Welcome to the official website of Whiston Parish Church. Situated in the heart of the community, St Mary Magdalene is the parish church serving Whiston Village and the surrounding areas.

God has been worshipped at this place for over 800 years; but at the present time the church building is closed. In the light of government guidance, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York's announcement about the Coronavirus pandemic, all services normally held here are suspended until further notice.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continues but cannot be done in this building. Instead we are looking at new ways of doing this together by making email and phone contact with those who may require additional support; through our Facebook page and by sharing a range of online prayer and worship resources. Details of these, and contact details for the Churchwardens and Readers, can be found further down the page.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”


Greetings from Whiston Parish Church on the Day of Pentecost

A new heart I will give you and put a new spirit within you. (Ezek. 36.26)

Dear Friends Download the latest information:
Reading Sheet for 31st May 2020
Notes on Readings and Prayers for 31st May 2020
Resources for Worship and Meditation: Pentecost Sunday

"Look" Poster for Children - 31st May 2020
Sunday Link - 31st May 2020

This the birthday of the Church! This the day that the first disciples left their self-isolation and went out into the world, renewed, released, and rejuvenated by the coming of the Holy Spirit. We pray that the Spirit of Pentecost might fall upon us as we look forward to the day that we can worship together and the church can minister fully to God's people.

Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, we light our candle and say together:

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
Ignite in us your holy fire;
Strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
Revive your church with the gift of love,
And renew the face of the earth,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We read the account of the first Pentecost from the Acts of the Apostles 2.1-21

We pray or sing the words of the ‘Veni Creator’:

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

The season of Thy Kingdom Come ends this Sunday and the Diocese marks this by a “virtual” Beacon Service.


Could this be the biggest Pentecost Beacon event we have ever had in the Diocese?

Think about it ...

  •       - We are not limited by size of venue.
  •       - People can 'attend' without leaving their own home.
  •       - It would have been at Rotherham Minster but now, whether you live in Goole, Totley, Penistone or Rotherham, you can get there equally easily!
  •       - Bishop Sophie is booked in to be our preacher.
  •       - As we pray from home, could we light up the map of the diocese? People from every community, praying in every community, united in an event that spans the diocese ...
  •       - The streamed video will remain available for people to see later if you cannot join us at 4.00pm, 31st May 2020.

To access the service use this link: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseofsheffield

To register your “attendance” at this service beforehand, use EventBrite registration link: https://sheffdio.org/tkc20

Your name, postcode, (parish optional); and your email to receive your virtual ticket. It is that simple. Let's light up that diocesan map!

We are invited to join in a Pentecost Facebook live service with Bishop Pete from Bishopscroft at 10.00am on Sunday Morning (whether you are on Facebook or not) using this link: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseofsheffield

A Pentecost Prayer:
Spirit of fire, warm us with your everlasting love.
Spirit of fire, warm us with your everlasting love.
Spirit of wind, blow away hurtful words that damage relationships.
Spirit of earthquake, carry away our fears.
Spirit of breeze, restore our peace with your calming breath.
Spirit of the living God, speak to us in words we can understand.

Patrick White

Please contact any of us if you need to talk or simply to have a chat.

Patrick White:   (Reader)  {tel: 01709 370069}   or   {mob: 07740 941921}
Wendy Whitaker:   (Churchwarden)   {mob: 07821 549096}
Alan Bradbury:   (Assistant Churchwarden)   {mob: 07711 691594}

Jan Teale:   (Reader)   {mob: 07745 560580}
Alan Teale:   (Churchwarden)   {mob: 07803 021201}

Email: whistonparishchurch@gmail.com
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhistonParishChurch/

Should you wish to speak to a priest, the Revd. Karen Skidmore (tel.01709 836052) and the Revd. Sue Davies (mob.07515 881605) are both happy to be contacted.

Take care of each other and remember God is good.


We serve the areas of:

  • Whiston Village
  • Grange Estate
  • Duke-of-Norfolk Estate
  • Upper Whiston
  • Morthen
  • Outlying Areas

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