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Award for St Mary’s Church


In September St Mary’s Church was presented with the ‘Best Project’ Award in the Derby Diocese for its re-ordering at the back of the church. The presentation was made on behalf of Bishop Alistair by the Archdeacon of Derby, the Venerable Doctor Christopher Cunliffe.

The Best Project Award in the Derby Diocese presented to St Mary's church  St Mary's Church was presented with the 'Best Project' Award in the Derby Diocese

St Mary’s is a Grade 1 listed building, the only one in Crich and is often praised for its beauty and sense of being a serene and sacred space. Any changes have to go through all sorts of approvals and must be carried out sensitively. The church now has a disabled toilet, new kitchen, meeting room, bell ringing room and social space. The work was project managed by David Howard who did much of the work himself and received the award on behalf of the church.

St Mary’s is one of the few churches that is open every day, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. Anyone is invited to go in and view the changes and perhaps pause a while, admire the building, enjoy the tranquillity and maybe use that age-old sense of sacredness and history to reflect awhile. You might even utter a prayer – only God will hear you!

Martyn Offord

While St.Mary’s is without a vicar, if you want to contact the church do feel free to use the following contact details:

Weddings and Baptisms – Anette Love: 01773 852180

For other matters contact the wardens:

Martyn Offord – 01773 853722

Michael Holmes -01773 833210

There will continue to be the normal Sunday services. There is a said Prayer Book at 8.00am every Sunday. There are also services at 10.15am and 6.30pm. These are varied in theme and style and include Family, Celtic, Friends and Heroes for the children, Communion, as well as Healing and Bereavement. Check details on the church website.


Dates for your Diary (apart from Carols Round the Tree, all in St.Mary’s)


November 19th – 3.00 pm – Bereavement Service

November 26th – 4.00 pm – Christingle Service

December 2nd – 10.00 am – Choir Coffee Morning

December 3rd – 10.15 am – Toy and Tin

December 17th – 6.30 pm – Carols by Candlelight

December 21st – 7.00 pm – Carols Round the Tree in the Market Place

December 24th – 4.00 pm – Crib Service for children

11.30 pm – Christmas Night Communion

December 25th –10.15 am – short Christmas Communion




Popalong Baby & Toddler Group: Friday mornings in term time at Crich Wesleyan Chapel, Chapel Lane, 9.30am – 11.30am

Contact Lynda Gray (01773 857921)

Stay and Play Baby & Toddler Group: Wednesday mornings in term time at All Saints, South Wingfield, Church Hall, 9.30am – 11.30am

Contact Denise Baker (01773 831101)