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.

Click here for the December newsletter - it contains details of our special events for Christmas during the month. Click  here to subscribe and receive it by email.

For our weekly notice sheet which contains details of services and events: click here for Sunday 3rd December

Sunday and Christmas Day Services:






3 Dec

10.30 Service of the Word

10.30am Songs of Praise


3pm communion

10 Dec

9am  Communion

 10.30am Communion

 7pm Carol Service

17 Dec

 10.30am Communion
12.30pm Baptism

10 for 10.30am  Café Church
4pm Carol Service


7pm Carol Service

24 Dec

 5.30pm Nativity
9.30pm  Bethlehem Communion

 4pm Donkey walk from village hall
11.30pm Midnight communion

10.30am Christingle

 25 Dec


 10am Communion


 8.30am Communion

 31 Dec

10.30AM Benefice Communion 

 What’s on in December

Sat 2nd  2-4pm              Denstone Christmas Fair
                 10-4pm           Rocester Christmas Market & Tree Festival
                 7.30-9pm       Driffield Singers Concert at Rocester

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
                     11am-3pm      Voyage Christmas Party at Rocester
                     6-8pm           Drive round carols & Santa—Rocester
                     7pm               Carols by Candlelight service at Denstone

Thurs 21st    8.30am-11.45am JCB Academy Christmas assemblies at Rocester
                     2pm & 6pm      All Saints School Nativity in church




 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. 

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, 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.   

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:  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

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 and Croxden with Hollington  – Sue Hutchinson –  07718 900618    email:  susandhutchinson@hotmail.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)