Grasmere and Rydal churches welcome all visitors to all our services.
All our churches work alongside each other through Churches Together. In Grasmere we have a formal Covenant signed on Advent Sunday 1999 and the four denominations shared closely in worship, study and pastoral care. Rydal is a member of Churches Together in Ambleside & District and supports the life of the churches in Ambleside and Langdale. During the last year Churches Together in Grasmere, Ambleside and Hawkshead have begun to work together, most notably for the Pentecost Songs of Praise.
Both of the Church of England Churches in Grasmere and Rydal have close links with William Wordsworth, over 140,000 people visited both churches annually. At St Oswald's there is the grave of William and Mary, together with the more impressive memorial to the Poet Laurate in St Oswald's itself and the recent addition of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden next to the Churchyard. At Rydal as well as the Wordsworth pew and plaque inside the church, many thousands come to visit Dora's field in April and May with its wonderful display of daffodils and then bluebells.
On 1 September 2008 St Oswald's became an Anglican and Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership. All our services are open to everyone and our pattern reflects the shared use of the building. All service though are united and we share in each other's worship.
As churches we welcome all who come to our churches. If you are interested in forthcoming events, arranging a special service and just want to know more then please browse the following pages.
Rector of Grasmere, Vicar of Rydal and Chaplain of Rydal Hall