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 and Play in Wrockwardine church every Friday morning between 10 and 11.30am (except during school holidays). Rodington Village Hall also hosts Praise and Play on the first Wednesday of each month.

 

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

 

Uffington Church & Village Hall on Sunday 8th December at 9.30am (Messy Christingle),

Rodington Village Hall on Sunday 15th December at 9.30am,

Withington Parish Room on Sunday 5th January at 9.30am and

High Ercall Village Hall on Sunday 19th January at 9.30am.

 

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 8th November.

 

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:

 

ADVENT HOUSE GROUPS. There are a number of groups that are participating in Advent season courses, looking at preparing to meet Jesus, and will use the video-based resource “Talking Jesus”. Suzan Williams and Chris Tough are each leading groups at their homes on Monday evenings 9th and 16th December at 7.30pm. Andy Ackroyd is leading  a group at Wrockwardine Rectory on Wednesday afternoons 11th and 18th December between 1.30pm and 3pm and Lisa Knight will be leading a course at Upton Magna Business Park on  Thursday evenings from 12th and 19th December starting at 7pm.

 

CAROL SERVICE at Rodington church on Thursday 12th December at 7pm.

 

PUNCH, PIES & CAROLS CHRISTMAS PARTY at Eaton Constantine Village Hall on Friday 13th December at 7.00pm. Bring your family and friends along for an evening of singing and laughter. Admission: Adults £10 Children £2, pay on the door. Proceeds in aid of St. Mary’s Church.

 

COMMUNITY CAROLS at High Ercall Village Hall on Friday 13th December at 7pm.

 

CAROL SERVICE at Buildwas church on Saturday 14th December at 7pm.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL at Leighton church on Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th December from Midday until 5pm.

 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT service at Leighton Church on Sunday 15th December at 11am

 

CAROL SERVICES on Sunday 15th December in churches at Uffington (11am), Rowton (4pm), Eaton Constantine (6pm), and High Ercall (6.30pm).

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at Withington church on Sunday 15th December at 4pm.

 

CAROLS AROUND THE TREE at Upton Magna Business Park on Sunday 15th December at 5pm.

 

HIGH ERCALL SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT at  High Ercall church on Monday 16th December at 2pm.

 

OVERLEY HALL SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT at Wrcokwardine church on Tuesday 17th December at 10am.

 

ST PETER’S SCHOOL BRATTON CAROL CONCERT at All Saint’s Church, Wellington on Tuesday 17th December at 10am and 1.30pm.

 

BUILDWAS SCHOOL CHRISTINGLE at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday 18th December at 2pm.

 

ST LUCIA’S SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT at Upton Magna church on Wednesday 18th December at 2pm.

 

CAROL SINGING AROUND LEIGHTON VILLAGE on the evenings of Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th December - meet at the bottom of Kynnersley Lane at 7pm.

 

ST PETER’S SCHOOL, BRATTON NATIVITY at High Ercall Church on Thursday 19th December at 10am and 11am.

 

CAROL SINGING AROUND THE VILLAGE on Thursday 19th December at Uffington - meet at the Village hall at 7pm, and at Withington - meet at the Hare and Hounds at 6.30pm.

 

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT at Longdon upon Tern church on Thursday 19th December at 7pm.

 

BLUE CHRISTMAS at High Ercall church on Sunday 22nd December at 11am.

 

CAROL SERVICES on Sunday 22nd December in churches at Wrockwardine (3pm), Withington (4pm), Uppington (6pm), and at Leighton (6.30pm).

 

PRAISE AND PLAY at St Peter’s Church, Wrockwardine every Friday in term time between 10am and 11.30am, and at Rodington Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month (second Wednesday in January), 10am until 11.30am. For under 5s and their parents, grandparents or carers. Songs with actions or percussion, story time, craft activities, refreshments and free play.

 

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

Team Rector and Rural Dean:

Rev Andy Ackroyd

revandy320@btinternet.com

01952-252078

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Vicar:

Rev Suzan Williams

swilliams690@gmail.com

01952-770395

 

Local Lay Mission and Outreach Minister:

Di Woolridge 
missionwrockwardine@gmail.com 
01743-709983

 

Lay Minister:

Rosalie Wheeldon

michael.wheeldon2@btinternet.com

01952-770247

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE TIMES BY DATE

Click on date to view service times

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE TIMES BY CHURCH

Click on parish to view service times

 

  • Thursday 12 December

    Rodington:

    7.00pm

     

    Carol Service

  • Saturday 14 December

    Buildwas:

    7.00pm

     

    Carol Service

  • Sunday 15 December, Third Sunday of Advent

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

     

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:

    Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    6.00pm

    6.30pm

    11.00am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    11.00am

    4.00pm

    11.00am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    4.00pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Carol Service

    Carol Service

    Festival of Light

    Family Worship

    Messy Church

    Holy Communion

    Carol Service

    Carol Service

    Family Service

    Family Service

    Christingle

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

  • Thursday 19 December

    Longdon:

    7.00pm

     

    Carols by Candlelight

  • Sunday 22 December, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    High Ercall:           Leighton:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:

    Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    11.00am

    6.30pm

    11.00am

    3.00pm

    6.00pm

    4.00pm

    4.00pm

    8.00am

    3.00pm

    Blue Christmas

    Carol Service

    Methodist Service

    Carols in the Community

    Carol Service

    Carol Service, joint at Withington

    Carol Service

    Holy Communion

    Carol Service

  • Christmas Eve

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:
    High Ercall:

     

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

     

    Uffington:

    Upton Magna:

    Wrockwardine:

