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Welcome to the Parish Church of St Mary in Charnwood, Nanpantan. We would love to meet you and welcome you to any of our services or events.

This Week's Featured News and Notices

St Mary's Notices - 21st and 28th August

Please note that due to Jo being on annual leave next week, these notices cover the next 2 weeks, so there are a lot of notices!


St Mary's Notices - 14th August

Join us for our services in the building for our All Age Morning Worship at 10am and Holy Communion at 6pm.


Worship with a Creative Flavour - Sunday 21st August 6pm

We are expanding the idea of Worship with a Classical Flavour, to become Worship with a Creative Flavour, giving the opportunity to enrich our worship with arts other than classical music. This will be a short evening service followed by refreshments and the option of staying on to explore a written response. Please encourage friends to come along.


Charity Afternoon Tea - Saturday 10th September 2- 5pm

Save the date!
To coincide with Ride+Stride, there will be a charity afternoon tea held in the Chapter House in aid of Breast Cancer UK. Whether you’re a tired cyclist/ walker in need of refreshment or would just like to come up and enjoy a slice of homemade cake with a cup of tea, all are welcome!


Advocate Slot - Link Dioceses Trichy and Tanzania

Prayer Pointers
- give thanks that last year's Bishop's appeal which helped to buy both an ambulance and a minibus.
- please pray that Bishop Chandrasekaran would be able to visit Leicester pre-Lambeth Conference.
- give thanks for the 75th Anniversary of the Church of South India and the celebration service to be held in Leicester in September
- pray for Rev Eliazar and his family, as they settle into life at St Mary's Pudukkottai, and for the first priest-in-training from the village, Sam Venith
- give thanks for the recent visit led by Michael Broadley, where many church plants were visited and multiple baptisms performed.
- give thanks for the vaccine rollout in Kiteto this year.


Ride and Stride - Saturday 10th September - Advance Notice to book in your diary!

The Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust grant aids historic churches and chapels of all Christian denominations for repairs, restoration, and some community facilities. The Trust’s main fund raising is through the annual sponsored Ride+Stride event. Walkers and cyclists, for example, seek sponsors for the number of churches or chapels they visit on the event day. St. Mary’s will be open for Ride+Stride from 10am until 5pm. The money raised by each participant will be shared equally between St. Mary’s and the Trust. If you would like to take part, please contact the Parish Admin office admin@stmaryincharnwood.org.uk, to be given the necessary details for visiting churches while being sponsored.


Emergency Ukraine Appeal from the Diocese in Europe and USPG

The charity USPG and the Church of England Diocese in Europe are launching an emergency appeal to get aid to people in desperate need because of the invasion of Ukraine. Funds raised by the appeal will support Christian charities and churches carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries. Their partners on the ground are providing food, medicine, shelter, care for children and people internally displaced in Ukraine. For refugees they are supplying care at the border and beyond, including attention to those from Africa and Asia, as well as Ukrainians who are fleeing the war. The appeal is for urgent help now but the work will go on for many months. Click below for details which includes how to donate - by clicking on 'an emergency appeal' in red in first line of information.


Our Vision 2022

In 2022 we hope to say: ‘St Mary’s is a community of deep faith, relevant and accessible to all and that reaches beyond its building'. Please read the flyer and if you would like to share your thoughts and prayers please do get in contact.


St Mary's Services - in Church and Online

Church Open for Sunday Services at 10 am and 6pm

We are once again worshiping in the building with 2 Sunday services at 10am and 6 pm. Please come and join us if you can!

Morning Prayer (weekdays by zoom at 9:00 am)

We meet daily for morning prayer over zoom.

Campfire Compline

An opportunity to worship, reflect and experience spirituality in the woodland around the campfire is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 4.45 -5.15pm. The last session for the Summer will be 9th July 2022 restarting 10th September 2022. For more information click below on the link to our Forest Church Facebook page.

Mossy Church

A family drop-in, held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 3pm-4:30pm. Held outside with stations through our woodland. Please do come along and join us. The last session for the Summer will be 9th July 2022 restarting 10th September 2022.For more info and to keep in touch, click below on the link to our Forest Church Facebook page.

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Online Worship

We have paused the recording of our main Sunday service over the summer months, but you can still join us on Zoom each weekday morning for Morning Prayer.

Email admin@stmaryincharnwood.org.uk for details.

Our Vision

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  • Open - developing the welcome and accessibility of our facilities for all.

  • Connected – improving communication both within our church community and out into the parish.

  • Equipped – to be disciples through prayer, study and learning and responding to God’s call to mission.

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About Us

Welcome to the Parish Church of St. Mary in Charnwood, Nanpantan. We are part of the Diocese of Leicester and Church of England and are located on the western edge of Loughborough.


We believe in the transforming love of God helping people become and grow as followers of Jesus Christ and in sharing God’s love with our local community.  St Mary’s has a warm and friendly atmosphere and a welcoming congregation. We would love to see you at any of our services or events.

We have a ministry team at St Mary’s led by our Vicar Adele, and comprising an Ordinand in training, Readers, and many others who volunteer and generously support the mission and ministry of the church.


St Mary’s Nanpantan - seeking to encounter God, grow in faith and serve our community.

See here for a brief history of the Church.

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Giving to St Mary's

One way that we worship is to give money regularly to God's work at St Mary’s.


Your generous giving accounts for most of our income and makes everything we do at St Mary’s possible.


Giving to Others

 St Mary’s supports mission partners in the UK and overseas.


We believe that our first 10% (the tithe) is offered to God’s mission and so, as well as prayer, we support these partners with the tithe from our voluntary income.



If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact our local Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Olivia Smith at safeguarding@stmaryincharnwood.org.uk or the Parish Priest, Rev Adele Adshead revAdele@stmaryincharnwood.org.uk.

If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available on the diocesan website


Please see here the Church safeguarding policy: Promoting a Safer Church

Regular Activities at St Mary's

Most of our regular activities have restarted. Click on each activity to find out more and be sure to contact the Parish Admin office if you need any further information: admin@stmaryincharnwood.org.uk

Campfire Compline

A reflective service in the woodland

Ladies Group

Meetings once a month on a Tuesday morning.

Sundays for Children

Groups for young people at our 10am service.

Sunday Supper Social

Monthly Sunday evening gathering at the Priory.

Mossy Church

Activity for all ages, using the woodland to explore God's creation.

Table Talk

Lunch and conversation for men who usually live alone.

Woodland and Outdoor Working Group

Helping with our woodland and grounds.

Writing Group

Creative Writing Group meeting at St Mary's.

Ladies Who Lunch

Meetings for women who live alone to enjoy a chat and pub lunch.

Monday Morning Men’s Meeting

Monday meetings for talks and discussion.

House Groups

Discipleship groups to discuss the bible and pray together.

Growing Rite

Weekly toddler group for parents & carers with babies and children.


Our Team

See here the people with key roles.

There are of course many others contribute to the work of the church.

Rev Adele Adshead

Rev Adele Adshead

Vicar of St Mary's

Matt Green

Matt Green

Ordinand in Training

Richard Harries

Richard Harries


Jo Garner-Prosser

Jo Garner-Prosser

Parish Administrator

Helena Wilkinson

Helena Wilkinson


Katherine Hetzel

Katherine Hetzel

Church Warden

Caroline Phipps

Caroline Phipps

Assistant Administrator

Richard Merredith

Richard Merredith


Ian Clements

Ian Clements

Church Warden

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