Welcome to the online home of St Matthew’s Church, Stretton, and St Cross Church, Appleton Thorn!

We’ve created this website (stmandstc.org) for the two parishes. Both churches have their own websites, and you can reach them from here:
St Matthew’s Church, Stretton
St Cross Church, Appleton Thorn

Or you can find our Facebook pages here:

St Matthew’s on Facebook
St Cross on Facebook

I have been vicar of these two parishes in the Diocese of Chester, part of the Church of England, since September 2014.

You can find my (occasional) blog here:

The Vicar writes…

I also tweet in my official capacity, sort of, here:


My installation in September 2014


“St Matthew’s, Stretton, and St Cross, Appleton Thorn, take their duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.

If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/sa

If  you want to get in touch, please do! We look forward to hearing from you.The parish office is located in St Matthew’s Church Hall in Stretton Road – just in front of St Matthew’s CE Primary School. Our Parish Administrator, Laura Booth, works there on Wednesdays between 9:00AM and 3:00PM. You can call her on 01925 732800.


The Revd Alan Jewell
Vicar, St Matthew’s, Stretton, and St Cross, Appleton Thorn
The Vicarage, Stretton Road, Stretton, WARRINGTON, Cheshire, WA4 4NT
01925 730276


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