Welcome to the Minster Church of St Peter ad Vincula. This historic church has stood at the heart of the Stoke for 1,400 years. It is well worth a visit especially as we celebrate ten years since the Bishop of Lichfield granted Minster status to the church in May 2005. On Saturday 9th May 2015 there will be an Open Day from 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. as we commemorate our first decade as an Urban Minster. Displays will illustrate:

  • Our founding as an Anglo-Saxon Mynster in the 7th century on the river Stoke.
  • Our Medieval history as one of the wealthiest livings in England
  • Our links with the Industrial Revolution: Wedgwood, Spode and Minton
  • Our present day ministry as the Minster for a dynamic, modern city.

Courtesy of Portmerion (the owners of the Spode name) there will be mug painting for the children and other craft activities. There will also be displays of children’s designs for the Celebration Logo. For adults there will be guided tours of the Minster, musical interludes and outside a display of Classic Cars. There will also be a demonstration from one of Wedgwood’s potters who will be actually making ceramic items,

You are also invited to celebrate with us on Sunday 10th May, at 10.30 a.m. when the Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent and other guests will be present at a special Sung Eucharist. The service will be led by Bishop of Lichfield and, as we celebrate 10 years, 10 candidates will be confirmed by the Bishop as they take on full membership of the Church of England. Stoke Minster has a dynamic future as well as a fascinating past. The anniversary mug, designed by a local pupil and produced courtesy of Wedgwood will also be available to buy. All are welcome to our Open Day on the Saturday and the Celebration Service on the Sunday.

The church is well worth a visit.  Father David Lingwood, Rector of Stoke Minster.  C_OF_logo_v2

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