St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall

St Mary's church dates back to the 13th-century.  Sturminster means 'large church on the river Stour'.

The word 'Marshall' was added when the village was gifted to William Marshall, Prince Regent of England and a principal signatory of the Magna Carta, an important document which declared that nobody is above the law, not even the King.


Please do come and visit our beautiful church, it is open every day.  On Saturday and Sunday afternoons between Easter and the end of September you can sample some Dorset cream teas and other goodies in the Old School across the road (thereby helping local charities).  And of course you will find a warm welcome in the Red Lion pub, opposite the church, all year round!

Red Post Benefice

As a result of the splitting up of the Bridge Benefice, St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall is now part of the Benefice of Red Post in the care of Rev Justin Pottinger.

This webpage will now highlight what's going on in St Mary's church, so do continue to visit.

The communities of Sturminster Marshall, Kingston Lacy and Shapwick produce a monthly magazine, The Bridge, which is delivered to over a thousand households in the area.  You can read the January 2022 edition here.

December's edition is still available here.

Services in our Church

1st Sunday


Sung Eucharist

2nd Sunday


Holy Communion

3rd Sunday


All Age Worship

4th Sunday


Holy Communion

5th Sunday




In the Red Post Benefice we take our responsibilities concerning the safeguarding of children, young people, and vulnerable adults very seriously, and we try to ensure that we always work in accordance with best practice.  Our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed here.

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Safeguarding Officer,

Kate Brice.

Coronavirus update

Our churches are now open for services,

following all Covid precautions.

We are active in the community and we are still praying.

If we can support you in any way, please do contact us:

Tel: 01929 459244

Rev Justin Pottinger