Wirksworth has a long tradition of worship, with St Mary’s Church site being a place of worship since, it is thought, 800 CE. Five churches in the area also work ecumenically as Churches Together Wirksworth & District. See below for more information and contact details.
Saint Mary’s Parish Church, DE4 4DQ (part of the Wirksworth Team Ministry, in the centre of town.)
Christian worship is believed to have started here from the 7th century CE. The church building, restored in 1870 by Sir Gilbert Scott, is mentioned in Pevsner’s renowned Architectural Guides. With stained glass windows in the pre-Raphaelite style from the studio of Edward Byrne Jones, stunning Anglo Saxon carvings, the bi-annual Christmas Tree Festival, and the traditional clypping (or clipping – encircling of the church – Info here:) service around the 8th of September, St Mary’s certainly forms the physical and emotional heart of the town.
Church of Our Lady and St Teresa of Lisieux, Gorsey Bank, DE4 4AD
Despite not having a resident priest, but served over the years from one of the surrounding parishes, St Teresa’s is an active, vibrant community where everyone in the parish makes a contribution to ensuring that their liturgy is rewarding and that the Catholic faith is alive and well in this bustling Derbyshire market town. Visitors often comment on the welcome they receive and on the beautiful setting of the small church, nestling on the side of the hill in its own churchyard. Lay members of the parish represent the church on Nottingham Diocesan discussions and they play a full role in the ecumenical group that is Churches Together.
The United Reformed Church, off Coldwell St, DE4 4FB
The United Reformed Church here in Wirksworth is a friendly, caring and welcoming community who meet together to worship, pray and share fellowship. As well as Sunday morning services which includes Sunday Explorers for children, other activities and events also take place.
For details please see the noticeboard outside church or the website: www.westderbyshireurc.co.uk
Reverend Camilla Vietch, 01629 826913, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wellspring Church, Wood St, DE4 4DS
It’s all ‘new’ for this congregation because Wellspring Church was formed informally in 2013 from the coming-together of the Methodist and Baptist Churches in Wirksworth, then formalised at a special gathering in September 2014. It has been a very courageous move by members of the two churches, for many of the people have had long associations with their original, separate, church. They are linked to Churches Together for Derbyshire and the local Churches Together, Wirksworth and District.
Churches Together Wirksworth & District
Churches Together consists of representatives from the four churches and the Elim group (who meet in Memorial Hall), who work together to serve the community, further the Church, and to proclaim the Gospel.
Churches Together arrange the Blessing of Wells ceremony, the annual service of Remembrance, carol singing and switching on of Christmas Tree lights. They arrange daily prayer events during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January. There are weekly meetings during Lent and in Holy Week, there is a united act of witness and open air service on Good Friday.