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.
Click here for our weekly notice sheet, which contains details of services and events coming soon.
Click here for the latest worship service. Go to our YouTube channel for earlier ones.
A message from the vicar, Liz Jones
The war in Ukraine has shocked and saddened us all. As a benefice we are responding in prayer and in giving.
There is a bucket for donations in St Michael's which will be sent to Christian Aid. In addition a box for gifts of toiletries, children's clothes and first aid equipment will be at the back of church soon.
We have resumed worship in all of our buildings. 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.
See each church's page for details of their usual monthly pattern of services.
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. Now life is getting busier these may not happen every day. 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.
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)