Coalbrookdale, Little Wenlock and Ironbridge

Our Benefice

Welcome to the website for the Church of England Benefice of Coalbrookdale, Little Wenlock & Ironbridge. We're located in the beautiful county of Shropshire, United Kingdom. We're proud to be part of the Church of England's Hereford Diocese.

Holy Trinity, Coalbrookdale

St Lawrence's, Little Wenlock

St Luke's, Ironbridge

 For help and information contact:

Revd. Ernest Okeke (Rector of United Benefice)on

01952 432482 or



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Reflection:   John 20:11-17 (NIV)........

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying.  As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.  They asked her 'Woman, why are you crying?'

'They have taken my Lord away,' she said, 'and I don't know where they have put him.'  At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus.

He asked her, 'Woman, why are you crying?  Who is it you are looking for?'

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, 'Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.'

Jesus said to her, 'Mary.'

She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, 'Rabboni!' (which means 'Teacher').

Jesus said, 'Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.  Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. 


Mary was distraught and didn't see clearly to whom she was speaking.   But once Jesus spoke her name, she knew beyond a doubt that it was indeed Jesus and her joy was such that she wanted to hold him.   Jesus calls each one of us by name, we are special to him.  He told Mary to go and tell his brothers (disciples) that he had risen - death could not hold him and we are called to pass on this good news.  This Easter we celebrate the risen Christ not by eating chocolate eggs, but by using our voices to joyfully proclaim "CHRIST HAS RISEN - ALLELULIA!" 








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