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

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Revd. Ernest Okeke (Rector of United Benefice)on

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This Easter we celebrated the Risen Christ and joyfully proclaimed "CHRIST HAS RISEN - ALLELULIA!" 


Reflection on Pentecost Acts 2:1-13 (NRSV)...........

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place and suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.   Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.  And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.   Amazed and astonished, they asked, 'Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us in our own native language?  Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power'.  All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another 'What does this mean?' 

After hearing and witnessing to the Risen Christ, the Apostles were hiding away from the authorities in the upper room in case they would be arrested by association and also rumours had been sent out by the temple priests that they had removed Jesus' body from the tomb (Matthew 28:12-15).  A large crowd of people of all nationalities had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks as described in Acts of Apostles.   The Apostles, no longer afraid, ran out into the streets proclaiming the Risen Christ with Peter taking the lead.  Following Peter's declaration 3,000 became believers and were baptised. 

This day marks the beginning of Christianity as a new movement and community.  Now known by Christians as Pentecost it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and is the fulfilment of two promises; i.e., Joel (2:28-29) in the Old Testament, says 'I will pour out my Spirit on all people'; and John (16:5-15) when Jesus says he will send another conseller, the Spirit of Truth.










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