Tour of the Churchthe history of Morecambe Parish Church). The church is situated out of sight of the main thoroughfare and people are often surprised to find Morecambe Parish Church sitting there in all its glory.
The church has many beautiful stained glass windows, (these are protected). Such a heritage out of sight to many! Rev. Edward Francis Mawby who was rector from 1840-1876 is buried on the North side of the church near to the road.
We will show you more windows in the future
There is a peel of eight bells in the Tower at Morecambe Parish Church. Throughout the year the bells were rung for every 10 am. Service. Practice night is Friday, 8.00pm till 9.30pm. Ringing for 10:00 am service meet 9:30 am in back of church. You would be more than welcome to have a go! You will find it is never too early or too late to start. Ringers include young and old, men and women, boys and girls, bright – and the not so bright! Sometimes a whole family will be found ringing together. If your curiosity has been aroused telephone 01524 414884 for an introduction to your nearest band of ringers.
The first chapel was very close to where the present church is built. In the old church yard is the grave of Sarah, wife of Robert Bond, ship’s carpenter, dated 1788 the gravestone stands on a spot close to the west entrance of the first church. Some stones from this building are to be seen in the gable of “White House” on Marine Road in Bare.
Garden of Remembrance
In 1985 a Garden of Remembrance for the internment of ashes was blessed at the south side of church and a bench placed in memory of Head teacher Ron Scargill. In 2008, thanks to a grant by Poulton Area Management, a new bench was placed in the garden. People enjoy sitting in the garden, particularly during the summer months.
On the 1st February 1901 a school service was held in church - a memorial for Queen Victoria. Canon Gorton, the Rector at the time, composed a special hymn. Edward Elgar who was a personal friend of Canon Gorton. was staying with the Rector, visited the school and was much impressed by the children’s singing. The bedroom in which Elgar stayed is know as the “Elgar Room”.
The font is situated to the front by the South East door to the church (this was moved from the St. Laurence corner during Re-ordering); it is lovely for the congregation to be able to watch the baptisms taking place.
The gallery is not in general use, but access is gained to the Belfry. In the tower is a peal of eight bells, rung by our dedicated team of Bell Ringers 52 weeks of the year, before the Sunday Eucharist at 10.00am. The Bell Ringers are available to ring at weddings.
The centre Aisle has been walked by many a bride to her future husband waiting at the altar. You can see the main altar at the back of church, under the beautiful stained glass window. The altar is used for Choral Evensong and said Evening Prayer. The choir stalls are sited below the main altar on either side. During the Re-ordering the nave altar was put in place. This can be moved easily for concerts, as can the communion rail, when concerts take place. The door on the left leads to the Choir Vestry, Servers Vestry and upstairs is the Robing Room for the Clergy. The door on the right is the south west door.
Around the communion rails are some beautiful tapestry kneelers, these show the activities of may church organisations, including uniformed groups, bell ringers, and the choir. The kneelers have been made over the years by members of the congregation and people in the parish.
The old pipe organ stands impressively in the front of the Gallery. However, it is not now in use - our current Organist and Choirmaster Marilyn Prescott remembers the precarious days of sitting playing for the services. A modern instrument is now used together with a piano to compliment our worship. The speakers are housed up in the gallery and many visitors do believe that the old organ is still in use! The present organ is hidden behind a pillar at the front of the church, so is not noticed by many! Adorning the Gallery is the Royal Coat of Arms. Our present church cost £1,280.00, some of the cost was offset by a personal contribution from Queen Victoria.
In 1995 the re-ordering of the church resulted in some quite drastic changes. Underneath the Gallery is a glass partitioned sound proofed area, which leads to the West Door, the main entrance to the church. (Wheelchair access). The area was created in memory of John Threlfall, Head Teacher from 1940-1964. The service is relayed by speakers and those attending church with young children, if preferred, can sit in this area, still take an active part in the worship, while their children read books and play with the toys. There are toilet facilities in this area, also suitable for disabled. A small kitchen area is located to the right; this is used by various organisations and choirs, who use the church regularly to practise and hold concerts.
In the North West corner of the church is the St. Laurence Corner, an area dedicated to quiet prayer and meditation. Candles can be lit to accompany prayers or to remember loved ones. Within this area is the Prickett Stand donated in memory of George Ogden, a parishioner, who died in February, 1998 and the Banner from St. Laurence Church, which closed its doors in 1981 and became united with Holy Trinity.
The church still has the original pews. Kneelers are available in all pews, including many stitched by parishioners. Located in the back pew is the new sound system installed in 2008. The system is on a loop for the hard of hearing.
In 1966 the Lady Chapel was built within the church in memory of John and Mary Ann Edmondson by members of their family. This chapel is used during weekday services. On the side wall of this small sanctuary is the Aumbry where consecrated bread and wine is stored which is used for home communions during the week.
Thank you for taking a tour around Morecambe Parish Church. Unfortunately, unless there is an activity taking place in the church, the church has to be kept locked. However, if you are visiting the area and wish to look around, please do contact the Rector.
You would be most welcome to join in our Sunday worship.
This webpage is gradually being updated please do come back and take another look.