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.

The church is now open again for public worship services and funerals. For the next few weeks there will be a spoken Eucharist service on a Sunday at 9.45am, with doors open from 9.15am. The services will be led by one of our two Oversight Ministers, either Revd Karen Skidmore or Revd Toby Gibbons.

If you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to church because of the risk that you pose to others; but remain at home and self-isolate.

These services will be very different from how we worshipped before COVID-19 and so we have drawn up a set of guidelines with the aim of keeping everyone as safe as possible during worship. These guidelines can be found in the section below this article; or on the church Facebook page; and they are available as you enter church. The guidelines are updated whenever the Government issues new guidance.

We hope to resume our previous pattern of worship later in the year as the situation improves, but in the meantime we look forward to welcoming you safely at Whiston Parish Church on a Sunday morning.

“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.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Guidelines for Church Services


PCC Statement: COVID Procedures from 19th July 2021 onwards

The Parochial Church Council met on 13th July 2021 and decided that, in view of the rising number of cases of Covid-19, the current measures for services at Whiston Parish Church will remain in place until September 2021. This means that masks have to be worn, hand sanitizer used, track and trace complied with; and social distancing maintained. We understand that some people may be disappointed but our priority, is to keep everyone as safe as possible

-Whiston Parish Church PCC


Greetings from Whiston Parish Church on our Patronal Festival

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new!   2 Corinthians 5:17

Dear Friends Download the latest information:
Prayers for 18th July 2021
Notes on the Readings and Worship Opportunities for 18th July 2021


On Sunday we celebrate our Patronal Festival, the Feast of Mary Magdalene. In the Gospel reading we find Mary Magdalene seeing for the first time the Risen Lord and entering into a completely new relationship with him. In that moment of encounter her grief gives way to joy and a new world is ushered in. The Resurrection of Jesus changes everything. It changed things for Mary and the disciples, and it changes things for us today. Christ leads us into a new life, a life where sins are forgiven, a life where there is hope. Hope is everything. To say yes to Jesus and to new life is where hope began for Mary. It is where it can begin again with us as we slowly emerge from Lockdown.

This morning those of us who worship in our homes are in communion with those in church as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene and renew our commitment to our Lord and to the work of his church in Whiston.
We say the prayer for today:

Almighty God,
whose Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body
and called her to be a witness to his resurrection:
forgive our sins and heal us by your grace,
that we may serve you in the power of his risen life;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.


We read today’s Gospel:   John 20: 1-2, 11-18


We say or sing verses from the hymn Love divine:

1) Love divine, all loves excelling.
joy of heaven to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

2) Finish then thy new creation:
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory
till in heaven we take our place,
till we lay our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.


We pray:
Almighty Father, you have built up your Church
through the love and devotion of your saints:
inspire us to follow the example of Mary Magdalene,
whom we commemorate today,
that we in our generation may rejoice with her
in the vision of your glory;
through Jesus Christ Your Son Our Lord,
one God, now and for ever.


Church Services

Sunday, 18th July 2021   9.45 am   Parish Eucharist
PATRONAL FESTIVAL. Celebration of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene and
Sunday, 25th July 2021   9.45am   Parish Eucharist   (8th Sunday after Trinity)


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

Rev. Karen Skidmore – Oversight Minister:   {tel: 01709 836052}
Rev. Toby Gibbons – Oversight Minister:   {mob: 07507 524699}

Patrick White:   (Reader)  {tel: 01709 370069}   or   {mob: 07740 941921}
Colette White:  (Churchwarden)   {mob: 07712 674675}
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/

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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