Church of the Holy Cross

Contact Numbers



Anthony Giles

0115 965 3727


Benefice Administrator

Tracey Akehurst

0115 965 2114

If you have a church query please contact Tracey on the number above or email:


Church Wardens

Wynn Needham (Ep) 966 5118

Wendy Preston (Ep)

Neil Allen 07976 844 261

Liell Francklin (Gon)  966 4593

Mike Newell (Ox)  965 3420

Helen Lees (Ox)  965 5167


Wednesday Coffee Drop in...

10am - 12noon First Wednesday of the month - St Swithun's Woodborough

10.45 - 12noon Third Wednesday of the month - St Peter and St Paul's Oxton

10.45am - 12noon Weekly - Holy Cross Epperstone


All coffee mornings are cancelled until further notice.

Please read the following information on Church Services

The Benefice of Epperstone, Gonalston, Oxton and Woodborough.


Church of the Holy Cross


We are aware that this is a very difficult time. To keep you updated as much as possible, as well as enable you to continue to worship and pray at home we are providing a number of resources and information which can be accessed through a number of different options.

A Church Near You/ Church of the Holy Cross

Facebook: Benefice Churches of Epperstone, Gonalston, Oxton and Woodborough

And for the less tech savvy who prefer not to surf the internet, a Benefice Newsletter that is a weekly update with information and resources (although this also appears on both the above sites). If you would like to be included on the email distribution list please contact Tracey, the Benefice Administrator -

If you would like to contact us directly please get in touch with either Anthony or Tracey.

Revd Anthony Giles (0776 652 5620/

Tracey Akehurst (0115 965 2114/

For any general church enquiries please contact Tracey.

The Benefice of Epperstone, Oxton, Gonalston & Woodborough

Holy Communion in Church

The churches in Epperstone, Oxton and Woodborough are now opening for Holy Communion each week. Gonalston will remain closed.

Services will be restricted to one per Sunday as follows:

4th October - 8am - Woodborough

11th October - 10am - Woodborough

18th October - 10am - Epperstone

25th October - 10am - Oxton

The service will follow all the necessary social distance protocol as set out under Church of England guidelines (details below).

Numbers will be limited, on a first come first served basis. The maximum numbers for each church are: Woodborough 26, Epperstone 24, Oxton 24.

This will be in conjunction with the onlineSunday worship on You Tube. The link will be available on A Church Near You website.


What to expect in church

  • Places are allocated on a first come first served basis until the seats are filled. Please use your own parish church, rather than visiting others.
  • Please sanitise your hands before entering.
  • You must wear a face covering.
  • Please provide contact details for Tace and Trace.
  • Wait to be shown to your allocated seat. Please remain seated unless invited to do otherwise.
  • Maintain social distancing (2 metres apart) at all times
  • There will be no singing, and corporate speaking will be kept to a minimum.
  • Please leave the church promptly at the end of the service. No refreshments will be served.

​​Please do not attend church if you have any symptoms of Covid-19


Church Flowers


If anyone would like to help decorate the church for any of the church festivals, i.e.Harvest, Christmas, Easter or Epperstone Festival (once every two years) ...

... Please contact

Helen on 0115 966 3339


Nicky on 0115 966 3253


You don't have to be an expert flower arranger. We are all amateurs who just love flowers!

Thank you


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