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 [Until 30th June 2017. A new Vicar will be announced in due course]

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 & Events in Woolley Parish in December 2017/January 2018

Services & Events in December

Saturday 2 6.30pm Christmas Tree “Switch-On” at the
Village Hall (Tree to be blessed by Rev John Harris ) + Silent Auction
Sunday 3 1st Sunday of Advent
10.30am Sung Communion
“Out to Lunch” Christmas Lunch

Friday 8 10am Toddler Praise

Sunday 10 2nd Sunday of Advent
10.30am Sung Communion BCP

Sunday 17 3rd Sunday of Advent
10.30am Sung Communion
6 .30pm Carol Service

Sunday 24 4th Sunday of Advent
(No Morning Service at Woolley)
11.30pm First Eucharist of the Holy Nativity
(Midnight Mass)

Christmas Day
No service at Woolley
10.30am Christmas Day Service at The Church in
West Bretton

Sunday 31 First Sunday after Christmas
10.30am Sung Communion



Services & Events in January

Sunday 7 1st Sunday after the Epiphany; Baptism of Christ
10.30am Sung Communion

Friday 12 10am Toddler Praise

Sunday 14 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
10.30am Sung Communion BCP

Tuesday 16
7.30pm LICENSING SERVICE for the Revd John Harris
All are welcome (Refreshments to follow)

Sunday 21 3rd Sunday of Epiphany
10.30am Sung Communion

Friday 26
10am Toddler Praise

Sunday 28 4th Sunday of Epiphany
9am Sung Communion













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 (in abeyance till new Vicar in post)
1st Monday 8pm Service of Stillness & Peace (Currently suspended until new vicar appointed)
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).

Diocese of Leeds
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