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)

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Greetings from Whiston Parish Church on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

'This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you’.   John 15:12

Easter Cross with Flowers

Dear Friends Download the latest information:
Prayers for 9th May 2021
Notes on the Readings and Worship Opportunities for 9th May 2021
Thy Kingdom Come 2021


Jesus leaves his disciples with this beautiful commandment. As a church community there is no better way of fulfilling his commandment than by loving and caring for each other. The lockdown may have made normal contact more difficult, but it has taught us to be aware of each other’s needs. As we move out of lockdown, we pray that we might emerge strengthened in faith and in love to live out our lives in the light of the risen Christ.

We join with each other as we light a candle and come into God’s presence.

We say together the prayer for today:

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.


We read this Sunday’s gospel - John 15:9-17.


We say or sing:     ♫   𝅘𝅥   𝅘𝅥𝅮

1) God is love; His the care,
Tending each, ev’rywhere.
God is love, all is there!
Jesus came to show Him,
That mankind might know Him:

2) None can see God above;
All have here man to love;
Thus may we Godward move,
Finding him in others,
Holding all men brothers: Chorus

3)Sing aloud, loud, loud!
Sing aloud, loud, loud!              
God is good! Good is truth!     
God is beauty! Praise Him!

4) Jesus lived here for men,
Strove and died, rose again,
Rules our hearts, now as then;
For he came to save us
By the truth he gave us: Chorus

5)    To our Lord praise we sing –
      Light and life, friend and king,
      Coming down love to bring,
      Pattern for our duty,
      Showing God in beauty: Chorus



We pray:
God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


Church Services

Sunday 9th May 9.30 am Online Family Time
                              9.45 am Parish Eucharist in Church
Thursday 13th May 7.00 pm Ascension Day Eucharist
for the whole Mission Area at St James, Clifton, Cambridge Street, Rotherham, S65 2SX Revds. Karen & Toby hope that as many people will feel able to attend in person. The service will also be streamed on St James’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stjamesclifton.
Sunday 16th May 9.45 am Parish Eucharist.


Thy Kingdom Come (TKC)

Thy Kingdom Come is the name now given to the 10 days of prayer which run between Ascension and Pentecost, from the 13th – 23rd May 2021. You can find further details on a separate attachment.


Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The APCM will take place on Tuesday 25th May in church at 7.00 pm. The first part of the meeting, the Annual Parishioners Meeting is open to all parishioners and its main purpose is to elect the Churchwardens. The second part, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, allows those on the Electoral Roll to elect members of the PCC. The accounts for 2020 need to be accepted and reports on the Activities of the Church, Meetings of the PCC, the Fabric (Churchwardens’ report), Deanery Synod, the Electoral Roll and the Work of the Children’s Minister will be given.


Christian Aid Week

This begins on Monday 10th May and ends on the 16th May. We are not able to organise fund-raising activities, but you are invited to make a direct donation to Christian Aid. Online: donate.christianaid.org.uk   tel. donations 020 7523 2269 or cheque to: Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RL


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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