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These pages were last updated on September 1st 2014
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


From the new Deanery curate: Zoe Heming

Dear Friends 


The first couple of weeks since my Ordination have gone head-spinningly fast.  The service at Lichfield Cathedral marked the end of one stage of a journey and the beginning of another. As with all journeys, there have been twists and turns to navigate. As a disabled woman, the wife of a Priest and the mother of 3, it is fair to say that I am not your typical Reverend.  Like many others, I often find myself asking God What am I doing here?.

So what am I doing here?  Well, as a Curate I am learning.  As a Deanery Curate I am a bit of an experiment in new ways of working together.  I will benefit from such a variety of parishes (17!) and people to learn from.  As well as learning the nuts and bolts of being a Deacon and then Priest, I will also be exploring how the gifts and vocations of disabled people in the Deanery can be part of the flourishing of our churches. Id especially love to hear from anyone already working in this area, or anyone with personal or professional experience to contribute.

With so many parishes, it will inevitably be harder to get to know people as well as Id like to.  Id hugely value your patience and perseverance during the next few months as I spend a month in each Benefice.  My hope and prayer is that this wont be a lonely job, but that for the next few years, well travel this road together and help one another to join in with our compassionate God, already at work among you.

Best wishes           Zoe

Contact: 01630 657972, 10 Wilkinson Walk, Market Drayton



Services for September 2014

Hodnet Peplow
Saturday September 6
2 pm  Service to License Janice
at Lichfield Cathedral

Sunday September 7
Trinity 12
8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Prayer

Sunday September 14
Trinity 13
11.00 am Holy Communion

18.30 Evensong
Saturday September 20
12.00 noon Baptism
14.00 pm Baptism
Sunday September 21
Trinity 14
11.00 am Holy Communion
12.15 pm Baptism
Sunday  September 28 Trinity 15 11.00 am Matins
18.30 pm Evensong
11.00 Holy Communion
Sunday October 5
Trinity 16
8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 am 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 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. Charmian Beech 01630 685491
Hodnet Church Wardens Mrs Janice Parker 01630 685531
Mr Tim Preston 01630 685315

News and Events

Parish News & Dates for your diary

The Reverend Prebendary Charmian Beech.

As you know, our Rector, Charmian, will be retiring at the end of September and we would like to mark her retirement by means of a gift from her Parish.

If you would like to contribute to that gift, which will be presented at a farewell event to which all will be invited, we would welcome your contribution, whether large or small. Donations may be made in either of two ways. Send cheques (made payable to Hodnet PCC). POs or cash to our Treasurer:

Noel Fryer, 12, Shrewsbury Street, Hodnet. TF9 3NP.

Or by direct payment to our bank, Natwest, Market Drayton. 01-05-48/02425599. Showing the reference Gift, please.

All donations will be treated completely anonymously.


History of the Lyon Memorial Hall
A booklet has been written by the late Gerald Mothershaw giving a brief history of The Lyon Memorial Hall. The book has been published to coincide with the halls centenary celebrations on July 12th 2014. The booklet is on sale at Hart to Hart, Market Drayton. Hodnet Post Office and Hodnet Stores. The price is 5 per copy. Proceeds to the hall's maintenance fund.


Contact Us

For information about all activities within the Parish, services, weddings, baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector:

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

Other Sites

Here are some other sites - mainly churches - which may be of interest.