St Peter’s Church, Ellastone
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.
From April – September St Peter’s is open to all at weekends 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!
Services – November
1st – Holy Communion 9.15am
8th – Remembrance Service 10.45 (see below)
15th – Holy Communion 9.15
22nd – Morning Prayer 9.15
29th – Holy Communion 9.15
This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 8th of November. At Ellastone we meet in the Church at 10.45am so that we can process up to the War Memorial at 10.50 for 11.00am.
As in previous years, do come along at 10.50 for the short Act of Remembrance at the Memorial, even if you aren’t coming to the Service in Church afterwards.
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 – for example, in 2014, overdue tree surgery on the ancient oak trees and restoration work on the Lych Gate. 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 it 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.
Prayer for Friendship
by Vienna Cobb Anderson
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.
Revd. John Richardson : 01889 590266
Pam Shouksmith Churchwarden : 324094
Come and join us!
You will always be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of coffee or tea after the service.
Bible 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.
Read about the roots of the Church of England HERE
Interesting website: Christian Concern for One World
Do come and see us – we’re a friendly bunch!