St Mary's is a lively parish in the liberal catholic tradition of the Church of England, but made up of people of many different backgrounds and opinions. We aim to be a place of spiritual, intellectual and emotional refreshment in the city centre. We seek to give people the chance to learn and grow in their faith through challenging sermons and a variety of education courses.
We are an inclusive church that will give a warm welcome to everyone. We are a diverse community and we enjoy the colour and perspective that variety brings, but we have no residential parish so people often travel a distance to be here.
We are both a parish and a University Church. Being the University Church means that the University's official religious services happen here and from time to time we host other University events such as memorial services.
We are also a tourist centre with many thousands of visitors each year who climb the tower or relax in the Vaults and Garden coffee shop - the income from which helps to keep us going.