About Us

'To be Christ in the Heart of Penrith'

Welcome to the website for Penrith's St. Andrew's Church!

As one of Penrith's churches and notable landmarks the Parish Church of Saint Andrew nestles at the heart of the historic red sandstone market town of Penrith on the edge of the Cumbrian Lake District and Eden Valley. It's tall medieval tower - built to defend the townspeople from Scottish raiders - is prominent from many locations around the town.  The church community at St. Andrew's is a friendly and inclusive family of all ages with the aim of building God's kingdom at the heart of Penrith.

You are most welcome to visit St. Andrew's and join us for worship at our main 10 o'clock Sunday morning services, or week day services.  We meet to worship on the third Sunday of the month for a less formal, All-Age service which includes Communion. Children's activities are provided in church at the 10 am service.

The church is open to receive visitors during the week and you will always receive a warm welcome from the volunteers at St. Andrew's Cafe (Coffee Shop) situated inside the Parish Centre opposite the church.

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Saint Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, is also the patron saint of a number of churches in Cumbria, reflecting the old links north of what is now the border. Despite later 'local difficulties' between the English and the Scots the dedication reminds us of Christian history, and its capacity to bring together peoples of differing backgrounds and traditions.

Saint Andrew appears first in a Christian story, coming with a friend to find out more about Jesus, and then bringing his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus. Later, he and Peter responded to Jesus' call to 'Follow me'. It was Andrew who knew about the boy with five loaves and two fishes, which were to be used by Jesus to feed the 5,000 and Andrew, who with Philip, brought some Greeks to Jesus.

In subsequent generations, Christians have found a variety of ways to bring people to Jesus, and then by worshiping God in Jesus' name. Our church in Penrith, built and rebuilt over the years, reflects the way buildings have been adapted and changed to suit the needs and concerns of Christians who, like Andrew, have heard and responded to the call to 'Follow me'. As you visit our church, and learn something more about its history from this website, may you also find yourself closer to Jesus.

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The Parish Church of St. Andrew's is a large and handsome Georgian building built in the years 1720 and 1722.  The tower is all that remains from the original 13th century church.

St. Andrew's is the ancient Parish Church of the historic market town of Penrith and the largest of four churches in the Penrith Team Ministry.  Christ Church, Penrith; St. John, Newton Reigny; and St. John the Evangelist, Plumpton Wall.


Parish of Penrith Saint Andrew