This is the new website for The Dove and Churnet Benefice comprising St Michael's Church, Rocester; All Saints' Church, Denstone; St Giles Church, Croxden and St John the Evangelist Church, Hollington.
A message from the vicar, Liz Jones
As the UK comes out of its third lockdown, we are now resuming worship in three of the buildings: Rocester, Denstone and Hollington. If you are able to join us on Sundays you will find that we have done our best to make the buildings safe with sanitizer, spaces between seating and a safe way of distributing communion.
9am at All Saints, Denstone
10.30am at St Michael’s, Rocester. If you would like to join us online please go to our Facebook pages or you can watch later once the service has been uploaded to YouTube, we will add a link below.
10.30am at St John's, Hollington on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
St Giles' in Croxden are planning to be back in the building on 23rd May.
Morning Prayer Monday to Thursday at about 9am is said in St Michael’s and on Facebook. There is Night Prayer at 6pm on Facebook. There is a daily reflection on the St Michael's Facebook page.
Please contact us if you need anything, we will help you where we can. You can do this through Facebook or the 'contact us' page on this website.
We continue to pray for our communities as we resume life together.
Thursday 13th May is Ascension Day. There will be a service of Holy Communion in St Michael's Church at 9.30am, which you may attend in the building or join us on Facebook too. Once processed, the video will be available via this page.
Join us in praying for God's Kingdom to Come more fully in our lives and in our communities. Please join me in prayer for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon and within our churches and the communities we serve. Special prayer journals will be available in the churches—please take one and use it. Download a pdf of this year's journal - click here
Click here for Sunday 16th May, communion service
Click here for Ascension day service 13th May 2021
click here for the sixth Sunday of Easter Word service on 9th May 2021
Click here to watch the Fifth Sunday of Easter service on 2nd May 2021
Click here to watch the fourth Sunday of Easter service on the 25th April 2021
Click here to watch today's Third Sunday of Easter service April 18th 2021
Click here to listen to today's service Second Sunday of Easter Sunday April 11th 2021
If you would like to give a donation towards the work of any of the churches, then you can do so through Lichfield Diocese - follow this link here
Be assured that I am praying for the 4 villages that I serve and seeking ways to offer pastoral care, not just to church members who are self-isolating, but those who are ill, and to the wider community. PLEASE, DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOMEONE TO TALK TO. Phone 01889 591748 and leave a message including your name and phone number and either I or a member of my team, will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, see the message below from Kisane.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship
services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 –
has been set up particularly with those unable to join online
church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
A pdf booklet of daily reflections and prayers here for use during the period of isolation from European church leaders
A PDF of Psalms to use in difficult times compiled by Terry Jones' friend Rev'd Roger Vaughan - here
Guidance on making a spiritual communion here
a sheet of advice written by a Harley St and Priory Psychiatrist on managing your emotions during isolation - here
Formal Statement of Adoption House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy. St Michael's church, Rocester; All Saints Church, Denstone; St Giles' Church, Croxden and St John the Evangelist Church, Hollington in the Diocese of Lichfield have adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy. Our Safeguarding co-ordinators, to whom any initial enquiries should be made are: Denstone – Yvonne Denby – 01889 590334 email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Rocester – Sue Hutchinson – 07718 900618 email: email@example.com; Croxden with Hollington – Chris Podmore – 07472 666314 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Local Contact Information and where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues e.g. local authority contact details, domestic abuse and key helplines - click here (coming soon)