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Welcome to Eccleston & Pulford Churches

Welcome to the online presence of Eccleston and Pulford Churches, two Church of England communities set in the beautiful countryside - south of Chester, close to the Welsh border and to the Eaton Estate, the home of the Duke of Westminster.

The heart of our life together is our conviction that Jesus Christ is God's magnificent gift to the world. Our aim is to know him better and to make him known.

Whether you describe yourself as a believer, an explorer, or just looking, we look forward to meeting you soon

Find out more..

  • 20 Aug
    Next Eccleston Service 11:15 AM

    Parish Communion - 11:15am

  • 27 Aug
    Next Eccleston Service 11:15 AM

    Parish Communion - 11:15am

  • 20 Aug
    Next Pulford Service 09:45 AM

    Morning Prayer - 9:45am

  • 27 Aug
    Next Pulford Service 09:45 AM

    Communion "by Extension" - 9:45am

St Marys Church Eccleston

Eccleston Church stands in the middle of one of the beautiful Eaton Estate villages, and serves a community of c250 people as well as many who come to worship from all over the Chester area.
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  • 20 Aug
    Next Eccleston Service 11:15 AM

    Parish Communion - 11:15am

  • 27 Aug
    Next Eccleston Service 11:15 AM

    Parish Communion - 11:15am

St Mary’s Church is a Grade One listed building, dating from the end of the nineteenth century and designed by the great Victorian architect G F Bodley. It is a gem, full of beautiful fittings and stained glass which all enhance our worship. We love it very much. There has been a church in the village for many centuries as the name Eccleston (“Place of the Church”) suggests. The remains of the previous building can be found in the churchyard, adjoining the Grosvenor family graves.
Although we have many visitors our church is a holy place of great stillness, and we keep it open for pilgrims and seekers every day of the year. Leaflets and prayer material are available. Sunday worship takes place at 11.15am and is usually a service of Holy Communion (also known as the Eucharist), ably supported by our choir. On most weekdays there is a service of daily prayer at 7.45am as well.

St Marys Church Pulford

Pulford Church serves the village of Pulford and the hamlets of Poulton and Cuckoo’s Nest, right on the Welsh border south of Chester It is believed that the name of the village is derived from the Welsh words “Pwll” (marsh) and “Ffordd” (crossing).
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  • 20 Aug
    Next Pulford Service 09:45 AM

    Morning Prayer - 9:45am

  • 27 Aug
    Next Pulford Service 09:45 AM

    Communion "by Extension" - 9:45am

The population of the Pulford, Poulton and Cuckoo’s Nest area is around 600 people. Pulford Castle Mound, the site of a small Norman motte-and-bailey defensive structure, lies just outside the western wall of the churchyard and right on the Welsh border. At Poulton an ongoing archaeological dig has uncovered not only the site of a medieval chapel and monastic community, but evidence of Roman and prehistoric occupation. Local people have been making their mark for quite a long time!

Pulford Parish Church, with its spire dominating the village, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary ,and was rebuilt in 1884, to a design by the local Chester architect, John Douglas. The benefactor was the 1st Duke of Westminster as Pulford was at that time a village of the Eaton Estate.

Mention of a church on the site, however, can be traced back to the 12th century, so we stand in a rich inheritance of faith. It is a fine Victorian building, light and airy and spacious – it is kept open every day for prayer and for visitors. Sunday worship takes place at 9.45am – a warm and welcoming community of faith, open to all

Baptisms


Baptism (sometimes called “Christening”) is the beginning of someone’s journey of faith within the fellowship of the church. It can take place at any age, both for adults and children. Many parents seek Baptism for their children, and so it's also a way of giving thanks to God for a new and precious life.

We are very happy to talk to you about the meaning of the services and the promises you will make, and help you plan for a meaningful and memorable occasion for family and friends.. Contact us here to find out more.

Baptism can take place as part of a main Sunday service (when the congregation will be present to welcome and support) or can take place, by arrangement at some other time, usually on a Sunday.

We can provide resources for parents wanting to help their children forward on the way of faith. In 2017 we restarted regular All Age worship, which is currently on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Eccleston at 11.15am, but will also be introduced at Pulford. We also have a very successful “Messy Church” project – usually one every two months on a Saturday afternoon in Pulford Village Hall. Look out for posters or contact us to find out more.

