St Mary's Church Upton

Making a difference, wherever we are, as we share Faith For Life in Christ

Midweek at St Mary’s

What happens on the other six days of the week?

There are activities for every age and stage of life. Small Groups are at the heart of our church family life; everyone is invited to join one.

We aim to encourage everyone to make a difference wherever they are and whatever they are doing: as parents or children; as people working at home with the family or out and about; as people simply praying and relating to God or regularly relating to others in the ‘marketplace’.

Our midweek activities aim to strengthen and encourage the sharing of our faith.


The Alpha Course is an excellent way to explore the Christian Faith and to live as a Christian in today’s world.

It gives an opportunity to people who are exploring their faith to ask questions and to hear about the basic beliefs…

  • Who is Jesus?
  • Did he rise from the dead?
  • How do I read The Bible?
  • How do I pray?
  • What is faith?

Please contact the Church Office for details of the next course.

“What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions – life and death and their meaning.”
The Guardian, London

“What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings – that, and its astonishing success.”

The Times, London

“Many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience.”
Time Magazine

“Alpha is an unqualified triumph.”
The Daily Telegraph, London

“Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life.”
The Express, London

Elder Branch

Each Thursday at 2pm about 40 people gather in the church hall for refreshments and a presentation or entertainment by an invited guest or guests. The afternoon concludes with an epilogue.

On occasion, a full meal is prepared by a willing group of helpers.
Members of Elder Branch look forward to the two outings arranged between September and May, and to a tea party in July.

The members of Elder Branch include people from various churches and those who do not go to church, and the group is led by key members of the group.

During the summer months, activities are held once every fortnight, and include an interesting programme of outings, presentations, and craft activities.

Our doors are always open and newcomers can be assured of a very warm welcome.

Small groups

Small groups are big in our church. But what are they?

Small groups meet during the week and aim to:

  • Provide support and encouragement for members of the group
  • Provide a means for everyone to be involved in church life
  • Provide an opportunity to share our faith with others
  • Seek to apply the Bible in everyday life.

What do they do?

Each group is made up of between four to fourteen members.

The groups roughly follow a series of notes linked to Sunday sermons. Many groups arrange social events as part of their pattern of meetings. Some meet during the day, others meet in the evenings.

The groups cover most days of the week between them.

How to join a group

Joining a small group is a great way to learn to apply your faith.

You will learn about prayer and Bible reading and soon find that you are getting to know a few more people in Church.

By joining a group you are not ‘locked in forever’!

You are free to join in for just a few meetings if you feel more comfortable with that.

You can change groups if you find that another day or venue would work better.

Contact the office for more details about small groups

Our Small Groups tend to study and discuss notes which follow the sermon series. Click here to find the latest set of Small Group notes.

Holy Communion

Midweek Holy Communion happens on Wednesdays in a meal context.

  • Coffee, tea, biscuits from 10:30am
  • Bread and wine at 11am
  • Soup and sandwiches at noon
  • With coffee, tea (and cake if it’s someone’s birthday that week!)

For a good number of those who come, Wednesday is their one service of the week. One regular said: “It’s an oasis in the middle of the week!”

All are welcome.

Friday Friends

Friday Friends is a Christian based group offering support to those experiencing loss.

We are a bereavement support group who meet on the first Friday of each month at 1:30pm in the Garden Room of St Mary’s Church.

We offer support to those experiencing loss, including fellowship. We drink tea and coffee together, all are welcome to join us.

If you would prefer, we can also come and visit you at home or meet on a one to one basis.

For more information call the Church Office or Rhonda. You’ll find contact details here.

Monday Makers

Monday Makers is made up of a group of ladies who meet in a relaxed atmosphere for a cuppa, munchies and lots of chat between 12:30 and 3:00pm. We sew, crochet, knit and make crafts for a number of different causes including; blankets for St John’s Hospice, Claire House and Ronald McDonald House, hats for the Premature Baby Unit APH, hats and scarves for Charles Thompson Mission and Operation Christmas Child Boxes and twiddle muffs for the Care Homes in Upton. Over the course of 2018 we made over 1000 poppies for the display outside St Mary’s Church commemorating the First World War Centenary.

Once a month we have a visiting speaker and arrange regular trips, with recent excursions to The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, Ormskirk and Llandudno Christmas Market.


We are grateful for donations of wool, no matter how small, and ladies who would like to join us are always very welcome.

For more information please contact the Church Office, you’ll find all our contact details here.

When we meet

St Mary's, Church Road, Upton

9am: A quiet, more formal service.
11am: Busy with children who start in the service and move into age-related groups after the start.
6.30pm: Generally more informal

St Mary's Centre, 127 Saughull Massie Road, Upton

10.30am: Holy Communion on the third Sunday of the month,  Morning Worship on each of the other Sundays. The Centre has a friendly and informal atmosphere and facilities for children.

Pattern of services

St Mary's Church

First Sunday of the month
9am Holy Communion
11am Together at Eleven (all ages)
6:30pm Sundays at Seven or Evening Praise

Second Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Morning Worship
6:30pm Holy Communion

Third Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Morning Worship with Baptisms
6:30pm Evening Praise

Fourth Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Holy Communion
6:30pm Evening Prayer

11am Holy Communion

St Mary's Centre

10:30am all services
First Sunday: Morning Worship
Second Sunday: Morning Worship
Third Sunday, Holy Communion
Fourth Sunday, Morning Worship

The pattern varies around Christmas and Easter.

We run a different programme during August at 11am. Occasionally an event or special day is marked which can also cause a change to the above pattern.