The Church Today
The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin stands above the High Street in Ecclesfield on the northern perimeter of the City of Sheffield. The Church is an ancient one and boasts many fine windows and architectural features.
Sometimes called the "Minster of the moors" - Not because of its size but because in times past the parish was vast being some 64 square miles in area and reaching almost to the Cheshire border. The Church is a Grade 1 listed building which has been updated and maintained in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Externally there is a fine graveyard, lychgate and war memorial, the area around the Church is lightly shaded by mature trees and the local Village green complete with stocks sits close by.
Recent improvements include a new level access and roof upgrade, sound system, hearing loop, additional internal rooms for meetings and activities, a toilet with disabled and baby changing facilities and a kitchen. The Church has a robed choir, an excellent pipe organ and a music group to support its regular Sunday services and festival services.
St Mary’s is unusual in that it retains four churchwardens and its patron is now its own Parochial Church Council.
St Mary’s Church grounds
Ecclesfield church is home to some beautiful gardens that are flourishing with wildlife and gorgeous flowers. The church gardens are in full view to passers-by and many even venture into the church grounds to take a look at the beauty. Many people are drawn into the church grounds as it is such a perfect place to enjoy a peaceful walk or to sit down and clear your mind.
Everybody is welcome into the church gardens and into the church itself, indeed many take the opportunity to research family ancestry and the local history. The church has been home to many weddings and baptisms, where stunning photographs have been taken in the gardens. However, none of this would be possible without the help of volunteers from the local community/church members. People join together twice a week to maintain the gardens and keep everything looking pristine.
The days and times are: Tuesday 14:00 to 16:00 and Friday 14:00 to 16:00
If you have any time available to help, you would be very welcome, all tools are provided, you just need to bring along some gloves. Jobs vary and can fit anyone of any age or ability.
For more information or questions please contact Pat Wood on 0114 246 5086
St. Mary’s Tea Room
For a period of over 10 years, the church provided a Tea Room in Court House Antiques. Staffed by volunteers, this was a way of reaching out to the community of Ecclesfield and visitors from other places and also a means of raising valuable funds to help pay for maintenance and improvements to the church building. The Tea Room became well known for its fresh tea and coffee and some marvellous cakes. Court House Antiques closed in 2006 but the tradition is carried on today with tea, coffee and refreshments served in the church building on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
The Gatty Hall
The Gatty Hall was originally part of the church but in the early 1970s, a Charitable Trust was set up to run and administer the hall for the benefit and use of the local community. Church members are still involved in the running of the Gatty Hall but the hall is self-funding and self-managed with major projects paid for by fund-raising and by grants from local bodies. Link to Gatty Hall Page