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There is a beautiful church in Belford.

St. Mary's Church

A church has existed on the site of the present St. Mary's since the 12th Century, but today's building is much more recent, and was comprehensively redesigned by John Dobson in the 1820s. For those interested in the history of St. Mary's, copies of Joan Wright's "Guide to the Parish Church of St. Mary, Belford" are available for purchase in the inner porch of the church.

St. Mary's Parish Church offers Sunday and mid-week services. Sunday morning service is sung Eucharist at 9.00 am, and mid-week service times are posted on the notice board at the entrance to the church from the Market Square. Normally, mid-week services are said Eucharist on Wednesday mornings at 9.00 am but other services, depending on the season, are advertised in the church magazine as well as being posted on the notice board. When there is a 5th Sunday in the month there is a shared service with our sister parish, St. Hilda's, Lucker, at 10.00 am, alternating between St. Mary's and St. Hilda's. Coffee, tea and biscuits are offered after Sunday service every week in the Gallery, and everyone is welcome.

Baptisms, marriages and funerals in St. Mary's may be arranged with the Vicar, The Revd. Louise Taylor-Kenyon on 01668 214748 or email

St. Mary's has strong links to the village schools, and services are held every term for pupils, staff and parents.

The Gallery is available for use by individuals or groups, by prior arrangement. A permanent exhibition of photographs and material relating to local history is housed in the Gallery, which also houses a small kitchen facility and WC. There is a stairlift for those with mobility difficulties. For bookings contact Alyn Spillett (01668 213820, email: or Barbara Twiname (01668 219353, email:

The church is open daily for those who wish to walk around, enjoy a few moments' peace or private prayer, and copies of the Link magazine, the church magazine and other information are all usually available from the outer and inner porches.

If you would like to join us for worship, or if you would like to be involved in our church community in other ways, for example by being part of our team of flower arrangers or becoming involved with our Friends of St. Mary's group, you would be most welcome. For more information please contact the Churchwarden Alyn Spillett (01668 213820, email: or the Vicar, The Revd. Louise Taylor-Kenyon on 01668 214748 or email

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