This is the 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.
For our weekly notice sheet which contains details of services and events: click here for Sunday 3rd December
Sunday and Christmas Day Services:
10.30 Service of the Word
|10.30am Songs of Praise|
7pm Carol Service
10 for 10.30am Café Church
|7pm Carol Service|
4pm Donkey walk from village hall
|10.30AM Benefice Communion|
What’s on in December
Sat 2nd 2-4pm Denstone Christmas Fair
Wed 6th 1.30pm Rocester Mothers Union
Fri 8th 6.30pm Advent to Christmas at Denstone
Sat 9th 7.30pm Tinsel, Turkey & Trumpets at Croxden
Sun 10th 3pm Gresley Youth Band Concert at Rocester
Tue 12th No 9am communion at Denstone
Wed 13th 10am Barrowhill Home Carol Services
Sat 16th 10am meeting at Denstone for those interested in taking part in the crib service.
10am-12noon Christmas Crafts for Children at Rocester
Mon 18th 1pm Craftea Party at Rocester
6pm Dove School Carol Service at Rocester
Tues 19th 1pm Little Angels Christmas Party at Rocester
Wed 20th 9.30am Ryecroft Christmas Service at Rocester
Thurs 21st 8.30am-11.45am JCB Academy Christmas assemblies at Rocester
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.
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, and a safe way of distributing communion.
See each church's page for details of their usual monthly pattern of services and the notice sheet (click above) for this week's events.
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, but 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.
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: email@example.com; Rocester and Croxden with Hollington – Sue Hutchinson – 07718 900618 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)