Welcome to the website of Stokenchurch Parish Church
Stokenchurch Parish Church (dedicated to St Peter and St Paul) is a rural village church – which means that almost everyone involved in the church comes from within the parish of Stokenchurch (which includes the hamlets of Water End, Studley Green and Beacons Bottom). We are a family church – which means we try to welcome people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Stokenchurch itself is a village at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills on the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire boarder.
Following guidance given by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York our usual pattern of Sunday services at churches in the benefice and all other church gatherings must be cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops have written to clergy in support of the measures, requiring that churches must now close both for private worship and public services.
Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice.
The contact details of the clergy team are shown below.
The One-Can-Trust collection point within the church is not inaccessible with the church closed, but there are collection points at most of the supermarkets in High Wycombe.
The clergy will, each day at 12 noon, be praying at their homes within the Benefice and Parish of the South Chilterns, if you would like to take part in this act of corporate worship please pause wherever you are and for a moment at 12 noon pray the following prayer:
We pray for all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, may they know your healing power.
When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage.
When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence.
Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all.
We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.
(Diocese of Bath and Wells)
Our services on a Sunday are normally at 9:30 am and we run a full Sunday school programme right through the year.. The 2nd Sunday of the month is normally a family service (with a communion at 08:00am); weeks 1, 3 and 4 are communion at 09:30am; week 5, when there is one, is Morning Prayer. Stokenchurch Methodists hold a monthly friendship group on a Saturday.
The church offers a welcoming and picturesque setting for baptisms and weddings.
The church has level access (eg for wheelchairs) through the West door for services.