Castle Church

Welcome to Castle Church Stafford

Greetings from our team!

Christmas at Castle Church Stafford!

Bring the whole family to this popular fun, multi-media service to discover the real joy of Christmas!

Our Church

We are a growing church family based on the west side of Stafford.  We believe in faithfully teaching the bible to all ages.  We offer many ways to engage with Christ each week. 

Our Belief

At the heart of our church family life is a trust in the living God who has revealed himself in Jesus and still speaks to us through his Spirit-given Word, the Bible. Although we are an unashamedly Anglican Church, we have many members from all kinds of denominational backgrounds….and none! Although we are a parish church rooted in the community and here to serve the local area, members come to us from across the town of Stafford and beyond. Although we have clear convictions of our own, we want to welcome those who may not yet share them but want to explore the truth about the God who shows himself in Jesus.

Sunday Service

10:30am Morning Service / 5:00pm Evening Service

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Sundays are one of the spaces where we gather every week. We value these times as the whole family comes together to worship and pray, as well as exploring aspects of our everyday lives with a biblical context.

Running alongside our main service, we have dedicated programmes for children and teenagers. These fun and interactive sessions help our young people explore life through the lens of faith

Every Sunday service is streamed live on YouTube, so if you feel turning up in person is too big a step, why not visit us online first? You can also join us ‘down the line’ as all of our services can be accessed at any time through our YouTube channel.


Church Life

Prayer Meetings

This is the most important meeting of the month as we bring our prayers together as a church family.  We meet in person at 2pm and at 7:30pm on zoom

Bible Studies

We hold several bible study sessions each week.  We meet at various times and in different locations so there is opportunity for everyone to get involved. 

Sunday School

Our children leave midway through our service to go to their various groups where they will study the same bible passage that is preached in the main service.  There is also a toddler group for smaller children 

Midweek Communion

We are a growing church family based on the west side of Stafford.  We believe in faithfully teaching the bible to all ages.  We offer many ways to engage with Christ each week. 


every other Sunday 6:30pm in term time 

Our Youth Group is for young people of Secondary School age. The time is divided up into games and activities along with small group bible studies

Christianity Explored

We run the Christianity Explored in small groups or as one to ones where we use this structured course to expore the Christian faith in a no pressure environment

Life Events


­Christians believe that marriage is a special relationship created by God. It involves a public commitment to a lifelong relationship of faithfulness and love between a man and a woman.


As an Anglican Church, we baptise the children of professing Christians. The Baptism Service assumes that one or both of the parents are practising Christians and also already members of Castle Church.


To speak to someone regarding funerals at Castle Church please contact the office where we can arrange for a member of our clergy team to speak with you

Our Staff

Philip Sowerbutts
Vicar (Senior Minister)

Philip trained for the ministry at Oak Hill Theological College in London where he now also occasionally teaches ordinands about music in church and on the Spirituality module. Philip is also a trainer for Lichfield Diocese CME in the areas of Music and Church Leadership.

Iain Lingwood

Iain is married to Hayley and they have two young boys. Iain is originally from Manchester (red, not blue) and met Hayley at the Cornhill Training course in London. Iain trained for minstry at Oak Hill Theological College in London.

Roy Ball
Honorary Associate Minister

He has worked as a minister all over the world from Stockport and Fazelely to chaplaincies with Intercontinental Church Society in France, Eastern Europe and Holland! Having retired to Staffordshire, Roy helps out with the teaching and preaching ministry at Castle Church as well as running the largest home group. He also provides clergy holiday cover for those serving in Europe with ICS as Missionaries

Rev Dr Alan Hodson
Honorary Associate Minister

Alan is married to Jan and is a retired Baptist Pastor. He has led churches in London, South Wales, Brighton and Scotland. Alan was awarded a PhD on the Holy Spirit in the book of Hebrews in 2019. Alongside his teaching and mentoring work at Castle Church, he has published on 'The Holy Spiritt in Hebrews' in an edited book (SPCK) dealing with the Biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Christine Sykes
Associate Minister

Christine is married to Ian and they have an adult daughter Lizzie. Chris is a long-standing member of Castle Church and was lay-reader before being called to ordained ministry. Before ministry, both Ian and Christine worked in the coal industry. Christine co-ordinates pastoral care at Castle Church and leads a daytime Bible Study Group for ladies.

Dalena Deall

Dalena is married to Les and they have two grown-up daughters. Before working for Castle Church, Dalena worked as a Secretary and Administer for Areva. As well as day-to-day administration, Dalena co-ordinates the weddings at Castle Church.

Castle Church is under the Episcopal oversight of The Bishop Of Ebbsfleet, Rt Rev Rob Munro

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