Tuesday, 17 September 2019


The new Rector of St Mary Without-the-Walls will be the Reverend Doctor Richard Patrick Whaite. His Institution and Induction will take place on Monday, 30th September at 7.30pm in the Church. 

Some background information from our new Rector:

"The Revd Dr R. P. Whaite ('Ric') is looking forward to his Institution and Induction as the Rector of St Mary Without-the-Walls in Handbridge. Fr. Ric comes to Chester from serving as Chaplain at University College, Durham. Prior to that he served in parochial ministry in the Kensington Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London. 
Educated in London, Oxford, Manchester and the United States, the role of Rector of St Mary's is a return to the county of his birth for Ric, who was born in Stockport and grew up near Macclesfield. 
As a new arrival to Handbridge with his family, Ric is looking forward to meeting as many different parts of the community as he is able, especially those groups making use of the new St Marys Handbridge Centre, but also representatives of local businesses and those working in education.” 

We offer a very warm welcome to Ric, Anna, and their family. 

Please contact the parish office at the St Marys Handbridge Centre for more details (01244 671202)

Monday, 19 August 2019


Four sessions led by The Revd Canon Dr Trevor Dennis

in St Mary’s Handbridge Centre on
Tuesdays September 24th, October 8th, 15th, 22nd 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

Sept 24th: ‘War poems for our times: the serenity of Genesis 1, the searing beauty of Lamentations, and the disturbing lines of Psalm 137.’
Oct 8th: ‘A tale of famine, migration, renewal, empowerment, and, above all, love: the exquisite story of Ruth the Moabite.’
Oct 15th: ‘Is there sexism in the Bible? Undoubtedly. Is there antisemitism in the Bible? Let’s find out.’
Oct 22nd: ‘The last laugh. The Bible can be hilarious: Rachel and Laban; Shiphrah and Puah; Jonah.’

A chance to see famous biblical passages in a new light, to uncover treasures you never knew were there, to address through its pages some of the burning issues of our own day, to face awkward questions about the Bible, and, finally, to enjoy it.

Donations will be invited (a suggested minimum of £5 for each session). Monies collected on Sept 24th and Oct 15th will be given to St Mary’s Handbridge Centre, those collected on Oct 8th and 22nd to Christian Aid. There will be an opportunity to gift aid.

Each session will stand alone, so if you can’t make the whole course, don’t worry. However much you know about the Bible, or think you don’t know, you will be most welcome.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Chester City Passion returns in 2020

                  Chester City Passion
Good Friday, 10 April 2020 10.30am
On the streets of Chester City Centre

After a 3 year break, the hugely successful production of the Chester City Passion, Chester Mystery Plays in association with Churches Together, Theatre in the Quarter and Link Up are mounting this astonishing performance once more on the streets of Chester on Good Friday, 10 April 2020.

Those involved in previous years were astounded and profoundly moved by the number of people who came into the City to watch the story of Christ’s passion unfold. The company used Chester's streets and rows as a theatre, telling the story from Jesus' entry into Jerusalem (under the Eastgate Clock) to the Crucifixion outside the West Door of the Cathedral. The 100 strong community cast was joined by Roman Soldiers, Karamba Samba and the Town Crier.

Matt Baker will return to direct the production and his music will be once again be heard on the streets of Chester.

For further information or if you can help with funding please contact Link Up Office: office@linkup.uk.net

Thursday, 11 July 2019

St Mary's Handbridge Centre Sensory Garden

Work is ongoing to create a sensory garden in the grounds of the Centre. Led by John Parkin and Terry Anglesea the first stage is the construction of the path.

This will be followed by the establishment of the garden itself and the building of a number of pergola's.

Volunteers are needed for this project and for the next Gardening Working Party in the Church and Centre grounds, to take place on Saturday 10th August.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019



SATURDAY 15th JUNE 2019, 2.00pm

St Mary’s is holding its Summer Fair in the Church Centre and grounds


Panama Jazz Band
Tombola • Stalls Galore • Jewellery
Grand Raffle • Books • Games   
Ice Cream • Cakes • Teas