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 have been holding services every Sunday, rotating around the 3 PEW churches. Following the Government's directive on 31 October, we shall not be holding full church services through November BUT we are open for Private Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (10-12). We shall be live streaming services during the month on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pewchurches) and shall then upload them afterwards on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZh4Q1jD0dFPNwMTJ86UtmA)
Services planned for the PEW group during December 2020
Obviously we can't confirm these services - and tomorrow's news may change our plans. Naturally we'll follow Government and Local Guidance and continue to assess all risks in order to keep everyone in our Communities safe.
Sunday 29th November: 1st Sunday of Advent: 6.30pm Bringing in the greens. Live-stream on Facebook from St Mary’s Whixall.
Sunday 6th December: 2nd Sunday of Advent: 11.00am: Holy Communion Live-stream on Facebook from St Chad’s Church, Prees
Thursday 10th December: 6.30pm: Christingle service: +Live-stream on Facebook This service is to raise awareness of the work of the Children’s Society and help raise funds. (See below!) If you would like to order a ‘Christingle kit’ ready for this service please contact Bridget Hodges (01948 840644)
Sunday 13th December: 3rd Sunday of Advent:11.00am: Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston
Friday 18th December: 6.30pm: Christmas Readings with Carols at St Mary the Virgin, Edstaston
Sunday 20th December: 4th Sunday of Advent 11.00am: Christmas Readings with Carols at St Mary’s, Whixall
11.00am: A recorded Carol Service from our churches and the community will be available on You Tube and Facebook
* 6.30pm: Christmas Readings with Carols at St Chad’s, Prees: this will be a ticketed event to help keep people safe. See below.
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: Family Communion will be Livestreamed from St Chad’s, Prees
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 Bridget 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