Patterns of Sunday Worship each month
Holy Immanuel, Fauls:
9.30am on 1st*, 3rd & 4th Sundays; 6.30pm on 2nd Sunday
Christ Church, Tilstock:
11.00am on 1st*, 3rd & 4th Sundays: 9.30am on 2nd Sunday
St Alkmund’s, Whitchurch:
8.00am BCP Communion on most Sundays
10.00am on 1st*, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays
6.30pm BCP Sung Evensong on 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays
The main morning services are usually Common Worship Communion except on the 1st Sunday of the month at Fauls and Tilstock when Morning Prayer* takes place. At Whitchurch on this Sunday a ‘Worship Together Communion Service*’ is held.
*All ages are welcome at all our services but you may like to note that an * is next to those services which are a little shorter and which may be particularly suitable for children. At Whitchurch, there is separate provision for children (Junior Church) and young people (Sermon Slot) on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays.
Fifth Sundays are often used for a Joint Service in one of the three churches, usually at 10.30am.
POSTCODES FOR OUR CHURCHES
Fauls—SY13 2AS Tilstock—SY13 3JL Whitchurch—SY13 1LB
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From 2013 to 2016, these three parishes of Fauls, Tilstock and Whitchurch were part of a trial with six parishes aiming to develop along the lines of a “Minster” model. This involved the United Benefice of Edstaston, Fauls, Prees, Tilstock and Whixall and the Single Parish Benefice of Whitchurch.
In the autumn of 2016, a decision was taken by all 6 PCCs to go forward with a different model: 2 groups of three parishes. We hoped to continue links between the two groups.
On the 1st February 2020 the pastoral scheme affecting these benefices came into effect. This created two new benefices: FTW (Fauls, Tilstock & Whitchurch) and PEW (Prees, Edstaston & Whixall) came into effect. So St Alkmund’s, Whitchurch is now part of the FTW benefice along with Holy Immanuel, Fauls and Christ Church, Tilstock.
At some point, there may be a re-licensing of our Clergy and Reader to reflect this new reality.
Staffing and working together:
The clergy staffing for The FTW Benefice is:
The Revd Canon Dr Judy Hunt, Rector of Fauls, Tilstock & Whitchurch (full-time stipendiary) based mainly at Whitchurch and with overall responsibility for the whole benefice.
The Revd Sue Armstrong Associate Minister of the FTW (Permission to Officiate, previous OLM) and based mainly at Fauls, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01948 840 039
Vacant—a House for Duty post; previously based mainly at Tisltock
Curate training post:
we look forward to welcoming Sam Johnson later in the year
FTW Lay Reader Mrs Jane Rylands
Part-time administrative support is provided by Ms Jo Lavin, working from the office in St Alkmund’s Church, Whitchurch, 01948 665413, email at email@example.com
Our Reader and Clergy move around the parishes on Sundays to lead and preach at services in all three churches.
We have a Co-Ordinating Group with representation from each parish. This body has the task of looking at different options of how the three parishes can best work together in mission and ministry; recommendations are then made to the individual PCCs. This group also facilitates joint events and aids the process of discerning what is best done at parish level and what would benefit from being at benefice level.
The parishes of Fauls, Tilstock, and Whitchurch are set in the beautiful countryside of north Shropshire. Shrewsbury and Chester can be reached in 35 minutes and the North Wales coast is approximately one hour’s drive away.
This grouping encompasses one Market Town (Whitchurch with a population of around 10,000) and two more rural parishes which cover a large area and have a total population of approximately 1,260. The parishes are quite distinct: the parish of Tilstock is three miles to the south of Whitchurch and Fauls is another 4 miles south, just off the A41.
The three parishes combined have two CoE Primary Schools, one CoE Infant and Nursery School and one CoE Junior School. Each school holds regular services in its local church. Also, in Whitchurch, there are two additional schools: Sir John Talbot’s (SJT) Secondary School and a private primary: the White House School. Links are good with all the schools. Whitchurch Junior and Whitchurch Infant Academies are federated and belong to St Barts MAT. Lower Heath (Fauls) and Tilstock Primary schools, together with SJT, belong to the Marches MAT.
The opportunities taken in working together have been fruitful for clergy, lay leaders and the congregations of our three parishes:
These have included modules from the Pilgrim Course and joint Confirmation preparation groups for young people and for adults. We have also looked at “Frontline” material and done the Growing Bridgebuilders and Faith Pictures Courses. There have also been comprehensive Safeguarding Training sessions for the three parishes which have additionally been opened up to other churches in the area.
This is a group meeting twice a month for those with Memory Loss / Dementia and their family members or carers. Its aim is to provide social, mental and spiritual support, plus some physical activity in a warm and loving atmosphere.
There is a Community Hospital in Whitchurch which serves a wide area. From the autumn of 2015, we have developed a Chaplaincy Team which has both lay and ordained members and is ecumenical.
Lent and Advent events
We have a programme of these events which take place in various locations in the parishes and St Alkmund’s also has close links with Churches Together in Whitchurch, joins in with a range of joint services with them.
We have a joint an evening Rogation Service on a farm in in one of the three parishes on a rota basis. These services, which are usually followed by refreshments, are well attended and very much enjoyed.
This is now a regular family event and meets every other month in Bargates Hall, Whitchurch.
Please see Children and young people page for more details