About us

We are an estate church on the edge of Derby and are a part of Derby Diocese and Derby City Deanery. We are loosely in the modern Anglo-Catholic Tradition with a fairly relaxed style of doing things. 

The church began in a wooden hut on Brackensdale Avenue on  the 4th of October 1953. It adopted St. Francis of Assisi as it’s patron and a few years later a new church was built on the Estate by the Diocese of Derby. In 1966 a new families centre was built on the side of the church. This was very much the centrepiece of the estate’s life until church attendance waned. 

For a number of years the church struggled, but of late it has gained a new lease of life with lots of new families attending a Fresh Expression of Church. Franky’s Cafe Church is on a journey discovering together what it means to be Christians living in Mackworth and we are enjoying new ways of doing things together. 

We are very active in our local schools and enjoy both being in school and children coming to special services at St. Francis. 


Links in the community

St. Francis Mackworth as well as being a part of Derby City Deanery also partners with Derby City Mission

St. Francis provides volunteers for the Derby Churches Nightshelter as well as the Recovery project.  

We volunteer with Street Pastors on the streets, serving the nighttime economy.

We also support the Jubilee project and Basics Food Banks with food and financial support  


Family Centre


Mackworth Estate Community Association

Lots of events take place in the Community Centre such as keep fit, children's activities, political party meetings, and football clubs use the new changing rooms there. To book the hall please contact MECA as they run this space. 

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Little Owls Playgroup

Also in the Families Centre is the Little Owls Playgroup which provides free nursery places for local children.