St Peter’s Church,

#Services in August

6th   – 9.15 Holy Communion

13th   – 10.45 Family Service

20th –  9.15 Holy Communion

27th –  6.30 Evening Prayer

#In addition, the church is open every Tuesday during August, between 10.30 – 11.45 for a casual drop in and chat with a coffee and a piece of cake. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your faith – the idea is simply to get to know people and also for a bit of company. We hope to see you.


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 The church in Ellastone is a beautiful grade 2* listed building with an interesting history and stands proudly in the centre of the village.  In the spring the churchyard is a riot of colour from spring bulbs – snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.2013-02-28 13.36.59

From April – September St Peter’s is open to all on Sundays from 10.00 – 16.00 and is well worth a visit. The Church has a heritage exhibition and also the Calwich Chapel which has exhibits showing the links of the Church with the ancient Augustinian Priory of Calwich. Do pop in!


Barbara Butler, our Church Warden

Barbara has lived in the village for two and a half years. She has been married for 52 years and they have two sons, one who is a pilot and the other who is a chartered surveyor. They also have two grandsons and two granddaughters, all of whom are either at secondary school or university. She has been volunteering for the RSPB at Carsington every Wednesday for 7 years now. She is also a member of the Ellastone Bowls’ Club.

If you would like to help in any way – cleaning the church, helping with the upkeep of the churchyard, flower arranging, general help with special occasions then please contact Barbara on 324859

Ellastone Church Heritage Fund

This fund is specially designated and any donations or legacies received can only be spent on Ellastone Church & Churchyard and cannot be used for any other purpose. It is ideal for those who support the church without perhaps attending services regularly to make their contribution. It enables restoration work that should be done (rather than has to be done) to be carried out. Thank you to all who have given.

A funny thing about the bells:- Did you know that two of them are older than the Church Tower in which they reside? The Tower is dated 1586 but two of the bells are remarkably old – they are dated 1502 and 1525. They could have been from an earlier tower, but i#t is believed they were moved from the Priory of Calwich by John Fleetwood, the new owner. He bought the closed Priory in 1543 and made it a home. Old documents record that “he made a parlour of the chancel, a hall of the church and a kitchen of the steeple.” Bells would no longer have been needed there, so they were most likely moved and installed when John Fleetwood built the Church Tower some forty years later.

2013-02-02 14.05.34#Calendar – 2017  Are you always looking up the dates trying to figure out when Easter is etc etc? Look no further as we have found this rather good site. Click on the 2017 above or  Christian Calendar.

 #  Prayer for Friendship

by Vienna Cobb Anderson
You have blessed us, O God,
with the gift of friendship,
the bonding of persons
in a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us,
who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration,
who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them,
who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail,
and who give us the freedom
to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
wholeness, life, and love.

Clergy – contact details:

Vicar : The Revd Brian Leathers – 01538 702469

Minister based at Denstone : The Revd John Richardson – 01889 590266

Minister based at Mayfield : The Revd Ray Owen – 01335 347402


Prayer can never be in excess.”
#C. H. Spurgeon

Daily Prayers: This great website contains a Christian Prayer for the day for every month of the year – 365 daily prayers. 


Christian Aid red and white logoWatch the inspiring Christian Aid Week films and discover how we are all working together to make a real difference to the lives of thousands living in poverty around the world.

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Who was St Peter? Press on the cross to find out more…#




Revd. John Richardson : 01889 590266
Churchwarden, Barbara Butler: 324859


#Come and join us!

You will always be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of coffee or tea after the service.


church font flowersBible Study and Fellowship Group                                                                 A group of people from Ellastone and other parishes in the benefice meets about once a fortnight on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm.  We study passages from the Bible and their relevance to our lives and we enjoy each other’s company.  All are welcome – contact Pam on 324094 for further details & dates.

The Church of England Read about the roots of the Church of England  HERE

Interesting website: Christian Concern for One World#

2013-02-28 13.30.37   Topical Prayers  The Church of England 


 #Do come and see us – we’re a friendly bunch!

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