Welcome to the Parish Church of St Mary and St Bega which has been a centre of Christian worship for nearly nine hundred years. From 1120 to the Reformation in 1539 it was a Benedictine monastery for a prior and six monks, and until the 1800's it was the Mother Church for much of West Cumberland.

Today, St Bees Priory is the spiritual home of a working Christian family and we warmly invite you to:

Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of our building and grounds

Share in worship and Christian fellowship

Pray or meditate in our Lady Chapel

Explore our history and heritage

To all visitors and parishioners: ‘May you know God’s blessing in this place, now and always.’


Click here to get in touch with us, or see below for our Services.



20/02/16 16:00 to 18:00 Messy Church 'The Last Supper', NCH.

18/02/16 13:45 No Prayer Group, NCH.

18/02/16 10:30 to 12:00 Pop-in with Cornerstone Bookshop, NCH.

16/02/16 14:00 Over 60's Club, Hodgetts.

13/02/16 08:00 to 09:30 Men's Breakfast. Led by Chris Robson talking about life and death, NCH.

10/02/16 10:15 Funeral of Joseph Shackley, Priory, followed by cremation.

09/02/16 11:00 to 13:30 Shrove Tuesday Soroptimists' Pancake Party, NCH.




7th February 2016 - Reverend Trevor Park's 10:30 service - Sermon on the Transfiguration (Luke 9 vv 28-36):

7th February 2016 - Reverend Jim Marshall's 09:00 service - Sermon on the Transfiguration (Luke 9 vv 28-36):

24th January 2016 - Teamwork sermon by Reverend Jim Marshall starting with children's talk by Janice Knight and gospel reading by Joan Finnemore from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 One Body With Many Members:

17th January 2016 - Sermon by Reverend Anne Baker on John 2: 1-11 The Wedding at Cana - Jesus Turns Water Into Wine:



9:00 - Holy Communion

10:30 - Family-friendly Morning Worship or Holy Communion

18:00 - Evening Prayer (First Sunday of every month is Evensong; third Sunday is Holy Communion)

Please click here for this month's services including who is leading which service.

Please also click here for our Prayer for the Week.


Lady Chapel

This sacred part of our church has a Holy Communion service in it every Sunday at 9:00am to which you are warmly welcome to attend.

As well as being an active place for worship, our Lady Chapel is also a place for prayer and quiet reflection.

In our Lady Chapel, we remember lost children and St Bega, the young Irish saint our church and village are named after.



Sleeping Child Garden

Josefina de Vasconcellos, the noted Lakeland sculptress, donated the three sculptures found in the Sleeping Child Garden to the Priory. Her wish was they be placed in a garden dedicated to those who have suffered from the loss of a young life, before or after birth. This garden of remembrance was created and developed in accordance with her wishes.



New College Hall

Please come along to our Thursday pop-in from 10.30am to 12.00 for a chat or giggle accompanied by our freshly brewed tea or coffee and our homemade cakes and biscuits. Admission is £1.00 for a drink and biscuit or £1.50 for a drink and cake. Drinks are refilled free of charge. For a list of all the community events held in New College Hall, including hiring details, please click more.



Just Giving

We depend greatly on the generosity of people far and wide and are very grateful to all those who kindly donate both occasionally and regularly.

If you would like to support us in our efforts to keep the Priory in good condition, both as a place of worship and a historic building, please contact Geoff Burgess (PCC treasurer) on 01946 824416 or visit the Just Giving website.

Many thanks.