Edstaston S.Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin church is set in the Parish of Edstaston and Coton and 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 currently in Vacancy


We are occasionally live streaming some of our services on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pewchurches), uploading them afterwards on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZh4Q1jD0dFPNwMTJ86UtmA) but most services are now 'in-person'.


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

Sunday 7 April 11am Holy Communion, St Chad’s Prees

Wednesday 10 April 10.45am Morning Worship, St Mary’s Whixall

Sunday 14 April 9.30am Morning Prayer Service, St Mary’s Whixall

                                  11am Holy Communion, St Mary the Virgin Edstaston

Sunday 21 April 11am Morning Worship and APCM, St Chad’s Prees

                                 6pm Evening Prayer and APCM, St Mary the Virgin Edstaston

Monday 22 April 6.30pm Evening Prayer and APCM, St Mary’s Whixall

Wednesday 24 April 10.45am Holy Communion, St Mary’s Whixall

Sunday 28 April 11am Holy Communion, St Mary’s Whixall

Annual Parochial Church Councils

Prees Sunday 21 April 11am

Edstaston Sunday 21 April 6pm

Whixall Monday 22 April 6.30pm

Vestry Hours (these take place at St Chad’s for all our churches)

Wednesday 10 April 6.30-7.30pm

Sunday 21 April 2-3pm


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

Dr Donna Cliftlands

The PEW Benefice
c/o Dovehouse Barn
Rack Lane

SY13 2RN
Benefice Administrator
Benefice Administrator
01948 880004
What's on

Holy Communion

Monthly. Every Second Sunday at for 1 hour
Edstaston S.Mary the Virgin
Edstaston, Wem Edstaston Whitchurch, SY4 5RF, United Kingdom

A Communion service for the whole Benefice. Everyone welcome!

The Benefice Vestry hour is the place to come if you are planning a wedding or baptism in one of our churches.

Edstaston S.Mary the Virgin Charity No. 620596