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.

Come and celebrate Christmas with us!  See below for special services as well as our regular ones.

Also -  Rocester church will be open 10am - 3pm on 7th & 8th Dec for a Christmas Tree Festival and Market with Santa in the belfry with presents.   Denstone church will be open 11am - 3pm on 14th & 15th Dec for a Christmas Festival.

Going somewhere new is never the easiest thing to do, so we hope our website helps you learn more about us, and makes that first visit easier.   We would love to say hello in person, so please do come and join us at any of the services. 

Services this month






1 Dec

 9 am All Age worship

10.30am Communion

10.30am Service of the Word

 7pm Communion &
remembering loved Ones

 Fri 6 Dec

6pm   Advent Carols suitable for children



 7.30pm  Bells Concert

8 Dec

 9 am Communion

3pm Christingle

10.30am Communion & 
remembering loved Ones 

 3pm Family Service

Fri 13 Dec

 6.30pm musical evening




15 Dec

 9 am Communion

10.30am Communion
4pm Carol service

no service

 7pm Carol service

22 Dec

 9 am Communion

10.30am Communion &
youth play

7pm Carol service

no service

Christmas Eve

5.30pm nativity
9.30pm Communion
4pm Donkey Walk from village hall
11.30pm Communion
no service3pm Christingle

 Christmas Day

 no service

 10am Family Communion

 8.30am Communion

no service 

 29 Dec

 no service

 10.30 Joint benefice communion

 no service

 no service

There is Communion at 9am every Tuesday at Denstone and Wednesday at Rocester at 9am.  Both are relaxed and informal
All services use Common Worship, modern English words, except Evensong which is Book of Common Prayer.
The usual pattern of services is Denstone 9am (first Sunday, all age); Rocester 10.30am (2nd Sunday all age); Hollington 10.30am and Croxden 3pm or 7pm, alternate weeks.

Click Sermons and magazine letters  and links to other things


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:  ywdenby@gmail.com;  Rocester – Sue Hutchinson –  07718 900618    email:  susandhutchinson@hotmail.com; Croxden with Hollington – Chris Podmore – 07472 666314  email:  grovecottage@icloud.com

see also https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/safeguarding/

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)