstall (when I speak to Chris Cotterill)


Average Congregation


Books in Bible


Year Opened


Number of Weddings


Warm up Rossendale, Christmas Food and Fuel Hampers


Advent Course 2021


  • All
  • Adults
  • Scouts
  • Guides

Mothers Union

3rd Monday, 7:30pm


Monday, 5:30pm

Ladies Fellowship

Alt. Wednesday, 2:00pm


Wednesday, 6:15pm


Monday, 6:30pm

Mens Breakfast

1st Saturday, 8:15am


Tuesday, 7:00pm


Thursday, 7:30pm


Monday, 7:30pm

Our Churches/Friends


Meet the team of people at St Mary's who keep the building functioning, but the real church is not the building but the people who use the building.

Julie Barratt

Julie Barratt

Associate Minister

Julie Barratt

Pete Terry

Pete Terry

Church Warden

Pete Terry

Jean Lang

Jean Lang

Church Warden

Jean Lang

Nick and Suzanne

Nick and Suzanne

Childrens Work

Suzanne & Nick


Message from the Church Wardens - The interregnum

At the moment St Mary’s is in a period of Interregnum. That means we have no Vicar!

It is the responsibility of the church wardens, together with the Area Dean, and acting as the Bishop’s Agents, to ensure that the church functions normally during the interregnum.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need to contact the church about any matters, please use the contact form on this site. You can phone the vicarage number, and calls will be forwarded to the church wardens, but the contact form is a better option.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you need any further information, or clarification of services/times. We will try and get back to you as soon as possible.


St Mary's Terrace, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 8SQ, United Kingdom

Phone Number

+44 1706 215585