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 you are aware, due to the Coronavirus situation churches are now closed even for private prayer.
Instead of worship in church there is a daily reflection in the morning and an evening prayer on Facebook (most days) plus on Sunday at 10.30am live worship from the Vicarage, through St Michael's Facebook page. Click here for the latest Sunday's communion service and here for the all age service.
Ascension day service - here
We usually have a Rogation Sunday service on a local farm - this year it is a video - click here to view it
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
I will be praying on-line most days via the St Michael's Facebook Page and will share it afterwards with the other pages.
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: email@example.com; Rocester – Sue Hutchinson – 07718 900618 email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Croxden with Hollington – Chris Podmore – 07472 666314 email: email@example.com
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)