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 John Harris

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A Prayer for Lent

Merciful God,
Give us in all our life the discipline which will enable us to walk in your footsteps and which all your true followers should show.

Help us to discipline our passions and desires, that we may never in an unguarded moment do that which we would afterwards regret.

Help us to discipline our appetites, that greed and self-indulgence may have no part in our lives.

Help us to discipline our speech, that no false or untrue word, no impure word, no bitter or angry word may ever pass our lips.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our work, that we may not try to find how quickly we can do a thing but how well we can do it, that we may be more concerned with how much we can put into a task than with how much we can get out of it.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our pleasure, that no pleasure may ever so master us that it takes away the will power to resist it.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our devotion, that we may faithfully share in the public worship of your people, and that no day may ever pass when in the silence we do not speak and listen to you.

Help us to discipline even our thoughts that they may never move in any forbidden pathways or linger on any forbidden thing, so that we too may be pure in heart.

This we ask for your love’s sake.
(adapted from a prayer by William Barclay)

Church Services & Events in Woolley Parish in March 2018

Services & Events in March

Thursday 1st – 12 noon Out to lunch

Sunday 4th – 10.30am Holy Communion

Friday 9th – 10am Toddler Praise

Sunday 11th – 10.30am an informal Communion for Mothering Sunday.

Sunday 18th – 10.30am Holy Communion

Friday 23rd – 10am Toddler Praise

Palm Sunday 25th – 9am Holy Communion (BCP) at St Peters & 10.30am Holy Communion at The Church in West Bretton

Maundy Thursday 29th – 7.30pm Holy Communion in West Bretton

Good Friday 30th – 7.30pm Reflections at the cross at St Peter’s

Easter Sunday 1st April – 10.30am Holy Communion  at St Peter’s














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)
9am 4th Sunday CW Sung Communion
Coffee & biscuits each Sunday in the church


The Youth Alpha course is currently being run at the vicarage on the 4th Sunday of the month  6 – 8pm.  The course provides a chance to explore life, faith and meaning in a relaxed and fun way.


Messy church will be launched on 17th June 2018 at the Church in West Bretton at 4pm.

Midweek Service Times
Thursday 10am Holy Communion using the Old English Rite (BCP) with Prayer for Healing (suspended until further notice)
1st Monday 8pm Service of Stillness & Peace (Currently suspended until further notice)
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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