OUR WORSHIP

 

On most Sundays we offer worship in all of our twelve parishes. Most parishes have a common service time each week but some parishes vary the service times from week to week, so please check the times detailed on this website if you are planning to attend one of our services. Occasionally (usually, but not exclusively, on the fifth Sunday in a month), we hold joint services where people from a number of parishes in our Deanery meet together to worship.

 

We offer a range of services in our churches, some using formats from the Book of Common Prayer and others based on the more recent Common Worship formats. Wherever you chose to join us, and whatever service is being held when you attend, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

 

 

 

OUR DEANERY

 

Wrockwardine Deanery is a grouping of twelve parishes (thirteen churches) set amongst beautiful countryside in rural Shropshire nestled between Shrewsbury to the west and Telford to the east. Much of the southern and western boundaries of the Deanery follow the River Severn. The Deanery extends through the North Shropshire Plain with the landmark 1,335 ft. hill, the Wrekin, located close to the eastern edge of the Deanery.

 

The Deanery takes its name from the parish of Wrockwardine, near to the market town of Wellington. The Deanery includes large centres of population in the villages of Admaston and Bratton on the north western edge of Telford with the remainder of the Deanery consisting of smaller communities in villages and hamlets.

 

The twelve parishes are Buildwas, Eaton Constantine with Wroxeter, High Ercall, Leighton-under-Wrekin, Longdon-on-Tern, Rodington, Rowton, Uffington, Uppington, Upton Magna, Withington and Wrockwardine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOR OUR YOUNGER PEOPLE

 

We hold Praise & Play in Wrockwardine church every Friday morning between 10 and 11.30am (except during school holidays). Rodington Village Hall hosts Praise & Play on the first Wednesday of each month between 10 and 11.30am. There is also a Praise & Play group at Upton Magna Village Hall on the third Wednesday of a month between 9.30 and 11am.

 

We have two Messy Churches meeting around the Deanery - one with a rotation around the villages of High Ercall, Rodington, Longdon upon Tern, Rowton and Ellerdine, and a second around the villages of Uffington, Upton Magna and Withington.

 

Messy Churches will take place at

 

Upton Magna Village Hall on Sunday 2nd February,

Ellerdine Village Hall on Sunday 16th February,

Uffington Village Hall on Sunday 1st March and

Longdon upon Tern Village Hall on Sunday 15th March.

 

All start at 9.30am for approx 90 minutes.

 

We hold family fun events around Lent and Pentecost. Local Schools participate in our Easter Experience event.  During the first week of August we hold a family orientated Holiday Club.

 

We have two Open the Book teams in the deanery serving the primary schools of Bratton, High Ercall and Upton Magna. There is a team from outside the deanery who provide Open the Book into Crudgington school. We hope to soon have a team available to provide Open the Book into Buildwas school.

 

We hold a monthly Youth Café in the Deanery. This meets on the second Friday in the month between 7pm and 8.30pm. We play games, have craft activities, support OCC shoebox appeal and sometimes we learn a new skill. We have our café time of hot chocolate and pizzas, chip butties or other delights and finish with a time of worship and reflection. The next Youth Café is at Upton Magna Village Hall on Friday 14th February..

 

NEWS

National Lottery support enables St Lucia’s to team up with the RNIB.

 

St Lucia’s Church, Upton Magna, Shropshire is looking forward to 2019 having received £204,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin its urgent repairs in the Spring.

 

Churchwarden, Linda Carding, said “ We are delighted to have received this grant, made possible by National Lottery players, it’s wonderful to know that we will be able to preserve St Lucia’s heritage for future generations, especially after being on the Heritage England “at risk “ register for several years facing the possibility of closure.”

 

This 12th Century church, dedicated to Saint Lucy, the patron saint of light and eyesight has stood at the heart of this rural community for over 1000 years. This project aims to carry out essential structural repairs to the roof, tower and drainage before initiating a wide range of heritage activities.

 

Fabric Fund Co-ordinator Sue Woods added “ We are privileged to be offered the opportunity to work alongside the Royal National Institute of Blind People and their Transcription centre. Tactile diagrammatic maps, books and models along with digital technology will be introduced to share the fascinating story of St Lucy, our rare and ancient bells and the history of this Medieval church to all visitors.”

