All Church of England churches are now closed in line with the Government’s instructions.
Consequently, there will be no regular worship, weddings or baptisms in church at the present time. 
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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 benefice 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 BENEFICE

 

The Benefice of 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 benefice follow the River Severn. The benefice extends through the North Shropshire Plain with the landmark 1,335 ft. hill, the Wrekin, located close to the eastern edge of the benefice.

 

The benefice takes its name from the parish of Wrockwardine, near to the market town of Wellington. The benefice includes large centres of population in the villages of Admaston and Bratton on the north western edge of Telford with the remainder of the benefice 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 benefice - 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 Church will take place at

 

Withington Parish Room on Good Friday 10th April (Messy Easter - 10am until 12noon),

Ellerdine Village Hall on Good Friday 10th April (Messy Easter - 10am until 12noon),

Wrekin Forest School, Crudgington on Sunday 19th April,

Upton Magna Village Hall on Sunday 3rd May and

High Ercall Village Hall on Sunday 17th May (Messy Confirmation, Bishop Sarah of Shrewsbury attending)

 

Unless stated otherwise, Messy Church starts 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 benefice serving the primary schools of Bratton, High Ercall and Upton Magna. There is a team from outside the benefice 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 benefice. 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.

FUTURE EVENTS

 

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

 

The first UPTON MAGNA MEANDER (Walk, Run, or Cycle) will be held on Saturday 2nd May. A walk or run of 10-12 miles for those who like a challenge, a family walk between 4-5 miles or cycle 20-25 miles along lesser-known lanes. Full details at uptonmagna.com. Proceeds to St. Lucia's Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESERVING WALL PAINTINGS: FROM ENGLISH CHURCHES TO EGYPTIAN TOMBS

an illustrated presentation by Lisa Shekede & Stephen Rickerby

 

The medieval church of St Lucia, Upton Magna, was substantially rebuilt and restored by the famous Gothic Revival architect, G. E. Street, in 1856. A scheme of internal decoration originally covered the entire interior, which was subsequently covered over. Lisa Shekede and Stephen Rickerby have been carrying out work to reveal some of this painting.

 

The decoration at St Lucia's Church is part of a long tradition. From our earliest cultures to the present day, we have decorated with paintings the places that we inhabit, in both life and death. Wall paintings are found in all parts of the world. They have been used by rulers to immortalise their authority, by the wealthy to display their opulence, and by the less wealthy to demonstrate their aspirations. Pagan cults and religions of all faiths have developed imagery for decorating the walls of tombs, churches and temples. The human desire to decorate houses with painting has left glimpses of how people like us lived thousands of years ago. In more recent times, wall paintings have become symbols of popular protest. This illustrated presentation will explore approaches and issues involved in conserving our vast and varied wall painting heritage, including in English medieval churches, Buddhist cave temples in China and Bhutan, rock-cut churches in Ethiopia and Egyptian tombs.

 

Lisa Shekede and Stephen Rickerby are wall painting conservators who work internationally. Past and current projects include Byzantine churches in Cyprus, ancient tombs in Egypt, Buddhist caves and temples in China and Bhutan, and rock-cut churches in Ethiopia. They also work on a wide variety of wall paintings and decorative schemes in the UK, from the medieval to the modern period.

 

Thursday 2nd April at 7:30pm at Upton Magna Village Hall, SY4 4TZ

Entrance fee: £5 per person. Refreshments available. All proceeds to St Lucia's Parish Church, Upton Magna.

You are also invited to view the paintings in the church on the same day from 6pm.

For further information contact Sue Woods on 01743 709624.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Reader:

Rhys Morris

rhys@disciple.plus.com

07434-452677

 

Community Lay Minister:

Jim Tough

jimtoughwv@gmail.com

01952-510530

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Minister:

Rev Christine Tough

christine.v.tough@gmail.com

01952-510530

 

Curate:

Rev Lisa Knight

wrockwardinecurate@talktalk.net

07729-621554

 

Lay Minister:

Rosalie Wheeldon

michael.wheeldon2@btinternet.com

01952-770247

 

Deanery Lay Chair:

John Wardle

john@wardle.com

01952-248928

 

 

 

 

PLANNED SERVICE TIMES BY DATE

SHOULD THE ADVICE CHANGE

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PLANNED SERVICE TIMES BY CHURCH

SHOULD THE ADVICE CHANGE

Click on parish to view service times

  • Buildwas - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 3.00pm unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    4th@4 (4pm)

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Evening Worship

    Holy Communion

    Evening Worship

    4th@4 (4pm)

  • Eaton Constantine - Church of St Mary the Virgin

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Service

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Morning Worship

  • High Ercall - St Michael and All Angels Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

     

    Thursday 9 April

    Good Friday 10 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Service

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Holy Communion (8am)

    Family Worship

    Maundy Thursday Supper Service (7pm)

    Messy Church at the Village Hall (10am)

    Family Communion

    Morning Prayer

    Family Service

  • Leighton - St Mary's Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Thursday 9 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Service

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Holy Communion

    Maundy Thursday Supper Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Evening Worship (6.30pm)

  • Longdon on Tern - St Bartholomew's Church

    Services at 9.45am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Service

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Morning Worship

  • Rodington - St George's Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Methodist Service

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Methodist Service

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service

  • Rowton - All Hallows Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Good Friday 10 April

     

