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 December & January:

Sunday 27th November9am Holy Communion at St Peter’s, Woolley
NO 10.30am Holy Communion at The Church in West Bretton
5pm Young Adventurers at The Village Hall
Monday 28th November, 7.30pm Church Council at The Village Hall
Wednesday 30th November, 2pm Knit & Natter at The Village Hall
Thursday 1st December10am Holy Communion (said, Traditional Rite)
12.30pm Out2Lunch Christmas Lunch at the Village Hall
Saturday 3rd December, 6.30pm Switching-on the Christmas Tree Lights at the Village Hall
followed by Silent Auction

Sunday 4th December, 10.30am Holy Communion
Monday 5th December, 8pm Service of Stillness & Peace
Thursday 8th December, 10am Holy Communion (said, Traditional Rite)
Friday 9th December, 10am Toddler Praise

Sunday 11th December, 10.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
NO Young Adventurers
6pm Diamondbacks Film Night at Anna’s home
Thursday 15th December, 10am Holy Communion (said, Traditional Rite)

Sunday 18th December, 10.30am Holy Communion
6.30pm Carol Service
Tuesday 20th December, 11.30am Wedding of Bob Patrick & Joan Hall
Thursday 22nd December, 10am Holy Communion (said, Traditional Rite)
Friday 23rd December, 10.30am Nativity rehearsal & Christingle-making in church

Christmas Eve
4pm, Nativity, Crib & Christingle Service
11.30pm, First Communion of the Nativity

Christmas Day
10.30am All-age Holy Communion at The Church in West Bretton

Thursday 29th December, 10am Holy Communion (said, Traditional Rite)

Sunday 1st January, New Year’s Day
Sorry, no
10.30am Holy Communion at Woolley.  There is Holy Communion at St James’, Chapelthorpe, on New Year’s Day at 10.30am
Thursday 5th January, 10am Holy Communion (said, Traditional Rite)
12.30pm Out2Lunch at the Village Hall

Sunday 8th January, 10.30am, Sung Communion (Traditional Rite)
12.30pm, Baptism of Harry Huitson
5pm, Young Adventurers at the Village Hall
7pm, Diamondbacks Games Evening at the Village Hall
Thursday 12th January, 10am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
Friday 13th January, 10am Toddler Praise

Sunday 15th January, 10.30am Sung Communion
Thursday 19th January, 10am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)

Sunday 22nd January, 9am Holy Communion
10.30am, Holy Communion at West Bretton
Wednesday 25th January, 2pm  Knit & Natter at the Village Hall
Thursday 26th January, 10am Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
Friday 27th January, 10am Toddler Praise
Saturday 28th January, 12noon Wedding of David Oldacre & Heather Lawson

Sunday 29th January, 10.30am 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
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 Friday 10am Toddler Praise half an hour of songs, story, actions, for toddlers and their carers (during School Term Time).   2nd & 4th Fridays from January 2017.

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