 

A variety of new and exciting activities are planned involving the local community, plus the pupils of St Lucia’s Primary School will be developing a sensory garden in the churchyard. Headteacher Sarah Woolley said “We are delighted that the school is to be actively involved with this project”.

 

Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham added “I am so pleased to hear that the church in Upton Magna has been awarded this  National Lottery support. The church plays an important part within the local community and it is essential that it is repaired and restored to enable it to continue to support the people of the village in a way it has done for many years. I will follow the developing association with St Lucy and the RNIB with interest.”

 

Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands said: “We have been delighted to support St Lucia to carry out urgent repairs and engage new audiences with this much-loved local landmark. Thank you to the National Lottery players who have made it possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Events happening in and around our deanery over the next few weeks include:

 

OPEN MEETINGS

There are three open meetings for church members as well as those on Parochial Church Councils. All PCC members are asked to attend one of these meetings. The meetings will be looking at the places of worship in our deanery that are growing and asking why? How can we be effective in our mission work and see more growth? Tim Lea, an expert in these areas, will be leading these meetings. As we are seeing significant growth in some of our church communities it is a good time to reflect on why. If you cannot go to the evening allocated to your parish, please attend one of the other two meetings. The meetings will be held in the week commencing 20 January:

  • Monday 20th January 7.30pm - 9.00pm at Longdon upon Tern Village Hall
    (primarily for church members from High Ercall, Longdon upon Tern, Rodington and Rowton)
  • Tuesday 21st January 7.30pm - 9.00pm at Withington Parish Room
    (primarily for church members  from Uffington, Upton Magna, Withington and Wrockwardine)
  • Wednesday 22nd January 7.30pm - 9.00pm at Eaton Constantine Village Hall
    (primarily for church members  from Buildwas, Eaton Constantine, Leighton and Uppington)

 

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES. You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Northwest Telford on Friday 24th January between 7pm and 9pm at Holy Trinity Church, Hadley. Hear exciting stories of how God is transforming the lives of people and the area around us.

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICES on Sunday 26th January at Rowton (3pm) and Leighton (4pm)

 

COFFEE AND CONVIVIAL CHAT at St Georges Church, Rodington on Wednesday 29th January between 10.15am and noon.

 

REVD SUZAN WILLIAMS has been appointed Rector of Whittington and West Felton with Haughton (close to Oswestry) and will be licensed at St. John the Baptist’s church in Whittington on Saturday 1st February at 6.30pm.

 

FLICKS IN THE STICKS will be showing “Judy” (12A), a 2019 biographical drama film about American singer and actress Judy Garland on Saturday 8th February in Withington Parish Room at 7.30pm. Starring Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock Tickets £4 from Jon Scutt 01743 709236 or Val Nolan 01743 709698.

 

THE BUILDWAS PLAYERS present their 2020 panto "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, and Saturday 8th February from 7.30pm until approximately 10pm, with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm, at Buildwas Village Hall. Tickets cost £6, children (16 and under) £4. Visit www.alibabapanto.eventbrite.co.uk. Raising funds for Telford First Responders and The Leighton Church Restoration Fund.

 

KEVIN ROBERTS, former Archdeacon of Carlisle and Team Vicar at Meole Brace, Shrewsbury heads up a national Christian ministry called 'ReSource', which has recently moved its offices from Somerset to Telford. Kevin is a very gifted speaker and is coming to lead a morning of reflection and refreshing to help us in our Christian discipleship. There will be teaching, reflection and an opportunity for quiet prayer.

It is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to further their discipleship, and helpful for anyone in leadership. It is being held

at St Peter’s Church, Wrockwardine on Saturday 8th February from 9.30am until 12noon

 

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

Team Rector and Rural Dean:

Rev Andy Ackroyd

revandy320@btinternet.com

01952-252078

 

Local Lay Mission and Outreach Minister:

Di Woolridge 
missionwrockwardine@gmail.com 
01743-709983

 

Lay Minister:

Rosalie Wheeldon

michael.wheeldon2@btinternet.com

01952-770247

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Minister:

Rev Christine Tough

christinetough@sky.com

01952-510530

 

Curate:

Rev Lisa Knight

wrockwardinecurate@talktalk.net

07729-621554

 

Deanery Lay Chair:

John Wardle

john@wardle.com

01952-248928

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE TIMES BY DATE

Click on date to view service times

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE TIMES BY CHURCH

Click on parish to view service times

 

 

