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. Our Vicar is Revd Deborah Walton.
We are currently live streaming many of our services on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pewchurches), uploading them afterwards on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZh4Q1jD0dFPNwMTJ86UtmA)
This week in the PEW Group looks like this:
Sunday 17 January 11 am Holy Communion livestreamed on pewgroup Facebook page as above
6.30 pm Sunday Evening Bedtime Story livestreamed on PEW FB
Wednesday 20 January 11 am Wednesday Weekly Parishes Prayers on Zoom, please email [email protected] or DM us for the zoom link. Please also DM any prayer requests.
Friday 22 January 11 am Cooking with Caleb livestreamed on PEW FB. We will be making chocolate pudding in the microwave. Recipe details to follow.
Sunday 24 January at 11 am Morning Worship on Zoom, please email [email protected] This service will follow the Morning Worship Liturgy. It won’t be recorded or placed on public view. We hope that this means that our church community will be able to see each other, interact with each other if they wish and join in with the service.
Before the service you might like to have ‘refreshments’ on hand: The theme is the wedding at Cana: but if you choose to have water available: we will not be turned into wine by me! If you want wine, Prosecco, coffee, tea whatever.... you have to provide it!
Go the whole hog if you wish and have cake! Dressing up in your Sunday/ wedding best is also an option! Also please have a wedding photograph/s or album to hand: this may help as part of our address and chat. You don’t need to share this pictures if you don’t want to.
All our Facebook livestream services will be uploaded onto our YouTube channel a couple of hours later.
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.