STOCKPORT PARISH CHURCH ST MARY'S IN THE MARKETPLACE
Thank you for visiting the web-site for Stockport Parish Church.
We very much hope that you will come and meet us at St Mary's in the Marketplace as soon as ever possible.
Our opening times are however unfortunately still somewhat limited for which we apologise. For various reasons the number of people available to assist us open our doors has reduced since Covid - and we are no longer (at least for the time being) able to open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as we did before the pandemic struck. We are however at church for regular Sunday and Tuesday worship and at other times for visiting us and/or the Stockport Heritage Trust - or to come in for some quiet time and perhaps light a candle.
Sunday services are held at 10.30am - we open the doors at around 10.00am - everyone is most welcome to join us or just pop in for awhile before or after the service (but we hope that you will join us for Holy Communion / Morning Prayer and stay for a tea/coffee afterwards).
We are open on a Tuesday and Saturday - from 10.30am am - 2pm (including the 12.15pm Tuesday lunch-time service). The Stockport Heritage Trust is open at St Mary's on both those days - at the same time as the church. Please note that the cafe closes a little earlier at 1.30pm
Our Thursday RESTORE sessions have now finished - but we will be looking at other ways to fill this gap. We also aim to open on Foodie Friday - 6.30pm - 8pm (that is usually the last Friday evening in the month)
Limited refreshments are available Tuesday and Saturday at "Host" our new cafe outlet. The Nave Cafe closed on the onset of the pandemic and the decision made to change the format of refreshment availability at St Mary's. We are running on a much reduced selection of snacks but we do still have the most cost effective fresh brew "bean-to-cup" coffee in the area.
COMING UP IN JUNE:
"All parishes are required to participate in a Past Cases Review, commissioned by the Church of England. PCR2, as it is known nationally, is part of the Church's ongoing scrutiny of its handling of past and current safeguarding cases. An Independent Reviewer will be looking at files relating to church officers in this parish, both lay and ordained, past and present.
"Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures, are encouraged to make direct contact with the . However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the Church, by the NSPCC, has been set up."
St. Mary's takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.
We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines.
You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/safeguarding