  • Buildwas - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 3.00pm unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    4th@4 (4pm)

    Evening Worship

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service

    4th@4 (4pm)

    Evening Worship

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service

    4th@4 (4pm)

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Eaton Constantine - Church of St Mary the Virgin

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Wednesday 26 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Morning Service

    Morning Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion (7.00pm)

    Morning Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Service

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • High Ercall - St Michael and All Angels Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

     

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

     

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion (8am)

    Family Worship

    Family Communion

    Morning Prayer

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion (8am)

    Family Worship

    Family Communion

    Morning Prayer

    Family Service

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Leighton - St Mary's Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Christingle (4pm)

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship (9.30am)

    Morning Service

    Evening Worship (6.30pm)

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship (9.30am)

    Morning Service

    Family Service

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Longdon on Tern - St Bartholomew's Church

    Services at 9.45am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Morning Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Messy Church (9.30am)

    Family Service

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Rodington - St George's Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Methodist Service

    Methodist Service

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service

    Methodist Service

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Rowton - All Hallows Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Christingle (3pm)

    NO SERVICE

    Morning Worship

    Messy Church at Ellerdine Village Hall

    Holy Communion (3pm)

    NO SERVICE

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Service (3pm)

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Uffington - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Holy Communion (11.00am)

    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship (6.30pm)

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion (11.00am)

    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship (6.30pm)

    Family Worship

    Family Communion (11.00am)

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Uppington - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 9.45am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Morning Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Family Worship

    Morning Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Family Worship

    Joint at Eaton Constantine (9.30am)

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Upton Magna - St Lucia's Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

     

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Evening Service (4pm)

    Messy Church in the Village Hall

    Evening Worship (4pm)

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Evening Service (4pm)

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Family Service (4pm)

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Withington - St John the Baptist's Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 26 January

    Sunday 2 February

    Sunday 9 February

    Sunday 16 February

    Sunday 23 February

    Sunday 1 March

    Sunday 8 March

    Sunday 15 March

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Family Worship

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Family Communion (9.30am)

    Deanery Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

  • Wrockwardine - St Peter's Church

    Sunday 26 January

     

    Sunday 2 February

     

    Sunday 9 February

     

    Sunday 16 February

     

    Sunday 23 February

     

    Sunday 1 March

     

    Sunday 8 March

     

    Sunday 15 March

     

    Sunday 22 March

     

    Sunday 29 March

    8.00am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Family Service

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Family Service

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

    Holy Communion

    Family Service

    Deanery Family Communion
        at Upton Magna 11am

  • Sunday 26 January, Third Sunday of Epiphany

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    4.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    4.00pm

    9.45am

    11.00am

    3.00pm

    11.00am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    4th@4

    Morning Service

    Family Worship

    Christingle

    Morning Service

    Methodist Service
    Christingle

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

  • Sunday 2 February, Presentation of Christ in the Temple

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

     

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:

     

    Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.00am

    11.00am

    9.45am

    11.00am

     

    9.30am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    4.00pm

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service
    NO SERVICE

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Messy Church in the Village Hall

    Evening Worship

    Evening Worship

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

  • Sunday 9 February, Third Sunday before Lent

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    9.45am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Family Communion

    Family Worship

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship
    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

  • Sunday 16 February, Second Sunday before Lent

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    11.00am

    9.45am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Evening Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Prayer

    Morning Service

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Messy Church at Ellerdine Village Hall

    Family Worship

    Family Worship

    Family Worship

    Evening Worship

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

  • Sunday 23 February,  Sunday next before Lent

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    4.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    6.30pm

    9.45am

    11.00am

    3.00pm

    11.00am

    9.45am

    4.00pm

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    4th@4

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship

    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Methodist Service
    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

  • Wednesday 26 February, Ash Wednesday

    Usual service of Holy Communion at Wrockwardine at 10.30am

    Holy Communion at Eaton Constantine at 7.00pm

  • Sunday 1 March , First Sunday of Lent

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

     

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:

    Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.00am

    11.00am

    9.45am

    11.00am

     

    9.30am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service
    NO SERVICE

    Messy Church in the Village Hall

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

  • Sunday 8 March , Second Sunday of Lent

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    9.45am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Family Communion

    Family Worship

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship
    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

  • Sunday 15 March , Third Sunday of Lent

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Evening Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Prayer

