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.

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. 

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The Celebration of Marriage service on 28 July at Rocester comes at the end of a flower festival with a theme of wedding anniversaries.  The service is for anyone to attend, the focus will be on marriage, and couples will have the opportunity to re-take their marriage vows.






7 July

 9 am All Age worship

 10.30am Communion

 10.30am  Service of the Word

 7pm Abbey service

14 July

 9 am Communion

 10.30am All Age Worship

10.30am  Communion

 3pm Family service

21 July

 9 am Communion

 10.30am Communion

 10.30am Service of the Word

 7pm Evensong

28 July

 9 am Communion

  3pm Celebration of Marriage

 10.30am  Communion by extension

3pm Communion by extension


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.

The links to vidoes and other websites are now located on the Blogs page.

Sermons and magazine letters can be found on the Blogs page


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)