St Mary the Virgin
The Chapel of St Mary the Virgin has been the presence of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the centre of Ullapool, since 1976.
St Mary’s is located in the centre of the thriving village of Ullapool, in Wester Ross. It is from this lovely village that many people come to take the ferry to the stunning Outer Hebrides, and it also plays host to the many cruise ships that visit here during the summer months.
The Church was originally a derelict croft which was purchased by Bishop George Sessford in the early 1970's. It was totally renovated with a view of it serving both as a being the Rectory for the Priest-in-Charge, and in 1975 it was consecrated as a Church for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
More than a year ago, the Scottish Episcopal congregation at St Mary’s in Ullapool registered as an Eco-Church. This meant they became part of a scheme which keeps an eye to best practice ecologically speaking when making decisions about what products to buy, keeping utility costs to a minimum and investing ethically. This is also evident in their worship, choosing at least one hymn each Sunday with a ‘creation’ theme to it, introducing environmental concerns from time to time through preaching, and through Sunday school teaching and activities.Further to this, St Mary’s is making inroads into the community under their Eco-Church banner, by making their chapel available from time to time to the community for the showing of ecologically-minded and environmentally-aware films. The films are made available via Take One Action, and the first showing will be at 7pm on Thursday 4th April. The film will be Fractured Land, and below is a bit about it to whet any appetites! Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served, and entrance will be free.Our thanks go to Joanna Wright, Fr David & Clare Brown who are organising this, and especially to the Ullapool art gallery An Talla Solais, whose generous sponsoring of the St Mary’s Cinema has made the funding of this project possible.For further details, please contact the Rev’d Canon Nicholas Court (Rector) via the details given below:
Our Patron Saint – Mary the Mother of God
Devotion to Mary, Mother of God and of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, is common in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican tradition.
Whilst Mary is not prayed to in Her own right, by honouring Her, we honour Her Son. We believe She has been given a place next to her Son in heaven, from where She prays for, guides and protects those who come to Her for refuge. And so we ask Our Lord’s Blessed Mother to pray for us to Her Son, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
The votive candle-stand by the image of Our Lady in St Mary’s in Ullapool serves to remind us of the power of prayer – a powerful light that no darkness can ever overpower. When we look to Mary, we are also reminded of Her obedience, which is our calling too – and a calling to imitate Her simplicity and trust in God.
All Congregations share tea, coffee and fellowship after every celebration of the Eucharist.
St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool
25 Market Street
Sung Eucharist every Sunday at 10am.
Sunday School meets (during term-time)
during the first part of the service.
Wednesday mid-week Eucharist at 11am.
You would be warmly welcomed at any of our services and events.
For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and house-blessings please contact:
The Rev’d Canon Nicholas Court (Rector)
01854-612506 or 07518-026641
or The Rev’d David Higgon (Associate Priest)
01854-633226 or 07790-032422.
The Lectern-fall at St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool.
This is an original design and was made especially for St Mary's by the Rev'd Valerie Saunders, the starting point was from a photograph taken by her husband Brian. Valerie has fond memories of the years when she had close connections with the congregation.
Local Emergency Fund
The church of Scotland have invited us to contribute to a local emergency fund, which is a Church initiative aimed at supporting families in the village who are struggling financially by providing discretionary emergency payments. This will be administered by Andre Duplessis ( local social worker) to particularly needy cases, and will take the form of Tesco vouchers ( and will not be exchangeable for alcohol nor tobacco products). You will have noticed a receptable at the back of Church labeled "Local Emergancy Fund". This is for such contributions if you wish to make an offering from time to time.
The Rev'd Canon Nicholas Court
Telephone: 01854 612506
Mobile: 07518 026641