St. Mary and All Saints, Kidderminster
St. Mary and All Saints is the Parish Church of Kidderminster and has been a centre of Christian Worship since the 15th and 16th centuries. The name Kidderminster tells us that there was an Anglo-Saxon minster here but the exact site is uncertain, however the names of the leading clergy are known from the 12th century onwards and are listed at the west end of the church. The present dark sandstone building dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, but significant restoration was carried out during the 19th century.
The Medieval building is a Grade I listed, with a seating capacity of 350. Due to the ring-
road around the town, it has an isolated setting, however, there is a close municipal car park and has paths through the grounds used for pedestrian access to the town. The church is open from May- September from 11.00am to 3.00pm for visitors or otherwise by arrangements, and is stewarded at these times. It is an imposing building both externally and internally which spans the centuries, and is part of Kidderminster’s heritage.
The outside of the building has fine architectural features, with a tower dating from the 15th century which now contains a chamber with a peal of twelve bells. The interior has many artefacts including an alabaster reredos, depicting The Last Supper; beautiful stained glass windows, as well as tombs, stone effigies and an engraved brass memorial. Attached to the building is the Parish Office used by the all churches in the parish and also the Chantry; used by both the church and the community. Community users include Kidderminster Male Choir, Weightwatchers, Keep Fit, Kumon Maths, Dog Training Classes, Rainbows, Impaired Vision Group and Primary Chords.
We have excellent links with the District Council and local schools, and we are a member of Churches Together in Kidderminster. We also have a very special Covenant with our neighbour church, Trinity Methodist and join with them for Services of Worship and Praise.
The Baxter Pillar, no longer with the Jacobean pulpit (which is now situated in the New Meeting Church ) is renowned for its association with Richard Baxter who was ‘preacher’ at St Mary’s for nearly twenty years. He was invited by a group of disgruntled church members who were very put out by the infrequent preaching of the Vicar and they were hungry for sound teaching which they were not getting! They would not be disappointed by Richard Baxter!
The church is open from May to end of September 11.00 am to 3.00pm.
We hope that you will find much at St Mary’s to delight and interest you. But, most of all that when you visit us you will feel the presence of God, and understand how this church over the centuries has been a beacon, and a testament to the devotion and Christian witness of the people of Kidderminster, down the ages to the present day.