"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


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:

 

Commemoration of the outbreak of the
First World War

Over the next few weeks, we are holding a number of events to remember the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914:

Sunday, 3rd August: After the morning service, the name of each man who gave his life will be read out and the bell rung in remembrance of him.
Monday, 4th August: The day war was declared; the church will be open on this day for prayer and quiet contemplation. First of all from 10.30am until 2.30pm and then again from 4.30pm until 6.30pm. There will be a short litany at 11.00am which will be repeated on the hour when the church is open. We will need volunteers to be in church for a period of time to welcome and help people, to read a prayer or do a bible reading. If you would like to be involved with this, please sign the list at the back of church.
A new booklet entitled: Whiston in the Great War is available at the back of church. This gives information about each Whiston man who gave his life in World War One. Prepared by Steve Walsh, the price is £2 and all proceeds will go to the Rotherham Military Community and Veterans Centre. Whiston Lychgate

Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum

As part of Whiston Village's commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War, the Methodist Church and ourselves are planning a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) at Alrewas in Staffordshire. This will be on Tuesday, 16th September 2014.

Brief details are on the notice board at the back of church, together with a sign-up sheet if you are interested. The approximate cost of this trip will be £10.00 - £12.00. Further information is currently available via Jan Teale and additional details will also be available generally in the coming weeks. For more on the NMA, visit www.thenma.org.uk.

National Memorial Arboretum



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.



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.