    Morning Service

    Messy Church

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Family Worship

    Family Worship

    Evening Worship

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

  • Sunday 22 March , Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    4.00pm

    9.30am

    11.00am

    11.00am

    9.45am

    11.00am

    3.00pm

    11.00am

     

    4.00pm

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    4th@4

    Family Service

    Family Service

    Family Service

    Family Service

    Methodist Service

    Family Service

    Family Communion

    Joint at Eaton Constantine (9.30am)

    Family Service

    Family Communion

    Holy Communion

    Family Service

  • Sunday 22 March , Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Deanery Family Communion at Upton Magna at 11.00am

 

 

Every Tuesday between 12.00noon and 1.00pm

Individual Prayer and Reflection at Wrockwardine Church

 

Every Wednesday at 10.30am

Holy Communion at Wrockwardine Church

 

 

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

 

 

Baptisms

 

You can be baptised as an infant or an adult. During the service, water is sprinkled on the head of those being baptised. It is a symbolic act which means that the person being baptised has become part of the family of God. Many parents choose to baptise their children in a service that is sometimes called ‘Christening’ to celebrate the new life of their child and commit to raising the child in the Christian faith.

 

Thanksgiving for Children

 

Some parents may not wish to make this commitment at this stage in a child’s life and we also offer a service of thanksgiving following the birth of a child, rather than baptism.

 

If you are interested in being baptised, or having children baptised, please contact a member of our clergy team who can discuss this with you. You will find their contact details here.

 

 

 

Weddings

 

Over 40,000 weddings take place in Church of England parish churches every year. Getting married is a really joyful and exciting time, but it can sometimes be stressful. One of our clergy team can offer you guidance and support not only in planning your wedding day, but also in your married life together.

 

If you’re thinking of getting married in a church, we would love to discuss this with you. Click here to view our team contact information

 

Services of Blessing and Thanksgiving

 

If you choose to get married outside of a church in a civil ceremony, you can still have a service of blessing on your marriage in one of our churches. One of our clergy team will be pleased to help you plan the service and advise what sort of service will suit you best.

 

 

 

Funerals

 

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. The death of a loved one is an extremely sad and difficult time, so our clergy team is available to offer you help and support. You do not need to be a regular church attender to arrange a funeral; everyone is able to organise a funeral service with us, even if you have never gone to church. Please feel free to contact one of our team if you want to discuss funeral arrangements, or for help and support at this difficult time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR CHURCHES

 

  • Buildwas - Holy Trinity Church

    Holy Trinity Church at Buildwas dates from 1720 and replaced a medieval church. The book "The Buildings of England: Shropshire (Newman and Pevsner, 2006) describes it as “a diminutive building”. The chancel of the church was “gothicised” in 1864. The pulpit of the church is Jacobean. Its west gallery dates from 1720 and is supported by strong square pillars which also support the bellcote. The east chancel window dates from around 1864 and depicts scenes from the life of Christ. The church hosts a number of nineteenth century memorial tablets.

    Postcode: TF8 7DA, Map reference: SJ 643045

  • Crudgington - St Mary's Church

    St Mary's church in Crudgington is in the Parish of High Ercall, built in 1863 by J L Randal. It has a wooden bell chamber and spirelet

    Postcode: TF6 6JY, Map reference: SJ 632181

  • Eaton Constantine - St Mary's Church

    The present church building, which replaced the original medieval church, was built in 1847-48 by Thomas Smith of Madeley. It has a two-bay chancel, vestry, nave, south porch (the entrance) and a "bellcote". There are steep roofs and a buttress. It has a circular Norman font.

    The box pews are unusual and there is a west gallery supported on iron columns. The organ, which can still be played, dates
    from 1762.

    Postcode SY5 6RF, Map reference SJ 599062

  • High Ercall - St Michael and All Angels Church

    Although not mentioned in the Domesday Book there seems little doubt that the original church was built around the year 1090. The church was enlarged in about the year 1200 when the present fine arcades were positioned where the outer walls formerly stood.

    History has little to relate about the fortunes of the church until the momentous years of the Civil War when, in 1645, during the siege of the Royalists in the adjoining Manor House (now the Hall), it suffered considerable damage. In the year 1689 it was recorded that a peal of four bells was already hanging in the belfry, two more were added seventeen years later, and the last two were hung in 1812. The bells have been restored on a number of occasions since then. This fine peal of bells is rung regularly throughout the year. In 1998 a new bell-ringing floor was installed creating an area for kitchen and toilet facilities below.

