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'One of England's Greater Churches'

A Welcoming, Inclusive Christian Community, Serving God's People in Lancaster

 
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The Priory and Parish Church of St Mary, Lancaster:                Lancaster Priory as it is more commonly known - overlooks the centre of Lancaster.  It is situated adjacent to Lancaster Castle in a conservation area with stunning views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Hills.

The church is a Grade 1 listed building, located on a site which has seen Christian worship since Saxon times. The carved choir stalls with their misericords are nationally famous. It is one of the most frequently visited parish churches in the North West, and particularly during the summer months, we welcome many visitors to our services.

Our congregations are full of lively committed and faithful people. The weekly Priory Eucharist has a usual attendance of 150 communicants with 50 young people between the choir and Sunday groups. The Priory has recently received a 'Child Friendly Church' award and a 'Marque of Excellence' awarded by the North-West Multi-Faith Tourism Association in recognition of Lancaster Priory's ministry of welcome to visitors.

There are frequently a number of visitors attending the Priory Eucharist - visitors and tourists from all over the world. The fine choral singing and strong preaching tradition draws people from the surrounding north Lancashire area, either as full members of the congregation or as frequent visitors. There are 162 names on the electoral roll, and the parish population is about 1400.

St John the Evangelist is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is a product of Lancaster's prosperous past, built in 1754-55 when the congregation of the nearby Priory church became too large. The Georgian tower was added in 1784.  Lancaster's port on the River Lune was thriving, the population was growing and the interior of the church reflects this.  There are galleries and numbered box pews.  The church is full of polished wood and rich colours.  Although services have been held infrequently in previous years, following the success of lunchtime services held during Lent 2011, it has been decided that these will continue for the foreseeable future.

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