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CHESHIRE CHURCH IN A TINY HAMLET THINKS BIG

20th November 2018

Members of an ancient church at the heart of a tiny agricultural hamlet on the Wirral
peninsula think big when it comes to promoting use of the Book of Common Prayer which is
at the heart of many of its services.


Inspired by Dr Jenny Sneddon – a member of the Prayer Book Society (PBS) who sits on the
Chester’s Diocesan Synod and works as a science lecturer at Liverpool John Moores
University – the PCC of St Michael's Church in Shotwick (pronounced Shottick) close to the
border with Wales, decided that the church should become a corporate member of the PBS.


Jenny, who lives in the hamlet of just 15 houses and a small seventeenth century manor
house, is enthusiastic about the benefits of membership of the society which encourages
rediscovery and use of the majesty and spiritual depth of the Book of Common Prayer at the
heart of the Church of England’s worship.


She has placed a plaque in the church porch proclaiming its allegiance and PBS magazines
and leaflets are on display.


Says the vicar of St Michael’s, the Rev Cathy Helm: ‘This parish has a strong sense of
community but with only 120 residents, some in our Sunday congregations of 25 to 30 come
from outlying rural areas.


‘A steady proportion of them are drawn to our medieval double-aisled church because it
uses the traditional 1662 Book of Common Prayer for services of Matins and Holy
Communion and the occasional Evensong.


‘A recent survey showed that most prefer the balance of services. The sense of being part of
the continuing worship which has taken place in churches on this site for a thousand years
also appeals to them.’

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