The Church in Wheatley is a Methodist Anglican Local Ecumenical Partnership formed on 19 January 1992. We are part of The Clays, Retford Benefice and also belong to the Trinity Circuit of the Methodist Church. Our parish covers the adjacent villages of North and South Wheatley. We use the church of St Peter and St Paul, which stands at the top of Church Hill in the highest part of North Wheatley. In addition, we have responsibility for the ruins of St Helen's Church in South Wheatley and the graveyard in which they stand.
We used to use the Wesleyan Chapel on Low Street North Wheatley in addition to St Peter and St Paul’s, but the increasing cost of maintaining two places of worship, particularly in view in the steep increase in energy costs in 2022, we decided after much reflection and soul-searching to close the Chapel. It was very hard decision to close a much-loved building which had been home to many joyous events, both worship and social. The last service was held in the Chapel on Sunday 29 January 2023.
The graveyard in North Wheatley was closed for burials in the late 19th century . The parish burial ground is the graveyard around St Helen's in South Wheatley where there is also a dedicated Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes.
There is a Service in the village twice a month, usually at 10.30 am. The venue alternates between Chapel and Church. We also have a Junior Church, which meets monthly on the first Sunday. Full details of services in North Wheatley and the other parishes in The Clays Group can be found in our Clays Group Link.
We have a Julian Group which meets on the second Tuesday of the month. contact Mrs Janice Sykes 01427 884877. The Natterbugs meet at 2.00 pm on the last Wednesday each month, contact Mrs Judith Goacher 01427 880562. The presence Group meets at 10.30 am on the first Monday of the month, contact Mrs Jan Walster on 01427 884310. We also run a monthly Take Away Lunch service for retired people in the village. Lunches are provided for collection, or if required delivery, on the third or fourth Tuesday of the month. For details contact Mrs Hilary Bennett on 01427 880596.
Our village is blessed in having a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. We maintain close links with the school. The children enjoy their end of term services and fortnightly Open The Book sessions in church.
We have a pastoral visiting team who keep in touch with the elderly and housebound in our community.