United Benefice of Morton and Stonebroom with Shirland

Morton, Stonebroom and Shirland are rural parishes containing several diverse villages in attractive border country just a “stone’s throw” from the Derbyshire Peak District. 

The three Church of England parishes are linked together to form a United Benefice, and are a distinct Mission and Ministry Area of Derby Diocese.  

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update valid from 23rd June 2020 until further notice

Holy Cross Church in Morton, St Peter's Church in Stonebroom and St Leonard's Church in Shirland are all following the latest guidance issued by the Church of England. 

Following the government announcement that church buildings are able to reopen for worship, we are currently reviewing the guidance and will announce updates as they become available on the services and events page, where there are also details of online/telephone services which you can take part in from home. 

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August. The Church of England will study the detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and provide updates accordingly.

In the meantime, we continue to strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

  • Using this site

    Please use the links on this page to find out more about forthcoming services and events, to read news reports from the churches and to reflect on, and refresh, your personal faith in God. We will be updating the site with events and news on a monthly basis, so do come back and visit the site regularly. For more information about how we hold and use your personal data, please see our Data Privacy Notice.  

  • Getting in touch

    The Rectory office is now closed. Please do not ring the Rectory phone number, it will not be answered. Please see the Benefice news section for contact details for baptisms, weddings and funerals. 


The Parish takes safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.   The PCC for each of the three churches within the Benefice has adopted the Diocese of Derby Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance. Details can be found on Derby Diocese website. Each church has a Parish Safeguarding Officer or Officers. Contact details of these can be found in the respective churches and/or in the Parish newsletter. If you have a concern and wish to discuss it direct with the Diocese Safeguarding Team their number is 01332 388678 and email safeguarding@derby.anglican.org

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