St Andrew's Church
St Andrew's Place
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The Parish Church of St. Andrew's is a large and handsome Georgian building built in the years 1720 and 1722. The tower is all that remains from the original 13th century church.
St. Andrew's is the ancient Parish Church of the historic market town of Penrith and the largest of four churches in the Penrith Team Ministry. Christ Church, Penrith; St. John, Newton Reigny; and St. John the Evangelist, Plumpton Wall.The church is usually open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (in winter months it may be closed a little earlier). You are welcome to visit to explore this beautiful building in the centre of Penrith and to enjoy the stillness and prayerful atmosphere of this place of Christian worship.
Saint Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, is also the patron saint of a number of churches in Cumbria, reflecting the old links north of what is now the border. Despite later 'local difficulties' between the English and the Scots the dedication reminds us of Christian history, and its capacity to bring together peoples of differing backgrounds and traditions.
Saint Andrew appears first in a Christian story, coming with a friend to find out more about Jesus, and then bringing his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus. Later, he and Peter responded to Jesus' call to 'Follow me'. It was Andrew who knew about the boy with five loaves and two fishes, which were to be used by Jesus to feed the 5,000 and Andrew, who with Philip, brought some Greeks to Jesus.
In subsequent generations, Christians have found a variety of ways to bring people to Jesus, and then by worshiping God in Jesus' name. Our church in Penrith, built and rebuilt over the years, reflects the way buildings have been adapted and changed to suit the needs and concerns of Christians who, like Andrew, have heard and responded to the call to 'Follow me'. As you visit our church, and learn something more about its history from this website, may you also find yourself closer to Jesus.