"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.



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Whiston Parish Church

December 2014 Services

Here are the services and events that will be taking place at our church over the Christmas period.

Sunday, 30th November
9.45 am Parish Communion
6.00 pm Advent Carol Service at Church
with members of the Methodist church

Wednesday, 3rd December
10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday, 7th December
9.45 am Parish Communion
6.00 pm Advent Choral Evensong

Wednesday, 10th December
10.30 am Holy Communion

Friday, 12th December
10.00 am Whiston J & I School
Carol Service & Nativity

Sunday, 14th December
9.45 am Family Christingle Service
6.00 pm Parish Communion






Wednesday, 17th December
10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday, 21st December
9.45 am Parish Communion
6.00 pm Nine Lessons & Carols

Wednesday, 24th December
Christmas Eve
10.30 am Holy Communion
5.00 pm Crib Service
11.30 pm Midnight Communion

Thursday, 25th December
Christmas Day
10.30 am Christmas Morning Family Service

Sunday, 28th December
9.45 am Parish Communion
6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday, 31st December
10.30 am Holy Communion



Raking up Autumn Leaves

Churchyard Tidying

We are now in the time of year when the contract maintenance of the churchyard has ceased for the winter and volunteer groups are needed to help keep the churchyard tidy. The challenge this year is greater because of the prolific growth throughout the good 2014 summer. Thank you to all who gave their time in the November tidy to help clean up the front of the church - it is greatly appreciated.

The next of these is to take place on Saturday, 13th December 2014 from 10.00am until 12.00 noon. We will spend a morning tidying the Churchyard; removing leaves and other debris. Please bring your own rake, gloves etc. if you are able to join in.



Christmas Present Christmas Wreath

Whiston Parish Church presents...

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL AND FAIR

Saturday, 13th December 2014
at Whiston Parish Church

1.00pm - 3.00pm

Stalls: Cakes, Christmas Cards, Arts and Crafts
Books, and Festive Refreshments

HOT PORK SANDWICHES!

Snowman Christmas Manger

Over a dozen specially-decorated trees to enjoy!



Whiston at Play

The village's local history group - Whiston Heritage Society - have produced a new booked entitled Whiston at Play. It is all about what local residents did to amuse and entertain themselves in previous decades. These cost £5.00 and are available from either Jill Bradbury or Chris Rivington within the church family. Alternatively, please go to http://www.whiston-heritage-society.co.uk for details on other purchase locations/options.

Whiston at Play


Commemoration of the outbreak of the
First World War

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



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.



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.