Welcome to the website of St Peter’s Church, Woolley


We are part of the Diocese of Leeds, and the Church of England.

St Peter’s is a medieval church with some good late medieval stained glass. We are the only church serving the village of Woolley, just off the M1 motorway at junction 38 and 7 miles south of Wakefield. Click here to view map.

If you are thinking about having your wedding at St Peter’s, we offer Marriage Preparation to help you make it the best of beginnings.

Our sister church is in the neighbouring village of West Bretton, home of the world-renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Church in West Bretton is an Anglican-Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership. Sunday services there are at 10.30am each week. Anglican Holy Communion is on the 4th Sunday, and usually we have Holy Communion there on Tuesdays at 10.30am.

Our neighbouring parish in Wakefield is St James’ Chapelthorpe.  View their website here.

Priest in charge:
Revd Canon Stephen Kelly

Follow us on Twitter: @woolleychurch

A Prayer for Refugees

Merciful God,
your son was a refugee and shared the suffering of people fleeing from danger in fear and repression.
You know what it is like to be hungry and afraid and have nowhere to call home.

God of the displaced,
we pray for the safety of the refugees and ask that they will find a place of security.
Protect them from those who would seek to exploit them and from other dangers.

God of hope,
we thank you for those organisations in our region and more widely who are working to bring relief and comfort to those displaced, showing glimpses of grace in the darkness of despair. God, give them strength.
God of justice,
guide the nations and the leaders of the world towards peace and justice; 
stir all of our hearts to be generous and compassionate.
God, help us to play our part in bringing about the change that we want to see.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(adapted from a prayer published by the Exeter Diocese)

Church Services and Events @ St Peter’s, Woolley
in April and May :


Sunday 2nd  April, Lent 5
10.30am          Sung Communion
12.30pm          Out2Lunch at The Village Hall
Monday 3rd  April, 8pm Service of Stillness & Peace
Thursday 6th April,
10am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
Holy Week Services
Sunday 9th April, Palm Sunday
10.30am          Sung Communion (Traditional Rite)
11.45pm          Annual Parochial Church Meeting
No Young Adventurers or Diamondbacks this month
Monday 10th April, Monday of Holy Week
7.30pm            Holy Communion (at St Peter’s)
Tuesday 11th April, Tuesday of Holy Week
7.30pm            Holy Communion (at The Church in West Bretton)
Wednesday 12th  April, Wednesday of Holy Week
7.30pm            Holy Communion (at St Peter’s)
Thursday 13th  April, Maundy Thursday
No 10am Service at St Peter’s Woolley today
7.30pm            Holy Communion of The Last Supper with Footwashing (at The Church in West Bretton)
Friday 14th  April, Good Friday
7.30pm            Evening Service (at St Peter’s)
Saturday 15th April , Easter Eve
9pm                 Service of New Light, & Renewal of Baptism Vows (at St Peter’s)
Sunday 16th  April, Easter Day
9am                 Holy Communion at The Church in West Bretton
10.30am          All-age Communion at St Peter’s with Easter Egg Hunt for children
Thursday 20th April, 10am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
Sunday 23rd  April, 2nd Sunday of Easter
9am                 Holy Communion
10.30am          Holy Communion at The Church in West Bretton
Wednesday 26th April, 2pm Knit & Natter in the Village Hall
Thursday 27th April, 10am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
Friday 28th April, 10am Toddler Praise
Sunday 30th  April, 3rd Sunday of Easter
10.30am          Holy Communion & Baptism of Maisie Cockell

Monday 1st May
8pm          Service of Stillness & Peace
Sunday 7th May, Easter 4
10.30am    Sung Communion
Friday 12th May
10am     Toddler Praise
Sunday 14th May, Easter 5
10.30am          Sung Communion (BCP)
12.30pm   Christian Aid Frugal Lunch at The Village Hall
5pm Young Adventurers at The Village Hall

Tuesday 16th May
2pm Dementia Friendly Service
at St James’ Chapelthorpe. A service of hymns and prayers for those living with dementia and their carers followed by refreshhments
Saturday 20th May
Diamondbacks at Big Night Out at Lightwater Valley
Sunday 21st May, Easter 6
10.30am            Sung Communion
Monday 22nd May
7.30pm  Church Council at the Village Hall
Wednesday 24th May
2pm            Knit & Natter in the Village Hall
Thursday 25th May,  Ascension Day
7pm           Deanery Eucharist at The Cathedral, with Licensing of June Lawson as Area Dean of Wakefield
Friday 26th May
10am    Toddler Praise
Sunday 28th May, Easter 7
9am         Holy Communion
10.30am  Holy Communion at the Church in West Bretton




Sunday Service Times
10.30am 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays – Sung Communion using the Modern Rite (Common Worship)
2nd Sunday – Sung Communion using the Old English Rite (Book of Common Prayer)
Young Adventurers meet in the Village Hall at 5pm, followed by food at 6pm (during School Term Time)
Diamondbacks meet in the Village Hall at 7pm, following food at 6pm (during School Term Time)
9am 4th Sunday CW Sung Communion
Coffee & biscuits each Sunday in the church

Midweek Service Times
Thursday 10am Holy Communion using the Old English Rite (BCP) with Prayer for Healing
1st Monday 8pm Service of Stillness & Peace
The aim of the service is to provide a space to be still and quiet in God’s presence.
It is relaxed and informal. The service lasts 45 minutes.
2nd & 4th Fridays 10am Toddler Praise half an hour of songs, story, actions, for toddlers and their carers (during School Term Time).

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