Related Churches within the area and contact information from external sources such as Crockfords can be found below.
Edstaston S.Mary the Virgin
St Mary the Virgin church is set in the Parish of Edstaston and Coton. The Vicar is Revd Deborah Walton.
We hold services every Sunday, rotating around the 3 PEW churches. Many of these are streamed live on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pewchurches) and then uploaded afterwards on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZh4Q1jD0dFPNwMTJ86UtmA)
Services planned for the PEW group during December 2020
Naturally we'll follow Government and Local Guidance and continue to assess all risks in order to keep everyone in our Communities safe.
Thursday 24th December: Christmas Eve: 3.00pm: a recorded Family Crib service will be available on You Tube or Facebook
* 10.00pm: Holy Communion for Christmas at St Mary’s, Whixall
* 11.30pm: Holy Communion for Christmas at St Chad’s, Prees
Both of these services will be a ‘ticketed events’ to help keep people safe. See below.
Friday 25th December: Christmas Day: 8.00am: Holy Communion at Edstaston, St Mary the Virgin; 10.00am: Service live-streamed from the Vicarage
There will be no services on Sunday 27th December.
* Some traditionally busy services will be ‘ticketed events’ to help ensure we comply with Government guidance. More details will be available by mid-December and guidance on A Church Near You as to how to obtain tickets. We will also explain here on FB later how to book a place. (People we know that have no internet will be contacted directly). Thank you.
\+ A Family Christingle Service: Thursday 10th December at 6.30pm. This will be a ‘livestream on Facebook’ service that will include making and lighting your very own Christingle. Why not join in: make your own Christingle with Revd Deborah. Children at Prees and Whixall Primary Schools will have made their Christingles that day: so join in the fun! If you would like to pre-order a kit (all donations will go to the Children’s Society). Contact [email protected] if you wish to order a kit
The church is Grade 1 Listed. It dates back to 1150 and is one of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Shropshire. The building has medieval wall paintings and Victorian stained glass windows. The churchyard is award winning and there is a new Church burial ground donated for community use. There are toilet facilities available at the church.
There is a small but dedicated congregation with members of the wider community attending special/ festival services such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter etc. There is a two-manual organ built by JJ Binns played by a dedicated organist. Joint and combined services with other PEW congregations offer opportunities to worship as part of a larger group.
The PCC work extremely hard to fund raise in a variety of creative ways and parishioners work together to maintain the building and grounds. There is a monthly coffee morning during which the 100 Club draw takes place. In 'normal times' this provides an opportunity for informal meetings for the wider community. The church has a very close relationship with the village hall, often sharing very successful and lively fundraising events, such as their Beer Festival, concerts, comedy nights etc; these events have enabled the hall committee to plan substantial re-development.
The Parish of Edstaston and Coton is long and narrow, extending north from the outskirts of Wem, to the southern edge of Tilstock. There are approximately 720 inhabitants in this rural area, one public house, and the village hall. The village of Edstaston is non-nucleated but the hall is the centre of much of village cultural life. There are many small businesses but primarily the area is agricultural. Young people in the parish usually attend Whixall CE Primary School and Thomas Adams Secondary.
The parish of Edstaston: St Mary the Virgin 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
St Mary's, Whixall
St Mary'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. We are very pleased to announce that The Reverend Deborah Walton is now 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 normally hold services every Sunday, rotating around the 3 PEW churches. Many of these are streamed live on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pewchurches) and then uploaded afterwards on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZh4Q1jD0dFPNwMTJ86UtmA) As a result of the latest lockdown (January 2021) we are in discussion as a Benefice, re-planning our service provision for the coming months.
St Mary’s church was built in 1867 and is Grade 2 Listed. The style is described as 'late Early English' and its architect was the famous Victorian architect, G.E. Street, who designed the Royal Courts of Justice. (However, it is likely that, as a tiny chapel in the wilds of North Shropshire, Whixall would not have been designed by the great man himself; it is more likely that he just approved the drawings of one of his subordinate architects!)
The congregation is friendly, enthusiastic and famous for the warmth of its welcome.
There is a large car park, a toilet and small kitchen facilities.
The parish of Whixall: St Mary 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. 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.
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