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         These pages were last updated on May 31st 2018
On that date this page was updated with the June 2018 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

I think the summer may finally have arrived, even if it’s just for a few days. Like many people I like driving around Hodnet and Paradise; the bluebells and scenery are amazing and I’m even getting good at avoiding the pheasants!

The sun has a way of making us feel better, even when life is difficult. To have the support of family and friends when life is tough is truly a blessing, but it’s a greater blessing to know that God is there for us - every single day.

We have just celebrated Pentecost, a time that reminds us of the love Christ has for us, by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit. I would not be where I am today without the power of the Holy Spirit and accepting that God had a purpose for my life. The ‘sun’ won’t always shine for us, but the ‘SON’ always will.

Strangers are Friends we haven’t met. (Helen Steiner Rice)
God knows no strangers, He loves us all.
The poor, the rich, the great, the small
He is a friend who is always there
To share our troubles and lessen our care.
No-one is a stranger in God’s sight
For God is love, and in His light
May we too try, in our own small way
To make new friends, from day to day.
So pass no stranger with an unseeing eye

For God may be sending a new friend by.

God Bless
Your Rector, Edith




Services for June 2018

Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday June 3rd
   Trinity 2
     8.00am Holy Communion
   11.00am Morning Prayer
   Sunday June 10th
   Trinity 3
   11.00am Holy Communion
    6.30pm Evensong
   Sunday June 17th
   Trinity 4
    11.00am Family Service
   Sunday June 24th
   Trinity 5
    11.00am Morning Prayer
    9.30am Holy Communioon
  Sunday July 1st
  Trinity 6
     8.00am Holy Communion
   11.00am Morning Prayer

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 Morning Prayer
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

The Parish News  (the new magazine)

If you do not receive a copy each month but would like to have one by email
please send your email address to;

The Editor at   


Hodnet News


Each month at St. Luke’s we are holding a family service at which children
(including the noisy variety!) are not only welcome but indeed encouraged.
The Sunday in the month on which the service is held
will vary, in order to fit in best with the seasons.
Advance notice will always appear in the magazine.
We began in May with our “Aid Service”, marking the start of Christian
Aid week, at which we thought about all those organisations
whose role is to help others. In June we shall be thinking of colours;
colours in our lives and in church.
Come and join us for a real family service.
Sunday, 17th June. 11.00am.
With coffee and biscuits - and juice - to follow.



The Guardian Family Network.- Fun and Rewarding Opportunity.

 Do you have a spare room and live within an hour of
Packwood Haugh, Shrewsbury, or Moreton Hall Schools,
and have time to support an international Student?
Would you like to build a long lasting friendship with an overseas family?

We are looking for Guardian families for a student for weekend breaks
and half term holidays in your area.

All Student related expenses are reimbursed.

Email.   or call Hannah for a chat on 07802232072


Compassionate Communities   (Co-Co)

This is a scheme to provide a befriending service for folk who may be in danger of becoming socially isolated from the community they have been part of due to frailty, being housebound or living with a long term illness.

A Co-Co volunteer can provide companionship by visiting on a weekly basis for an hour or so to chat and provide a listening ear and possibly assist with a few errands. Volunteers are DBS checked and trained by the Severn Hospice.

Hodnet Co-Co are seeking more volunteers, men and women,
who are willing to donate up to a couple of hours of their time
to befriend the clients we have waiting.

To find out more please ring 07849 835687.


 Peplow News

COFFEE MORNINGS are held in the Chapel of the Epiphany at Peplow on the 1st Saturday of each month from April until September inclusive 10am-12 noon.

This is to give new members of the community the chance to meet existing members of the community the chance to meet existing members and to find out what other activities are available within the community.

Please come along and bring your friends with you. Everyone will be most welcome.


SEWING GROUP    The group meets every two weeksat someone's home for a cup of tea and some sewing for   the Peplow crafts sales table - and of course, some chat.

If you would like to come and meet us and help, please phone Elizabeth Downes on 01952 840215


Marchamley News

Marchamley Club is a social club for members but anyone in the locality is welcome to join - membership currently £1 per annum - club  isopen 8pm each evening, with 'early doors' from 7pm on Fridays to
meet up for a drink and a chat.
For full information on our social events, see our Facebook page @marchamleyclubevents
On June 16th the Club will be organising its biggest event yet when it will be hosting a one day Beer and Blues Festival. There will be a good selection of local ales and music will be provided by several local bands.
The event is open to all and the club hopes to attract people from the surrounding areas. There will also be great food available throughout the event.

Advance tickets are just £10 each and can be bought directly or on line. See our Facebook page @marchamleyclubevents for full details. Ticket price includes drink tokens to be used on the day.
So if you like real ales and live music, get your ticket and come along for a great day and help Marchamley Club with its improvement plans. 
For more information you can contact Steve Alden on 07774969339

Advance notice – Sunday 1st July from 2pm: Hawkstone past, present and future – a photographic exhibition
highlighting the history of the Hawkstone estate, home of the Hill family. Free entry - refreshments available.

Held on the second Thursday of each month, 7.30-9.00pm, in Marchamley Club. (No meetings in July and August).
Books for discussion on Thursday 14th June are two psychological thrillers. ‘If I die before I wake’ is the debut novel by Emily Koch and ‘Need to know’ by Karen Cleveland.
Come along and join in the chat and have a drink even if you haven’t read the books.
                          If you would like more information, call Karen Powell on 01630 685325. 


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.