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 June, July and August 


Friday 2nd       General Election Hustings, 1.15pm at Wakefield Cathedral.  All 5 constituency candidates.

Saturday 3rd   An Evening with Amy Garcia (of BBC Look North)
7.30pm in Bretton Village Hall.  Tickets £12 incl a glass of wine & Spanish cuisine.  In aid of The Church in West Bretton.  Tickets from Leonard Bartle .
Sunday 4th, Pentecost
10.30am          Holy Communion & Baptism of Harriet Jones
12.30pm          Out2Lunch at The Village Hall
3.30pm            at Wakefield Cathedral, A service of prayer & celebration for Pentecost, with Bishop Nick.  Prayer stations & quiet prayer from 2.30pm.  Climax of Thy Kingdom Come: praying for the people of our City, Diocese and Nation
Monday 5th     8pm Service of Stillness & Peace
Friday 9th        10am Toddler Praise Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the Vicarage
Sunday 11th, Trinity Sunday
10.30am          Sung Communion (BCP)
3pm  Baptism of Parker Neugart
4pm  Young Adventurers & Diamondbacks BBQ at the Vicarage
Sunday 18th, Trinity 1
10.30am          Sung Communion
Stephen’s last Sunday at St Peter’s
Tuesday 20th  7.30pm, open meeting to discuss Woolley Feast
at The Village Hall
Saturday 24th 2pm-5pm Ceilidh & Tea at The Village Hall
Opportunity to say farewell to Stephen & Jan
Sunday 25th, Easter 7
NO 9am Holy Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am          Holy Communion at The Church in West Bretton
Stephen’s last Sunday at The Church in West Bretton

Wednesday 28th  2pm Knit & Natter in the Village Hall
Thursdays 10am  Holy Communion
Traditional language service.
Special prayers for healing.
Note; No service on Thursday 15th June

Sunday 2, Trinity 3
10.30am      Sung Communion
Monday 3     7.30pm Church Council at the Village Hall
8pm Service of Stillness & Peace
Thursday 6     12.30pm Out2Lunch at the Village Hall

Sunday 9, Trinity 4, Sea Sunday 10.30am Sung Communion (BCP)
1.30pm Wedding of David Gaunt & Vicky Crossley
Sunday 16, Trinity 5 10.30am Sung Communion
Sunday 23, Trinity 6 9am Holy Communion
10.30am Holy Communion at West Bretton
Tuesday 25 2.30pm Memorial Service for Martin Rowbottom at St Peter’s, and burial of his cremated remains
Wednesday 26 2pm Knit & Natter at the Village Hall

Saturday 29 Woolley Horse Show
Sunday 30, Trinity 7 10.30am Sung Communion


Friday 4       Pride & Prejudice, open-air theatre by Illyria at the Village Recreation Ground. Gates open 6pm. Performance begins 7pm. . Tickets from Marilyn on 07887 801606 or online www.illyria.uk.com. All proceeds to Wakefield Hospice.

August 6, Transfiguration of our Lord 10.30am Sung Communion
12.30pm Out2Lunch at the Village Hall
Monday 7  8pm Service of Stillness & Peace
August 13, Trinity 9 10.30am Holy Communion
August 20, Trinity 10 10.30am Sung Communion (BCP)

Wednesday 23     The Emperor’s New Clothes open-air theatre by Illyria at the Village Recreation Ground. Gates open 5.30pm. Performance begins 6.30pm. Tickets from Marilyn on 07887 801606 or online www.illyria.uk.com All proceeds to Wakefield Hospice.

August 27, Trinity 12 9am Holy Communion
10.30am Holy Communion at West Bretton
1pm Baptism of Rex James Summerscales
Wednesday 30 4pm Wedding of John Burnside & Shona Backhouse

NO Knit and Natter this month
Please Note:
NO Thursday 10am services during the Vacancy.












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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