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A warm welcome awaits you in Bowdon Parish

I wonder when you last received a card which started with those words? It’s nice to be invited, isn’t it. Whether it’s a wedding invitation, a call from a friend asking if you’d like to go for a coffee, a neighbour popping round to see whether you’re up for a trip to the cinema or would like to go to a concert, it’s really nice to be on the receiving end of an invitation. And yet my suspicion is that, although we like being invited to something, we may not find it very easy to be the one who issues the invitation.

One way of reading the Bible is to see it as one long invitation from God to everyone to join him on the adventure of living life to the full. Some of Jesus’s earliest recorded words are deliberately invitational: ‘Come, follow me’. There was even an occasion when Jesus knew the fear factor was so high, because Zacchaeus was one of the widely disliked tax collectors, that he decided to invite himself: ‘Zacchaeus, I’m coming to your place for tea.’ It was a life-changing encounter (Luke, 19: 1-10).

The Church is still very much in the invitation business. On this website you’ll find a comprehensive catalogue of the huge variety of services, groups and activities which are run, partnered or sponsored by people in our church congregations here in Bowdon. If you are already part of one of these, please would you choose a friend you could invite to join you?

If you haven’t joined us on our adventure of living life to the full, especially if you have recently moved to the area, we hope you will take a look through what’s on offer to see what you might enjoy. And please consider yourself very warmly invited.

Ian Rumsey, Vicar of Bowdon


Worship Times

St Mary’s

Sunday   8.00am, 10.45am and 6.30pm
Monday – Friday   8.30am
Wednesday  11.30am

St Luke’s
Sunday                    9.30am
Tuesday                  7.00am

Please see our full Service Itinerary for all times and service types

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Upcoming Events


Pet Service at St Mary’s on July 9 10.45 am 

We celebrate the wonder and breadth of creation. Cats, dogs andother pets (on leads or in suitable containers) are most welcome to join us.  If you don’t have a pet, you can come dressed up as animal or just enjoy the atmosphere.


Come down to the woods for the teddy bears’ picnic 31 August 3 – 5 pm, at St Luke’s, Bowdon Vale – put it in the diary!

Catherine Cleghorn’s Research

If you are over 18, and a member of our worshipping community, Catherine would be really grateful if you could consider filling in this short questionnaire. It should only take a few minutes, please click here. Thank you!


Click here to listen to the sermon from 25 June at Zone2
Zone2 Sermon series called “A Life of Love”. 
Fifth sermon is by Phil Potter:
“United in Love”.
Ephesians 4 verses 1-16
Click here to listen to the sermon from 18 June at Zone2
Zone2 Sermon series called “A Life of Love”. 
Fourth sermon is by Julia Dow:
“Filled with His Love”.
Ephesians 3 verses 14-21
Click here to listen to the sermon from 28 May at Zone2
New Zone 2 Sermon series called “A Life of Love”. 
Third sermon is by Rev Phil Potter:
“Receiving His love”.
Ephesians 2 verses 4-10
Click here to listen to the sermon from 7 May at Zone2
New Zone 2 Sermon series called “A Life of Love”.
Second sermon is by Rev Phil Potter:
“Knowing His Love”
 Ephesians 1:15-23
Click here to listen to the sermon from 30 April at Zone2
New Zone 2 Sermon series called “A life of love”.
First sermon is by Rev Phil Potter:
“Chosen for love”
Ephesians 1: 1-8

Check out the latest news from the parish

Anyone for tennis?

Jordan Amir-Hekmat with John Suchet at Buckingham Palace in May, having achieved his Gold Award with Bowdon DofE   You’ll probably be receiving your Bowdon Church News just before the start of this year’s Wimbledon tournament. More than 13 million of us tuned in last year to watch Andy Murray storm to victory against Milos […]

Choir concert

The choir of St Mary’s will be holding a concert on 17 June at 7.30 pm in the church. We will be singing Mozart’s Requiem and a variety of choral pieces. Mozart was a well-known composer from the 18th century, in the classical period. Mozart’s Requiem is an exciting piece of music set to the […]

Christine Barrat 1936 -2017

 “Christine Barrat (Photo: Sasha Johnson Manning)” My mother Christine loved St. Mary’s.  She loved the whole Bowdon church community and always hoped that all would be well with everyone, and that all who came would feel welcome. After a long and happy career as a music teacher at Withington Girls’ School, during which time she […]

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