    The church contains many fine examples of stained glass, an impressive candelabrum, and an effigy of a crusader thought to date

    from 1300, amongst many other interesting features.

    Postcode: TF6 6BE, Map reference SJ 594175

  • Leighton - St Mary's Church

    The Domesday Book of 1087 mentions Leighton Church. Restored in c.1717 with a classical east window. A part of the font is from

    Virconium. The two iron tombs in the Nave, dated 1677 and 1696 were cast in the village where iron was smelt from at least 1650. On the south of the chancel arch is an heraldic device common before and after 1800, which was a memorial of the head of the manorial family. The figure of a Knight Templar in the sancturary is that of Sir Richard Leighton, whose body is said to have been buried in Buildwas Abbey. On the other side is the tomb of William Leighton and Margaret his wife, dated 1540. After the dissolution of Buildwas Abbey in 1534 the rectoral tithe of Leighton Benefice which the Abbey had appropriated centuries earlier, was given by the King to the Manor of Leighton, the owner of which became lay-rector with a seat in the chancel and the responsibility of repairing the chancel. The present bells were cast by Abraham Rudall in 1716 and bear his name and the date.

    Postcode: SY5 6RN,  Map reference SJ 612053

  • Longdon on Tern - St Bartholomew's Church

    The Church of St Bartholomew is a small 18th century, Grade II listed, Georgian stone and red brick church. Built in 1742 the church has seen major alterations and an extension in the late nineteenth century. On the same site stands the refurbished Grade II* listed Longdon-Upon-Tern village hall, formerly a schoolhouse provided by the Duke of Sutherland and opened in 1849; a decline in population meant the school closed in 1970. The west gallery was refurbished in 2010 and can now be used for musical events. The church has excellent acoustics.

    Postcode TF6 6LE, Map reference SJ 618152

  • Rodington - St George's Church

    It is not known how long there has been a village at Rodington. The name is English, meaning the settlement of the people by the River Roden, and English people began to move into the area in the eighth century, although there may have been a settlement before that. The first church was probably built of wood and then replaced with a stone one before the Norman Conquest around 1066. As you enter the church you will see an area of exposed stonework on the wall opposite the door which shows part of the original wall. The original stonework is probably 1000 years old since Rodington is described in the Domesday Book as having a church. The chancel was built in 1843, and eight years later, in 1851, the stone walls were covered in brick and the north aisle was built. The church would then have appeared much as it is now.

    Postcode SY4 4QS, Map reference SJ 588143

  • Rowton - All Hallows Church

    The book "The Buildings of England: Shropshire" (Newman and Pevsner, 2006) says of the church of All Hallow at Rowton "Of coarse purple sandstone. Said to be medieval in origin. Nothing datable earlier than 1800, when the nave was reconstructed wider and the broad lancets [windows] inserted. Short chancel, of brick, dated 1881. West porch dated 1882. Weeny west bell turret."

    The church is set near a farm, with stunning views over farmland, often with cattle grazing in the fields.

    Richard Baxter the English Puritan church leader, theologian and controversialist, called by Dean Stanley "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen" was born at Rowton on 12 November 1615 and is commemorated there by a small stone obelisk, which stands on a triangle of grass at the centre of the village.

    Postcode TF6 6QQ Map reference SJ 613199

  • Uffington - Holy Trinity Church

    Holy Trinity church at Uffington was built in 1856 by S. Pountney Smith. It replaced a medieval building and is built of tooled Grinshill sandstone ashlar. The chancel and nave are in one, with a south chapel and a narrow north aisle. There is a timber framed south porch. Towards the road the gable end of the chancel displays a wheel window over three lancets. There are patterned tiles throughout the church. In the windows there is sixteenth and seventeenth century glass from the Netherlands and Germany, and the square panels in the lancets in the south of the nave came from Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland, two of which are date 1579 and 1658. (See the book "The Buildings of England: Shropshire" (Newman and Pevsner, 2006). The churchyard is a conservation area and has won awards from the Diocese of Lichfield.

    Wilfred Owen, the well-known first world war poet, used to attend Holy Trinity at Uffington, crossing the river from Shrewsbury in
    a coracle!

