Benefice of West Barnsley


















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Welcome to the Benefice of West Barnsley 

The Benefice comprises four separate Rural Parishes to the West of the M1 in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

in the Villages of
Cawthorne, Dodworth, Hoylandswaine and Silkstone with Stainborough

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 All matters, but particularly regarding Safeguarding, are treated very seriously and we want to help you get the best possible guidance/action available.  We care for all with a sense of deep pastoral care and understand the huge amount of courage it takes to make contact on such a sensitive matter as this. Please go to our 'Safeguarding' Page on our Website where you will be able to see local contact and also wider contact and guidance within our diocese.  Alternatively you can  click here to go to the Church of England Safeguarding site which has even more information on a national level.

Thursday 18th July
9:30am - 11:00am -
Saturday 27th July
10:00am - 12:00pm -
Tuesday 30th July
10:00am -

Our place in the community

In the United Kingdom, The Parish Church is the focal point of every local community.   The greater Church is wider than one single denomination, it is the combination of and interaction between all faiths that heals divisions and makes our community whole.

Sometimes everything is all cosy, but more often than not everyone needs to be part of the Community and to have friends and a safe place to meet and grow in faith and resolve.

The most important theme that crosses all boundaries is that 'it matters' and that 'you matter'.

Join us on Sundays

Each church has 2 Sunday Services per month (alternate weeks) eg Silkstone at 9.15am and then Hoylandswaine at 11.00 am (alternated with Dodworth at 9.15am and then Cawthorne at 11.00 am).   Please check our calendar for each location and times of worship.

When there is a 5th Sunday in the month this is a Joint Benefice Service for all four churches at 11.00 am and the location will rotate around the Benefice.   Again, please check our calendar for the venue.


Our History

The four parishes have been around for a long time but the changing scene has created an opportunity for grouping nearby similar parishes together under the banner of a Benefice.

West Barnsley Benefice is moving forwards with new leadership to grasp the moment and become relevant for today for a wider community.

Visit the Church Building

Please look at the ‘the 4 churches’ option at the top of the page for individual details where you can also link to their respective Social Media pages and ‘achurchnearyou’ information.

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