    11.30pm

    4.00pm

    4.00pm

    11.30pm

    11.30pm

    9.00pm

    3.00pm

    4.30pm

    10.00pm

    11.30pm

    3.00pm

    3.00pm

    11.30pm

    Midnight Carols

    Christingle and Crib Service

    Crib Service

    Midnight Communion

    Midnight Communion

    Christmas Communion

    Crib Service

    Crib Service

    Christmas Communion

    Midnight Communion

    Crib Service

    Crib Service

    Midnight Communion

  • Christmas Day

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

    Rodington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    9.30am

    10.30am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    11.15am

    Family Communion

    Family Communion

    Family Communion

    Family Communion

    Family Communion joint as Withington

    Family Communion

    Family Communion

  • Sunday 29 December, First Sunday of Christmas

    High Ercall:

    Wrockwardine:

    11.00am

    11.15am

    Holy Communion

    Thanksgiving

  • Sunday 5 January, Second Sunday of Christmas, Epiphany

    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

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Evening Service

    Morning Service

    Holy Communion

    Family Communion

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service
    NO SERVICE

    Morning Worship

    Holy Communion

    Morning Worship

    Messy Church in the Parish Room

    Evening Service

    Family Service

    Holy Communion

  • Sunday 12 January, Baptism of Christ

    High Ercall

    Wrockwardine

    11.00am

    8.00am

    Deanery Service

    Holy Communion

  • Sunday 19 January, Second Sunday of Epiphany

    Buildwas:

    Eaton Constantine:

    High Ercall:

     

    Leighton:                 Longdon on Tern:

    Rodington:

    Rowton:

    Uffington:

    Uppington:

    Upton Magna:   Withington:

    Wrockwardine:

    3.00pm

    9.30am

    9.30am

    11.00am

    11.00am

    9.45am

    11.00am

    9.30am

    9.30am

    9.45am

    9.30am

    6.30pm

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Messy Church in the Village Hall

    Morning Worship

    Morning Worship

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion
    Holy Communion

    Family Worship

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

  • 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

    MorningService

 

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

 

  • Buildwas - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 3.00pm unless otherwise stated

    Saturday 14 December

    Christmas Eve

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Carol Service (7pm)

    Midnight Carols (11.30pm)

    Evening Service

    Deanery Service at High Ercall 11am

    Holy Communion

    4th at 4 (4pm)

  • Eaton Constantine - Church of St Mary the Virgin

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Carol Service (6.30pm)

    Christingle and Crib Service (4pm)

    Christmas Communion

    Morning Service

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

  • High Ercall - St Michael and All Angels Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Eve

     

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 29 December

    Sunday 5 January

     

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Carol Service (6pm)

    Blue Christmas

    Crib Service (4pm)

    Midnight Communion (11.30pm)

    Family Communion (10.30am)

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion (8am)

    Family Worship

    Deanery Service

    Messy Church at the Village Hall (9.30am)

    Family Worship

  • Leighton - St Mary's Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Eve

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Festival of Light

    Carol Service (6.30pm)

    Midnight Communion (11.30pm)

    Holy Communion

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Morning Service

    Christingle (4pm)

  • Longdon on Tern - St Bartholomew's Church

    Services at 9.45am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Thursday 19 December

    Christmas Eve

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Family Worship

    Carols by Candlelight (7pm)

    Christmas Communion (9pm)

    Holy Communion

    Deanery Service at High Ercall 11am

    Family Worship

    Morning Service

  • Rodington - St George's Church

    Services at 11.00am unless otherwise stated

    Thursday 12 December

    Sunday 15 December

     

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Carol Service (7pm)

    Messy Church in the Village Hall (9.30am)

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service

    Crib Service (3pm)

    Christmas Family Communion

    Methodist Service

    Deanery Service at High Ercall 11am

    Holy Communion

    Methodist Service

  • Rowton - All Hallows Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Eve

     

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Carol Service (4pm)

    Carols in the Community (3pm)

    Crib Service (4pm)

    Christmas Communion (10pm)

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Holy Communion

    Christingle (3pm)

  • Uffington - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Christmas Eve

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Carol Service (11am)

    Midnight Communion (11.30pm)

    Morning Worship

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Family Worship

    Holy Communion

  • Uppington - Holy Trinity Church

    Services at 9.45am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Family Service

    Carol Service (6pm)

    Christmas Family Communion

    Holy Communion

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Family Worship

    Morning Service

  • Upton Magna - St Lucia's Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 5 January

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Family Service

    Carol Service joint at Withington (4pm)

    Crib Service (3pm)

    Family Communion joint at Withington 9.30am

    Morning Worship

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Holy Communion

    Evening Service (4pm)

  • Withington - St John the Baptist's Church

    Services at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

    Sunday 15 December

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 5 January

     

    Sunday 12 January

    Sunday 19 January

    Sunday 26 January

    Christingle (4pm)

    Carol Service (4pm)

    Family Christmas Communion

    Messy Church in the Parish Room (9.30am)

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Deanery Service at High Ercall (11am)

    Evening Service (6.30pm)

    Holy Communion

  • Wrockwardine - St Peter's Church

    Sunday 15 December

     

    Sunday 22 December

    Christmas Eve

     

    Christmas Day

    Sunday 29 December

    Sunday 5 January

     

    Sunday 12 January

     

    Sunday 19 January

     

    Sunday 26 January

     

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    3.00pm

    11.30pm

    11.15am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    11.15am

    6.30pm

    8.00am

    11.15am

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

    Holy Communion

    Crib Service

    Midnight Communion

    Family Christmas Communion

    Thanksgiving

    Family Service

    Holy Communion

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

    Sung Communion

    Evening Service

    Holy Communion

    Morning Service

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

WROCKWARDINE DEANERY

Following, Loving, Serving Jesus,
as one church in 20 places

 

 

 

© Wrockwardine Deanery