Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Edstaston

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 ( and then uploaded afterwards on our YouTube channel


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

Sunday 28th November 11am Morning worship for the first Sunday of Advent, St Chad’s Prees

Sunday 5th December 11.00am Joint Holy Communion, St Chad's Prees; 4.00pm Christingle Service, St Mary’s Whixall, with members of Whixall CE Primary School

Sunday 12th December 11.00am Joint Holy Communion, St Mary the Virgin Edstaston

Friday 17th December 6.30pm Carol Service, St Mary the Virgin Edstaston

Sunday 19th December 4.00pm Carol Service, St Mary's Whixall; 6.00pm Carol Service, St Chad’s Prees

Wednesday 22nd December 10.45 Holy Communion, St Mary’s Whixall

Christmas Eve: Friday 24th December 3.00pm Joint Family Crib Service, St Chad’s Prees; 10.00pm a service of Holy Communion for Christmas, St Mary’s Whixall; 11.30pm Midnight Communion, St Chad’s Prees

Christmas Day: Saturday 25th December 8.00am Holy Communion, St Mary the Virgin Edstaston; 10.00am Joint Family Communion, St Chad's Prees


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

Get in touch

Revd Deborah Walton

The Vicarage Church Street Prees Whitchurch SY13 2EE

Online Prayer service

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for 30m
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online via Zoom

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

3 Nov 2021, 8:45 a.m.
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