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 goes in to its third lockdown, we find ourselves in the position of closing our public worship spaces again. Whilst we know that is is only temporary we also understand how hard it is for you not to be able to attend. Rest assured you are in our prayers and will continue to be.

Our public buildings are closed until the first Sunday in February (7th). if anything changes the website and Facebook pages will be updated. There is some good news though, we have been working on our live streaming and we have made good progress! If you would like to join us live on Sunday morning at 1030am please go to our Facebook pages or you can watch later once the service has been uploaded to YouTube, we will add a link below.

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)

This weeks service can be found here January 10th 2020

Other recent Services

Sunday 3rd January Service of the Word, with Bishop Clive preaching.

Midnight Mass service is here

Christmas Day service is here we did have some technical issues with going live today.

There is a daily reflection in the morning and an evening prayer on Facebook (most days)   Click here for the Sunday 20th December, a Communion service including the youth groups 'Lockdown Nativity' .

For a link to Sunday evening's Annual Memorial Service of Light, where we remembered our loved ones click here


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 lineDaily 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

I will be praying on-line most days via the St Michael's Facebook Page and will share it afterwards with the other pages.

To watch Sunday morning's worship - here (3rd Jan )   


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)