About us

There are services each Sunday and on Holy Days in the Benefice, though, with there being seven churches, not every church has a service each week. 
 
To find out more about each church, you can click on the 'our churches' tab above.  To find out when services are taking place, you will find this month's rota on the 'downloads' tab (though please remember that adverse weather conditions can mean services get cancelled at short notice).

The Longnor Benefice is a gathering of seven churches in a very rural part of north Staffordshire, where the Peak District meets the Moorlands.  It includes the villages of Longnor, Quarnford, Sheen, Warslow, Elkstones, Newtown, Reapsmoor, and Hollinsclough, as well as numerous hamlets. 

Part of the Church of England in the Lichfield Diocese, we work together, sharing one Vicar, and supporting each other as we seek to be the People of God.

Each of the churches are unique, though naturally there are similarities that have evolved due to their links.  Their congregations are just as unique.

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All of the churches are loved and well cared-for by both the church congregations and the community at large, who see them as vital parts of the villages. 

 

Most of them are open during the hours of daylight, and are frequently visited, with Visitor's Books showing that we have visitors and pilgrims from all over the world as well as quite close to home.

The congregations are welcoming and enthusiastic, though small in number.  It must be remembered, however, that the populations of all the villages are also small in number! 

Text and photographs © 2019 The Longnor Benefice/Fr John Baines.

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