Who are we?

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Trent and Derwent Parish Churches online. There has been a Christian presence along this part of the Trent valley for about 1350 years. Our seven beautiful, ancient parish churches are the focal point of the life of a community of Christian people, who seek to offer worship and prayer and serve the local parish in the name of Jesus. Please feel free to read more about our churches on this site, or drop by for a visit. We would love to meet you, no matter what your own faith background might be.

The Trent and Derwent Parishes are a group of parishes, known as a "Benefice", within the Church of England. We are part of the Diocese of Derby and the Deanery of Melbourne. Our Rector, the Rev'd Tony Luke, and his Ministry Team serve all seven parishes of Aston on Trent, Weston on Trent, Elvaston, Shardlow, Swarkestone, Barrow upon Trent and Twyford.


Our churches offer a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration. Please visit the Weddings page and contact us if you would like to discuss the possibility of being married in any of our churches.


There are regular services in all of our churches, where we offer many different styles of worship, ranging from Family Worship to services from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. 

Some public worship has resumed from 19th July. See the Services page for details. You can also access a Sunday service online via the On Stream worship page.

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Message from Tony

At a time when many important services, such as shops, pubs, post offices, doctors' surgeries and bus routes, have sadly disappeared from many of our smaller villages, the Church of England is committed to the vision of keeping our fine heritage of parish churches "open for business" as places of prayer and worship and a vital part of the community. This is largely thanks to the commitment of a number of local Christian people in each parish, who freely give their time, energy and monetary support to maintain the life of the Church in our villages. 

I am glad that you have visited our website. Please take time to explore. Why not visit us in person?  We would love to meet you!

© 2013 by the United Benefice of Aston on Trent, Elvaston, Weston on Trent, Shardlow, Swarkestone and Barrow upon Trent with Twyford. all rights preserved.