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 the UK comes out of its third lockdown, we are now resuming worship in three of the buildings:  Rocester, Denstone and Hollington.   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.  

Click here for our weekly notice sheet, which contains details of services and events coming soon. 

For the latest news of church events etc, please see the newsletter - click here for a pdf of January's which will be sent out to email subscribers sometime this week,  and click  here (January's)

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. 

Click here for Sunday 23rd January 2022, Communion

Click here for Sunday 16th January, Word service

Click here for Sunday 9th January, Communion.

click here for Sunday 2nd January 2022 service

click here for Christmas morning service 2021

Click here for Midnight Communion service Christmas Eve 2021

Click here for Sunday 19th December, Holy communion with youth play

Click here for Sunday12th December, Christingle Service

Click here for Sunday 5th December, Annual Memorial Service

Click here for Sunday 5th December, Holy Communion.

Click here for Advent Sunday service

Click here for Sunday 21st November service of the word.

Click here for Remembrance Sunday service.

Click here for Sunday 7th November, Holy Communion including a Baptism

Click here for Sunday 24th October service.  Preacher is Sue Hutchinson.

Here's Sunday 17th October service.  Click here  Preacher is Terry Jones.

Click here for Sunday 3rd October's service in which Liz tackles the difficult subject of divorce and shares some of her own experience.

Click here for Sunday 26th Harvest service with Communion. We apologise for We Plough the Fields and Scatter not being included.  This was due to unforeseen circumstances, and not by choice. 

Click here for Sunday 19th Sept's communion service.

Click here for Sunday 12th September service of the word.

Click here for Sunday 5th September communion service.

Click here for Sunday 29th August communion service - available once YouTube have finished processing.

Click here for Sunday 22nd August communion service.  We apologise for there not being a service recorded 15th August due to technical problems.

Click here for Sunday 8th August service of the word 

Click here to see Sunday 1st August's Communion service

Click here to see Sunday 18th July's Communion service

Click here to see Sunday 11th July's service of the word

Click here to watch the service, we say thankyou to all who have helped us through the past 18 months.

Click here for Sunday 27th June's Communion service, with our guest preacher Revd Dr Carlton Turner

Click here for Sunday 20th June's communion service.

Click here for Sunday 13th Junes service of the word.

Click here for Sunday 6th June

Click here for Trinity Sunday service (30th May 2021)

thanks for donation

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.

phone line

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship
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.

prayers book

The Church of England has produced a booklet of prayers, including Morning and Night Prayer - here.
There are some prayers here for you to use during this time and other resources.    

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

FUNERALS are restricted to close family only.  If you want some prayers to use there is a short service here and a card with a simple prayer here to download.

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

A MESSAGE FROM ONE OF OUR CROXDEN CHURCH MEMBERS:  We are living through a time of unprecedented uncertainty, with government measures concerning self-isolation escalating. If anyone is finding it difficult to cope and would like some simple, telephone-based emotional support, I would be more than happy to help. Please feel free to get in touch with me, via email, kisane.prutton@yahoo.co.uk, or phone 01889-507225
Wishing you all health and peace of mind, Kisane.

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)