Weddings


More than a quarter of all weddings take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England Church. You’re welcome to marry in Church whether or not you attend regularly.

Both our churches are wonderful venues for a wedding service, and we can offer the services of organist, choir and bell-ringers to enhance the ceremony. Please talk to us in good time about dates and times, and especially if you don’t live locally, as we will need to ensure that any necessary legal requirements are fulfilled. Contact us here

We would like to meet with you in the months before your wedding to plan your service, and talk about the meaning of the vows and the symbols that are such a rich part of the ceremony.


Visions and Dreams

We’ve begun a Parish Planning process to help us shape our mission and ministry and to help us plan for the future. We’re still consulting, but it’s a process that is surrounded by prayer – here’s the “Visions and Dreams” prayer which we’re using:

Heavenly Father, help us to build your Church in this place. As we plan for our future may we be a people of vision, of insight, and of discernment. May we grow in knowledge and love of you and be attentive to your will; may the Gospel be proclaimed, disciples nurtured and our community served. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Services

You are very welcome at all our services of worship – the key times on Sundays are 9.45am at Pulford and 11.15am at Eccleston.

 


Most services are Holy Communion (sometimes called the Eucharist) but sometimes we celebrate Morning Prayer (2nd Sunday of the month at Pulford, and at Eccleston as announced)

 

In 2017 we relaunched a monthly All Age Service at Eccleston (normally the 3rd Sunday of the month) Every other month we hold a Messy Church event in Pulford Village Hall – this involves informal worship, crafts and games and food!

 

Most weekdays as well there’s a service of Morning Prayer at Eccleston Church at 7.45am and on weekday Festivals there will be a celebration of the Eucharist either morning or evening.


For details of all our services please see the Calendar on the home page, the Parish Magazine and our Church noticeboards .

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You are very welcome at all our services of worship – the key times on Sundays are 9.45am at Pulford and 11.15am at Eccleston.



Most services are Holy Communion (sometimes called the Eucharist) but sometimes we celebrate Morning Prayer (2nd Sunday of the month at Pulford, and at Eccleston as announced)


In 2017 we relaunched a monthly All Age Service at Eccleston (normally the 3rd Sunday of the month) Every other month we hold a Messy Church event in Pulford Village Hall – this involves informal worship, crafts and games and food!


Most weekdays as well there’s a service of Morning Prayer at Eccleston Church at 7.45am and on weekday Festivals there will be a celebration of the Eucharist either morning or evening.


For details of all our services please see the Calendar on the home page, the Parish Magazine and our Church noticeboards .

Discovering Faith and Prayer

We hope to run various courses in Christian Basics for enquirers.


Or as explorers courses for those who’d like to work things out more deeply.


If you’d like to explore Confirmation (making your Baptism promises for yourself and being admitted to Communion) do contact us for a chat.

Pastoral Services


We hope to run various courses in Christian Basics for enquirers.


Or as explorers courses for those who’d like to work things out more deeply.


If you’d like to explore Confirmation (making your Baptism promises for yourself and being admitted to Communion) do contact us for a chat.

Roger Clarke
Roger ClarkeRector (Parish Priest)yficerdy@btinternet.com

Born on Wirral, but with Welsh roots, I was ordained in 1983 (I know, I don’t look that old !). I came to Eccleston and Pulford in December 2015, and I also work as Chaplain (Executive Assistant) to the Bishop of Chester, and am a Canon of Chester Cathedral. I’m also the Diocesan Advisor on Interfaith Relationships, having previously worked in a multi-cultural community on the edge of Manchester.
I (mostly) manage to balance these different roles !

I suppose that in churchy terms I would describe myself as ‘Catholic, Evangelical and Liberal’ or just ‘Anglican’ -, it reflects my own spiritual journey, I find that there is always more to discover and explore, and it works for me ! I am fascinated by art, architecture, music and poetry and like rather a lot of clergy confess, when pushed, to an abiding interest in railways, both full size and model. I think I am at my happiest enjoying fish and chips on the Pier at Beaumaris in Anglesey, or a pint in “The Bull” at Walsingham in Norfolk