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then click on the pictures below.

         These pages were last updated on June 30th 2018
On that date this page was updated with the July 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,

Thank you to everyone who worked so tirelessly to put together the flower festival; it was a lovely weekend and we raised some money for the churches. More importantly it gave people just a small glimpse into a year in the life of St. Luke’s Church.
The church is much more than just a Sunday service, or births, deaths and marriages; it is about being part of the community in whatever role that takes. I hope that can be seen in our involvement with Hodnet Primary School, our film nights, and our new monthly family services.
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but it never ceases to amaze me how people cope with the pace of life today. Time doesn’t stand still, and neither should we; if we do, we are failing God’s call on our lives. The Bible tells us to go out and share the “Good News”. Just as the disciples did in their time, so we must do in our time.
Time is precious. Once you live through a day, good or bad, you can’t go back and live it over again. Nothing is more precious to God than us, his children, and yet so few people can spare an hour once a week to thank God for our time on this earth.
It is so important to take time, to sit down in Church, and hand all your worries over to God, because that’s what the Sabbath was made for, to come to God in rest.
Please feel free to contact me on my mobile number if you would like me to call if someone is unwell, or even just for a chat; I will gladly come.

Your Rector

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1-2.
God Bless



Services for July 2018

Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday July 1st
   Trinity 6
     8.00am Holy Communion
   11.00am Morning Prayer
   Sunday July 8th
   Trinity 7
   11.00am Holy Communion
    6.30pm Evensong
   Sunday July 15th
   Trinity 8
      6.30pm Family Service
   Sunday July 22nd
   Trinity 9
    11.00am Morning Prayer
      6.30pm Evensong  
    9.30am Holy Communioon
  Sunday July 29th
  Trinity 10
  11.00am Joint Service of
                   Holy Communion

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


How many of you have tried our new family services which we are holding on one Sunday each month? In May the theme was '“Giving” and we talked about the various organisations who help those less fortunate than ourselves and how we, in turn, can help them.

Our service in June was a riot of colour - as it explored the colours in our lives and in the Bible. "Who put the colours in the rainbow?" was sung with great gusto and we heard the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. Thanks to Karen Powell and Janice Parker who devised it. In July we are trying something different.

ON SUNDAY 15TH AT 6.30PM the service will be held in Hodnet Hall gardens (hopefully the weather will be kind!) by kind permission of Sir Algy & Lady Heber-Percy. It will be a more reflective and peaceful service, focusing on the beauty of God's world.
Please come. We shall meet at the bottom of the wedding steps in Church Street at 6.25pm and we will walk from there into the gardens. Everyone is welcome, especially children. Put the date in your diary and finish your weekend in a stress-free and relaxing way!
There will be no Family Service in August as the pattern is traditionally different in August, with services alternating between Hodnet and Peplow, but it will be back in September - that’s not to say that children are not more than welcome at any service, as they always are; after all, that’s who the play area is for!



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

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.