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The Parish Church of St Ambrose

A special service for Good Friday will be held in St Ambrose Church on Friday (2017) at 11-15 a.m. There will also be a service of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday at 9-30a.m.


The present church was opened only months after the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It is dedicated to St Ambrose of Milan, the patron saint of beekeepers on St Ambrose’s Feast Day on the 7th December 1805 - beekeeping being very common here at the time.

Drawing of St Ambrose Parish Church
Parish Church of St Ambrose

The church was altered under the Lancaster architects Paley, Austin and Paley in 1895. Out went the box pews and decked pulpit to give a new focus on Holy Communion with a new altar and choir stalls in an extended chancel. The church has some glorious stained glass which contrasts to with its plain white walls and highly stencilled pipe organ. There is an etched window in memory of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Grindleton School.

Below the window depicting St George and also St Joan of Arc, is the war memorial board where the fallen of Grindleton and Sawley in the two world wars are remembered.

The Rector is Rev Roger G Wood who ministers both in Grindleton and in the sister parish of St Peter & St Paul, Bolton by Bowland. Arrangements for the reading of Banns, Baptisms, Weddings & Blessings should be made by contacting the Rector.

St Ambrose Parish Church
St Ambrose Church from the
River Ribble

There is a service of Holy Communion each Sunday morning at 9:30am to which people of all ages are very welcome. Special services are advertised on the church notice-board. Refreshments are served after morning service in The Parish Room which is adjacent to Grindleton Primary School. This room is available for meetings, small functions and parties by contacting Margaret Aspin (01254 824970).

The church, with its sister parish of Bolton by Bowland, publishes Parish News which not only contains details of church activities but also invites contributions from all other organisations in the two parishes.

Time Out Group meets once a month on the fourth Monday. This is a ladies’ group who meet and enjoy various activities include demonstrations, walks etc. Please contact Margaret Haynes (01200 441498).

Harrop Chapel

Harrop Chapel is situated three miles north of Grindleton village near to Harrop Fold, just off the road leading to Slaidburn. The Chapel has the distinction of being the oldest building with Methodist origins in the Clitheroe area, which is still being regularly being used for public worship. A history of the Chapel is availableOpens in a new window.

Photograph of Harrop Chapel
Harrop Chapel

The Chapel was in constant use as a Methodist meeting place until 31st August 1996, when the property was acquired by a group of local trustees chosen from the existing congregation. Worship continued without a break throughout the period of transition. The building was then settled on a new trust deed, the main clause of which states that the property shall be used and enjoyed as a place for the worship, praise, teaching and expounding the Word of God as contained in Holy Scripture in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and that no other doctrine other than those of the Christian Faith shall be preached therein.

We are fortunate in having a building which is very versatile insomuch as it has a good fitted kitchen and also a bathroom and toilet. This enables us to make our premises available to groups from other churches that may wish to spend a few days here.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and as such to be the only rule of faith and doctrine. We seek to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We look to the future and into the New Millennium with great hope, trusting that God is with us to lead us and guide us. Please read our Harrop Christan Fellowship Statement of BeliefOpens in a new window.

Sunday Services and Midweek Meetings: Sunday Worship is held every Sunday at 2.00 pm. We aim to make our meetings both interesting and spiritually refreshing, with a good mix of Music and Song and Preaching of The Word of God. You are welcome to join with us. For more information on Sunday Meetings, please telephone 01200 447665.

Bible Study Meetings are held every Thurday at 7:45pm. The Bible IS RELEVANT today, don't let it gather dust on your bookshelf! God's Word has the authoritive answer to every situation in human experience, because it is a Living Word, and like God, is eternal. God's love wants to meet every need of yours, especially and foremost in reconciling every man and woman back to Himself through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. The gospel is essentially one of reconciliation. Jesus has paid the full price for your salvation. The world is really divided into two camps, those who are “in Christ”, and those who are lost. It is not about “churchianity” but about those who have become members of God's kingdom. Two members have expressed their thoughts in Sign Of The TimesOpens in a new window and Are You Ready?Opens in a new window.

If you want to know more about what the Bible has to say about the present world situation, or what it says about the future, you are welcome to meet with us. If your curiosity gets the better of you and you would like to ask any questions, please email us. For more information, please telephone our Bible Study Leader, Norman Pearson on 07961 526704.