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Service (3pm)

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Morning Worship

    Messy Church at Ellerdine Village Hall (10am)

    Ecumenical Service

    Holy Communion

    Holly Communion

    Family Service (3pm)

  • Uffington - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Thursday 9 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Communion (11.00am)

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Morning Worship

    Maundy Thursday Supper Service

    HolyCommunion (11.00am)

    Morning Worship

    HolyCommunion (11.00am)

  • Uppington - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 9.45am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Joint at Eaton Constantine (9.30am)

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Morning Worship

  • Upton Magna - St Lucia's Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Service (4pm)

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Evening Worship (6.30pm)

  • Withington - St John the Baptist's Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 22 March

    Sunday 29 March

    Sunday  5 April

    Sunday 12 April

    Sunday 19 April

    Sunday 26 April

    Family Communion

    Benefice Family Communion Upton Magna 11am

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Family Communion

  • Wrockwardine - St Peter's Church

    Sunday 22 March

     

    Sunday 29 March

     

    Sunday  5 April

     

    Thursday 9 April

    Good Friday 10 April

     

    Sunday 12 April

     

    Sunday 19 April

     

    Sunday 26 April

    8.00am

    11.15am

     

     

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    7.00pm

    4.00pm

    6.00pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    Holy Communion

    Family Service

    Benefice Family Communion
       at Upton Magna 11am

    Morning Service

    Holy Communion

    Maundy Thursday Supper Service

    Ecumenical Service

    Private Prayer and Reflection

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Evening Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

 

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

  • 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 29 March , Fifth Sunday of Lent, Start of Passiontide

    Benefice Family Communion at Upton Magna at 11.00am

  • Sunday 5 April, Palm Sunday

    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

    6.30pm

    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
    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Evening Worship

    Family Service

    Holy Communion

  • Maundy Thursday 9 April

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:

    Uffington:

    Wrockwardine:

    7.00pm

    7.00pm

    7.00pm

    7.00pm

    Supper Service

    Supper Service

    Supper Service

    Supper Service

  • Good Friday 10 April

    High Ercall:

    Rowton:

     

    Wrockwardine:

    10.00am

    10.00am

    7.00pm

    4.00pm

    6.00pm

    Messy Church in the Village Hall

    Messy Church at Ellerdine Village Hall

    Ecumenical Service

    Ecumenical Service

    Private Prayer and Reflection

  • Sunday 12 April, Easter Day

    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

    11.00am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Family Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

  • Sunday 19 April, Second Sunday of Easter

    Buildwas:

    Crudgington:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    9.30am

    11.00am

     

    9.45am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Evening Service

    Messy Church at Wrekin Forest School

    Holy Communion

    Morning Prayer

    NO SERVICE

    Family Service

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship

    Family Worship

    Evening Worship

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

  • Sunday 26 April, Third Sunday of Easter

    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

    6.30pm

    9.30am

    8.00am

    11.15am

    4th@4

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship

    Evening Worship

    Morning Worship

    Methodist Service

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Eveing Worship

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

In addition to the Holy Week services noted above,

the churches at Eaton Constantine, Longdon upon Tern, Uppington, Upton Magna and Wrockwardine will be open  between 7.00pm and 8.00pm for quiet prayer and reflection on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 6/7/8 April.

All churches will be open between 12.00noon and 3.00pm on Good Friday 10 April.

All Church of England churches are now closed in line with the Government’s instructions. Consequently, there will be no regular worship, weddings or baptisms in church at the present time.

Please watch our daily reflection on the left below and then play the video on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reflection is also available on our Facebook page.

 

COLLECT FOR WEEK COMMENCING SUNDAY 29 MARCH - Start of Passiontide

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

LECTIONARY READINGS (click on link to view reading):

 

MONDAY 30 MARCH

Susannah 1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62     Psalm 23                                       John 8.1-11

 

TUESDAY 31 MARCH

Numbers 21.4-9                                Psalm 102.1-3,16-23                     John 8.21-30

 

WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL

Daniel 3.14-20, 24-25, 28                  Canticle: Bless the Lord                John 8.31-42

 

THURSDAY 2 APRIL

Genesis 17.3-9                                  Psalm 105.4-9                               John 8.51-end

 

FRIDAY 3 APRIL

Jeremiah 20.10-13                            Psalm 18.1-6                                 John 10.31-end

 

SATURDAY 4 APRIL

Ezekiel 37.21-end                             Psalm 121                                     John 11.45-end

 

COLLECT FOR SUNDAY 5 APRIL (Palm Sunday) until WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

SUNDAY 5 APRIL

Isaiah 50.4-9a                                   Psalm 31.9-16                               Phillippians 2.5-11                 Matthew 26.14 - 27.66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

SAFEGUARDING

 

The Parochial Church Councils of each parish in the benefice of 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 is committed to Safeguarding and has adopted the National and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies. A Parish Safeguarding Policy has agreed by each parish (view/download).

 

Each parish has a Safeguarding Coordinator who works with the Parochial Church Council to ensure its safeguarding policy and associated procedures are implemented and regularly reviewed. The Parish Safeguarding Coordinator and his/her contact number, together with other emergency contact numbers are listed on this PDF (view/download).

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFICE OF

WROCKWARDINE DEANERY

Following, Loving, Serving Jesus,
as one church in 21 places

 

 

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Wrockwardine Deanery