Services

Services resumed on 14th March, after a period at the beginning of the present lockdown when services were suspended. Details of our weekly pattern of services are set out below.

While lockdown restrictions continue, readings and prayers are posted on this page.

The building remains open for individual private prayer every day except Monday, between 9am and 3pm. It will also be closed on Saturday 3 April.

  • When you visit the church, please be ready to observe social distancing and hand sanitising, both on the way in and as you leave the building (hand gel is provided)
  • Face coverings must be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

The Rector will continue to say Morning and Evening Prayer at 8.30 and 4.30 respectively. Please join him from your home.

Thanks to all those who have worked hard to make this possible.

We continue to be the Church: a people of prayer and action. 

Our normal pattern of services

We  normally hold services each month in the two churches in our benefice, in Shipbourne or Plaxtol, as set out below . There are also special services for Christmas  and Easter and the other festivals of the church.

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1st Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Plaxtol
Parish Communion
Shipbourne
Family Service
Plaxtol
2nd Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Shipbourne
Matins
Shipbourne
Parish Communion
Plaxtol
3rd Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Plaxtol
Parish Communion
Shipbourne
Family Communion
Plaxtol
4th Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Shipbourne
Family Service
Shipbourne
Parish Communion
Plaxtol
5th Sunday
(when there is one)
Holy Communion
Plaxtol
Parish Communion
Shipbourne
Matins
Plaxtol

Every weekday at 8.00am Morning Prayer will be said at Plaxtol and every weekday evening (except Friday and Saturday) at 4.30pm Evening Prayer will be said at St Giles Shipbourne.

Services for Sundays during lockdown

Friday 2 April 2021 is Good Friday

The Rector has recorded services in the two churches in the Benefice for Good Friday. You can find this recorded worship from 9.00am on Good Friday here, together with Collects, Bible readings and hymns for Good Friday:

Compline in Holy Week on Monday 29 March to Wednesday 31 March 2021

In our benefice we have a tradition to say Compline, otherwise known as ‘Night Prayer’, at 9pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. 
This year, as we are working our way back to a full programme of corporate public prayer, Compline was said on-line, using YouTube Live. You can find these short services by searching for the Rector’s channel: ‘Peter Hayler’ on YouTube. The order of service for these services can be found here: 

Sunday 28 March 2021 is Palm Sunday

Our return to corporate public worship continues with services at both St Giles Shipbourne and Plaxtol Church (see above). You can find a collect, Bible readings, two hymns and a psalm for Palm Sunday here:

Sunday 21 March 2021 is the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Our gradual return to corporate public worship continues with a single service at Plaxtol Church at 11.00am. You can find two collects, three Bible readings, a hymn and a psalm here:

Sunday 14 March 2021 is the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Our gradual return to corporate public worship continues today with a single service at St Giles Shipbourne at 9.30am. You can find three collects and a Gospel reading here:

Sunday 7 March 2021 is the Third Sunday in Lent

Our gradual return to corporate public worship begins today with a single service at Plaxtol Church at 11.00am. You can find two collects and a Gospel reading for this day here:

Sunday 28 February 2021 is the Second Sunday in Lent

The Rector recorded a service for the Second Sunday in Lent. You can find the service, two Collects and a Gospel reading by following this link:

Sunday 21 February 2021 is the First Sunday in Lent

The Rector recorded a service for the First Sunday In Lent. You can find the service, two Collects and a Gospel reading by following this link:

Wednesday 17 February is Ash Wednesday: the beginning of Lent

The Rector recorded a service for Ash Wednesday. You can find the service, a Collect, a recorded Anthem, a Bible reading, a hymn and a blessing, by following this link:

Sunday 14 February is Quinquagesima Sunday, the next Sunday before Lent

We held a Songs of Praise service on Zoom at 10.30am on Sunday 14 February.

Sunday 7 February is Sexagesima, the second Sunday before Lent

The Rector recorded a service for Sexagesima. You can find the service, together with a Collect and a Gospel reading at

Sunday 31 January is Candlemas

The Rector recorded a service for Candlemas in St Giles Shipbourne. You can find the service, a Collect and a Gospel reading at

Sunday 24th January is the Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Rector recorded a service for the Third Sunday after Epiphany. You can find the service together with a prayer and a Gospel reading at

Christmas 2020

As well as our Christmas services in church, we recorded a special ‘Festival of Readings and Music’ so everyone can join in, to celebrate the birth of Christ. This can be found athttps://www.youtube.com/embed/5ZZOFPNsVpQ?feature=oembed

8.009.3011.00
1st Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Plaxtol
Parish Communion
Shipbourne
Family Service
Plaxtol
2nd Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Shipbourne
Matins
Shipbourne
Parish Communion
Plaxtol
3rd Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Plaxtol
Parish Communion
Shipbourne
Family Communion
Plaxtol
4th Sunday of monthHoly Communion
Shipbourne
Family Service
Shipbourne
Parish Communion
Plaxtol
5th Sunday
(when there is one)
Holy Communion
Plaxtol
Parish Communion
Shipbourne
Matins
Plaxtol

As well as our Christmas services in church, we recorded a special ‘Festival of Readings and Music’ so everyone can join in, to celebrate the birth of Christ. This can be found at

 

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