Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Prees

Prees - St Chad's Church

The historic and beautiful Church of St Chad's is largely 14th-century but is built on a Saxon site; it has an 18th-century tower and contains a notable window made up of fragments of medieval glass brought to Prees from the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury, 1403. The church is Grade 2* listed.  St Chad's is part of the PEW group of churches in North Shropshire - working together with St Chad's Prees and St Mary the Virgin Edstaston. The Reverend Deborah Walton is both Vicar of the PEW group of churches and Chaplain to our local Secondary schools: Thomas Adams in Wem, and Sir John Talbots in Whitchurch.


We are occasionally live streaming some of our services on Facebook (, uploading them afterwards on our YouTube channel but most services are now 'in-person'.


All the following are joint services for the whole benefice and all are welcome!

Sunday 20 November: Christ the King 9.30am All Age Family Worship St Mary’s, Whixall; 11.00am Morning Worship St Chad’s, Prees

Wednesday 23 November 10.45am Holy Communion St Mary’s, Whixall

Sunday 27 November 1st Sunday of Advent 11.00am Holy Communion St Mary’s, Whixall

Sunday 4 December 11.00am Holy Communion St Chads, Prees; 4.00pm Christingle Service St Mary’s, Whixall

Sunday 11 December 11.00am Holy Communion St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston

Wednesday 14 December 10.45am Holy Communion St Mary’s, Whixall

Saturday 17 December 5 pm The Longest Night Christmas Service St Chad’s, Prees

Sunday 18 December 4.00pm Carol Service St Mary’s, Whixall; 6.00pm Carol Service St Chad’s, Prees

Friday 23 December 6.30pm Carol Service St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston

Saturday 24 December: Christmas Eve 3.00pm Crib Service St Chad’s, Prees; 10.00pm Christmas Communion St Mary’s, Whixall; 11.30pm Midnight Communion St Chad’s, Prees

Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day 8.00am First Communion of Christmas St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston; 10.00am Family Communion St Chad’s, Prees

Sunday 1 January 2023 10.15 Morning Worship Prees Methodist Chapel; time tbc Holy Communion Welsh End Methodist Chapel

Sunday 8 January 11.00 Holy Communion St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston

Wednesday 11 January 10.45 Holy Communion St Mary’s, Whixall

Sunday 15 January 11.00 Morning Worship St Chad’s, Prees

Sunday 22 January 11.00 Holy Communion St Mary’s, Whixall

Wednesday 25 January 10.45 Holy Communion St Mary’s, Whixall

Sunday 29 January 9.30am BCP Holy Communion St Chad’s, Prees; 6.00pm Songs of Praise St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston


The Church and churchyard, vicarage and school are nestled together by the War Memorial and garden on the edge of the village of Prees and form a picturesque area within the village.

The parish of St Chad's Church covers the villages of Prees, Higher Heath and Prees Green as well as some surrounding farms and cottages. There are 35 on the electoral roll.

There is an enthusiastic team of bell ringers, who ring most Sundays and for weddings, and worship is enriched by a wonderful organ, which is kept in good repair.

Services vary from week to week, in a regular pattern, offering opportunities for varied worshiping styles. In normal times services are followed by tea, coffee and biscuits, giving the congregation time to meet and get to know one another. These times have proved invaluable in achieving a sense of oneness in the congregation and an opportunity to welcome visitors in a relaxed way.

Social activities are organised throughout the year, not just to raise money but to allow the community to meet together and usually eat together!

Prees congregation members also offer a Self Support in Bereavement Group which meet monthly for outings and company, and St Chad’s Ladies also meet monthly for friendship and outings.

The PCC has a 100 Club to raise money for the upkeep of the churchyard and Church building, which is appreciated as an asset in the whole community. The response has been encouraging and assures us that people appreciate and support ‘their’ church, even though they may not be regular worshippers.

The parish of Prees: St Chad is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Lichfield’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

You're invited

You are very welcome at our Advent and Christmas services and events – bring your family and friends or come along on your own. Whether it will be your first time at church or you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you!

Get in touch

Rev Deborah Walton

The Vicarage
Church Street

SY13 2EE

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A weekly prayer service via Zoom every Wednesday during lockdown. Email [email protected] for the Zoom invitation or to send your prayer requests

Bishop Sarah and the Archdeacon are to 'Install, Institute and Induct' the Revd Deborah Walton as Incumbent to the Benefice of Prees, Edstaston and Whixall

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