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These pages were last updated on August 28th 2016
On that date this page was updated with the September Services.



Hodnet Parish is located in North Shropshire, in the West Midlands and is part of Lichfield Diocese.

We are two churches who together are looking to love God and serve Him in our rural area and further afield.

Have a look at our Statement of Purpose on the "About Us" section for more information.

We hope that you find what you are looking for here, if not please use the details under "Contact Us" and we will do our best to answer your query.

About Us

We are an Anglican church with two lovely historic buildings in different parts of the parish:
        * St Luke's Church in Hodnet, of Norman origin, is the Parish Church
        * The Chapel of the Epiphany at Peplow, a hamlet south of Hodnet.

We share the following Core Purposes -
Mission - to bring people of every age and background into a living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
Community - to be a mutually supportive, caring community in which everyone has a part to play
Worship - to offer worship to God that is wholehearted, accessible and relevant
Discipleship - to enable people to grow in wholeness and Christ-likeness in their own lives and relationships
God's Kingdom - to change the way the world around us goes about its business

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Baptism and Thanksgiving
We welcome families who wish to bring their children to be baptised. A first step would be to attend a church service and introduce yourself, or to contact the Rector directly. We will help you to understand the significance of Baptism and what part the Church can play in your child's growth in faith. In it you make a commitment to Christ and to the nurture of your child in the Christian faith. As a church we promise to grow as part of the church. If all you wish to do is to express your gratitude to God for the gift of a child then an alternative to baptism would be a service of Thanksgiving.

If you are planning to get married the best way to do so is in church in the presence of God. To say your vows "in the sight of God" concentrates the mind on the seriousness of the commitment and expresses your need for the strength and help of God in your marriage.
You are eligible to be married in one of our churches if either of you are resident in the parish or one of you is a member of the electoral roll of either church. For non-residents to join the electoral roll it is necessary to have attended worship regularly for at least six months.
We believe in a loving and forgiving God and so Divorce is not always a barrier to being married in Church. If either of you have been divorced it's important to discuss this with the Rector, as an opportunity to learn from the past and to move on. Contact the Rector as a first step in your wedding plans.

The Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 became law in October
This new legislation, overwhelmingly passed by the General Synod, came into force on the 1st October 2008. This measure offers the Church new ways to clarify, reissue and celebrate its wider welcome, so as to meet the needs of couples requesting church weddings and to better integrate more of them into the ongoing life of the local church. It does not affect the existing right of parishioners but allows couples opportunity to marry in a church which has special significance for them, even though it is not where they live, without applying for a special licence. The changes will mean an engaged couple is welcome to be married in church in a parish if just one of the following applies: 

* One of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
* One of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more
* One of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;
* One of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child's lifetime
* One of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their child's lifetime;
* Their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.

Young people may be prepared for confirmation at any age from school year 6 and upwards. This is normally done in a group each year or every other year, which meets weekly for about 8 weeks. Adults may be confirmed at any age, and preparation for this may be done individually or in a group. Contact the Rector with any enquiries about confirmation.

For many people the subject of death is a very sensitive issue. When a loved one dies we are in a state of shock and bewilderment. The Funeral Director arrives to make the funeral arrangements and will ask you if you would like to go into church for the service or go straight to the Crematorium. All you need to do is tell the Funeral Director you would like a church service.

The funeral would be a service of thanksgiving with a personal tribute to the person's life. Because of time pressures at the Crematorium, I encourage you to use the church for a short service. Obviously I hope we never need to meet under sad circumstances but if we did I want you to know that your church cares very much and wants to support and comfort you.

Rector's Message


Dear Friends,                                        

 Just over a year ago I moved to the tranquil village of Hodnet to become Rector of St Luke’s and the Chapel of the Epiphany Peplow. I can honestly say I had no idea what that year would bring. Within a few months I was covering the Parishes of Shawbury, Stanton and MoretonCorbet.

Although it was a bit hectic at times, I have loved every day, while being encouraged and supported by the Church Wardens, Readers and everyone in the congregations. Covering five churches means five times the paper work, and I could never do the administration without the help of Claire Crackett, who somehow keeps me organised.

To help with the workload the Bishop has appointed the Rev Andy Smith from Telford to work alongside me for the next year. I have no doubt Andy will be welcomed just as I was, as we work together to build God’s Kingdom.

Previously I had announced that there would be an Alpha course starting shortly, unfortunately it has been put on hold as I am having a hip replacement in September and will be out of action for a few weeks.

Time passes so quickly, already the “Summer” is nearly over, I wonder did we miss it? Most of us love the sun, it makes us feel better and somehow happier, but it doesn’t last. Why not take the opportunity to meet the “Son” who will change our lives, who will make us happier, who will make us feel worthwhile in this world, and who will never leave.

I look forward to the next year working together in the parishes, and sharing God’s Love with you all. 

Your Rector, 



Services for September 2016

Hodnet Peplow
  Sunday September 4
  15th after Trinity
   11.00 am Holy Communion
   Joint Service at  Shawbury
  Sunday September 11
  16th after Trinity
  11.00 am Holy Communion    6.30 pm Evensong
  Sunday September 18
  17th after Trinity
  11.00 am Holy Communion          
  Sunday  September 25
  18th after Trinity
   11.00 am Morning Prayer
     6.30 pm Evensong
  9.30 am  Holy Communion
  Sunday October 2
  19th after Trinity
    8.00 am Holy Communion
  11.00 am Harvest Festival

Monthly Pattern of Services within the Parish

Hodnet Peplow
1st Sunday 8.00 am Holy Communion BCP
11.00 am Morning Prayer
2nd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion CW 6.30 pm Evensong
3rd Sunday 11.00 am Family Communion
4th Sunday 11.00 am Matins 9.30 am Holy Communion
6.30 pm Evensong
5th Sunday 11.00 am A single Parish Service at one of the churches


Officer Name Tel: Number
Parish Rector Rev. Edith Quirey
01630 685491
Hodnet Church Wardens Mrs Janice Parker 01630 685531
Mr Tim Preston 01630 685315

News and Events

Parish News & Dates for your diary

Open Gardens. June 4th. 2017

If anyone is interested in opening their garden in aid of Hodnet Church

please contact Mr Martin Lea 01630 638142.


Hodnet Home Care Services.     07891251550        or         01630 685568.


A Prayer for the Summer Holidays

Lord, as the pace of life slows,
and warmth and sunshine fill the length of days,
help me to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence.
Slow down my restless heart
and fill me with a gentle contemplation of the
beauty of your creation.



Contact Us

For information about all activities within the Parish, services, weddings, baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev. Edith Quirey  at;

    The Rectory,
    Abbots Way,
    TF9 3NQ
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1630 685491

Other Sites

Here is another site - - our village website - which may be of interest.