    Postcode SY4 4SN  Map reference SJ 528139

  • Uppington - Holy Trinity Church

    Holy Trinity Church, Uppington was built around the Norman Period. The original architect was George Sidebotham. It was restored and partly rebuilt in 1885 by J.P. Pritchard of Darlington. All financed by the Fourth Duke of Cleveland. It has since been listed as a grade II building. The book "The Buildings of England" (Newman and Pevsner, 2006) says the church building has an early Norman nave and chancel, with some interesting 11th century features. The blocked north doorway, which has some Anglo Saxon features, is carved with a long dragon with loose knots in its tail. There is a Norman window in the south wall of the chancel and there is a three-light 14th century window. The 1885 rebuilding dramatically altered the building, with heightened and strengthened walls, an extended nave, and a new tower.

    Uppington's association with Wroxeter with its Roman city can be seen in the apparently Roman altar in the churchyard to the south of the nave. There is also an attractive living ancient yew with hollow centre of 28' girth.

    Postcode TF6 5HJ Map reference SJ 601096

  • Upton Magna - St Lucia's Church

    Upton Magna church is dedicated to St. Lucia - one of only two churches in this country dedicated to her, apparently. The first church building was probably a wooden or wattle and daub church and was founded at least as early as the twelfth century, though there is evidence that the chancel dates back to the Norman Conquest. The north wall of the chancel seems to date back to the time when nearby Haughmond Abbey was built (c. 1135). The windows in the north wall seem to date from this period, though the ones in the east wall are a little later, probably thirteenth century and the windows in the south wall are fourteenth century insertions. There was some restoration in the nineteenth century, when the chancel arch was rebuilt and perhaps the east end of the church was also rebuilt. The roof dates from the nineteenth century as does the north aisle and the vestry. The tower was completed in 1475 and

    contains a good ring of six bells, the majority from the seventeenth century, though new bells were added in 1907 and 2007.

    Postcode SY4 4TZ  Map reference SJ 553124

  • Withington - St John the Baptist Church

    The Church was founded in the twelfth Century as a Chapel of Upton Magna. It was entirely rebuilt between 1872 and 1874 in style of the late 13th century. It consists of a 2 bay chancel, with organ chamber on the north side, a 3 bay nave and porch (also on the north side) and at the west end a 4 staged tower, with a clock, topped by a spire which is a landmark for some miles. The fittings include a stone reredos and central panel with relief of the crucifixion, altar rails, an oak lectern and octagonal stone pulpit and font.

    There are still a number of earlier features, including the sixteenth century. There are 2 bells, cast in the thirteenth or fourteenth century which hang in a two tier timber frame for 5 bells of about 1800, pre-dating the 1874 tower. These are the 2nd and 3rd oldest Church bells in Shropshire.

    Postcode SY4 4PZ Map reference SJ 576129

  • Wrockwardine - St Peter's Church

    St. Peter's church, Wrockwardine is thought to be of Saxon origin. The Domesday Book of 1068 refers to a church and a priest(Odelerius) in the settlement. There have been changes to the church over the centuries, but since the Perpendicular age (late fourteenth century) there have been few major alterations. The church building now consists of a nave and chancel, with north and south transepts.

    The north transept houses the Cludde chapel. There is a fine tower with a ring of six bells, which. have been ringing out over the parish for over 600 years.

    The churchyard surrounding the church is now closed for new burials, but contains tombs of some of the family of the Earls of Powis, among others. From the church there are stunning views north and east.

    Postcode TF6 5DG Map reference SJ 624120

SAFEGUARDING

 

The Parochial Church Councils of each parish in the Wrockwardine Deanery take the safety of everyone who comes to church and any of its activities very seriously. They work to safeguarding guidelines provided by the Church of England, for both vulnerable adults and children. The Church of England policies and further information are available on the Church of England website.

 

Each parish has a Safeguarding Officer who works with the Parochial Church Council to ensure our safeguarding policy and procedures are implemented and regularly reviewed. The policy adopted by each of our parishes will be available here soon..

 

The Safeguarding Lead for the Deanery is Team Rector Andy Ackroyd.

 

You can also contact local authorities and charities if you have a safeguarding concern.  Visit the relevant website listed below

 

              Telford Safeguarding Board

              Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board

              Shropshire's Safeguarding Children Board

 

              NSPCC, Help for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

              Childline: Help for children and young people: 0800 1111

              National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

              Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

              Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

 

 

 

 

 

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