"Serving God and His people in Whiston for 800 years."
Whiston Parish Church
St Mary Magdalene

The Rectory, Rectory Drive, Whiston,
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 4JG
Tel: 01709 364430 Email: whistonparishchurch@gmail.com


Welcome to the official website of Whiston Parish Church. We are a Church of England parish church in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. We serve Whiston Village, The Grange Estate, The Duke-of-Norfolk Estate; Upper Whiston, Morthen and other outlying areas.

We are currently in an interregnum period. Please hold the church here in Whiston in your thoughts and prayers during this challenging time between priests.

Thank you.

Latest News:


2014 Services for Lent and Eastertide at Whiston Parish Church
13th April

9.45am All Age Family Service and Parade
6.00pm Parish Communion

14th / 15th / 16th April

9.00pm Compline

17th April

7.00pm Holy Communion

18th April

11.00am - 2.00pm Children's Activity Day
7.00pm Service for Good Friday

19th April

7.00pm Confirmation Service at Rotherham Minster

20th April

9.45am Parish Communion
6.00pm Evening Prayer with Choir


Good Friday Walk with Cross

Wayne Hayhurst has built a large wooden cross; which he intends to carry - as an act of witness - around the village on Good Friday. He would also like to use this act to raise money for a charity of our choice. Please can you give your suggestions for a charity to one of the Church Wardens.

Deanery Pilgrimage

Lincoln Cathedral Saturday, 14th June 2014

A service of Holy Communion takes place at 11.00am.
A coach has been arranged to leave Chaff Lane at 9.00am.
It will leave Lincoln at 5.00pm, returning to Whiston by around 6.15pm.

If you would like to go, please complete the booking form which is available at the back of Church.
The trip will cost £9.00, payable to Patrick or Colette White by 11th May 2014.

Interregnum Update:

The Parish Profile was reviewed and approved at the PCC meeting on 14th January. A copy of this document, which gives information about the parish and the Church and also outlines the qualities we are looking for in a new Rector, can be seen at the back of Church. On 27th January the Archdeacon of Doncaster chaired a special meeting of the PCC where the Parish Profile and the recruitment of a new Rector were discussed. Since that meeting - which was very fruitful - the advert for a new Rector has appeared in the clergy vacancies on the Diocesan web site and can be viewed here: >http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/key-information/vacancies/diocesan-stipendiary-clergy-posts<.

Reflections on Psalm 95:

This year (2014) is the centenary of the Diocese of Sheffield. To mark the occasion, Bishop Steven has asked us to reflect together on Psalm 95 over the first part of the year. The Bishop is also writing a short series of daily reflections on the Psalm designed to be used as part of daily prayers. To find them, go to >www.bishopofsheffield.blogspot.co.uk< or follow Bishop Steven on twitter for regular posts: @Steven_Crofts. You can also follow Bishop Peter, Bishop of Doncaster, on @peterburrows101.

Cremated Remains Area {CRA}

We are pleased to report that two new memorial stones have been erected in the CRA and we will soon be able to have names inscribed on them. An article will appear in the next issue of the Villager to make this more widely known.

Rectory Drive

The road leading up to the church has continued to deteriorate, particularly over recent weeks with the extremely wet weather that we have been experiencing. It now looks much worse than this photo, taken in May 2012. We are working with people at Church House to try to arrange for the necessary repairs to be carried out; but this is an extremely slow process and, regrettably, one over which we have no control. In the meantime, please take care when travelling along Rectory Drive.

Resources Centre

Pile of Books in a library

Did you know that the Sheffield Diocese has its own resources centre based within Church House in Rotherham Town Centre? Church members from any parish can borrow items for up to four weeks at a time and there are over 11,500 books, DVDs, periodicals, CDs, toys, puppets, learning materials; and so forth; to choose from. But don't take my word for it! Clicking here will take you to their webpage; where further details are to be found. It is free of charge and, as the author of this website can verify, the staff are very helpful; knowledgeable about their subject, and will even offer to make you a cup of tea upon your arrival!

So, there really is no excuse for not paying them a visit to broaden your theological knowledge, hunt down that ever-so-elusive reference, or just browse to see what you can find.