St Cross Church

St Cross Church is part of the Diocese of Chester in the Church of England. We are located in the village of Appleton Thorn, in Warrington.

The Revd Alan Jewell has been vicar since September 2014. He was previously Team Rector in Halewood (in the Diocese of Liverpool). Before that, he was a Team Vicar in Clock Face and Sutton Manor, St Helens (also in the Diocese of Liverpool), and before that, Curate at Holy Trinity, Walton, Aylesbury (in the Diocese of Oxford).

Ministry at St Cross is supported by a licensed Reader, Mrs Linda Buckley.

You can contact Alan at the Vicarage, Stretton Road, Stretton, WA4 4NT. The phone number is (01925) 730 276. His mobile is 07811 871430.

Coronavirus / Covid-19

Since 19 July 2021, most legal restrictions introduced by the government to limit the spread of Covid-19 have been lifted. The advice, however, from the government and the Church of England, is to remain cautious and proceed with care. Public worship has been resumed at St Cross, and it is no longer necessary to ‘book’ a place in order to attend a service. We will, however, continue to ask for contact details in order to support NHS test and trace.

There will be a service at St Cross at 9.30AM on Sunday mornings, unless otherwise advised. This will usually be a service of Holy Communion. In order to make things as safe as we can, we currently ask the congregation to stay in their place to receive communion, and administer it in the form of a wafer only; we are not currently sharing wine. We have returned to singing hymns, but ask the congregation to remain seated and to sing at a reduced volume in other to limit the spread of aerosols.

For further information about how we are making our worship Covid-secure, please get in touch.

We will be live-streaming worship on the St Matthew’s church Facebook page (facebook.com/stmatthewschurchstretton). This service at St Matthew’s, also usually a service of Holy Communion, begins at 10.45AM
The Revd Alan Jewell, Vicar

The Church of England offers guidance and support here.

Photograph taken from the churchyard. Thanks to Mr & Mrs O’Neill – the picture was taken on their wedding day, 3rd June 2017.


We take our duty and obligation to safeguard and protect all people extremely seriously, and we have adopted the national Church of England’s robust safeguarding procedures and guidelines.

If you or anyone you are in contact with would like to talk with someone independently, please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email safespaces@victimsupport.org.ukAlternatively, you may contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer David Wheeler, or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the Diocese of Chester, via email or phone: 07703 800031. 

Statement on publication of IICSA

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, has published its overarching investigation report into the Anglican Church in England and Wales, based on the main public hearing in July 2019.
The 154-page report makes eight principal recommendations about a range of issues including the Church’s response to victims and survivors.The Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner, issued this statement following the publication.

Emergency Procdures

Click here to learn about our emergency procedures

2 thoughts on “About”

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