Our churches are open for worship

Church services began again on Sunday 12thJuly:

Services follow the normal weekly pattern: for details see below 

  • 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)
  • Seating will be limited to one household or ‘bubble’, or three individuals per pew, and only every other pew, so a maximum of 40. Please come ready to be guided by wardens and sidesmen
  • The choir is now allowed to sing, but not the congregation
  • At Communion, only the bread will be offered, to be received standing
  • 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.

Both our churches are also open for 

Individual private prayer and organ practice:
Shipbourne – daily except Mondays: 9am-5pm;
Plaxtol – daily: 9am-5pm.

The service on 5th July was the last pre-recorded service in the series recorded during lockdown as, from Sunday 12th July, we resumed services in our two churches, albeit socially distanced.

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

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

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


Our normal pattern of services

We 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.

8.00 9.30 11.00
1st Sunday of month Holy Communion
Parish Communion
Family Service
2nd Sunday of month Holy Communion
Parish Communion
3rd Sunday of month Holy Communion
Parish Communion
Family Communion
4th Sunday of month Holy Communion
Family Service
Parish Communion
5th Sunday
(when there is one)
Holy Communion
Parish Communion


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.

Fifth Sunday after Trinity: Sunday 12th July

Corporate Public Worship resumed on 12 July, with social distancing, restricted numbers, no singing, and many other health measures. We understand and care that not everybody will be able or ready to come back to church yet. Please be forthcoming in helping us to understand better how we can support you and help you to feel included in the life of the church.

Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Readings: Isaiah 55:10-13 and Romans 8:1-11.

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’

‘Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’                             (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)

Some questions on the Gospel

If the times we live in, with lock-down, social distancing etc, can be compared with the weeds and thistles that threaten to choke the Word of God in the life of the believer and the life of the church, what can we do that will constitute weeding?

If the Word of God brings forth the fruit of the Spirit, some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, some a hundredfold, what does this look like in a time of pandemic? In what aspects of our life and faith will we have grown in these last three or four months? What fruit have we borne, as individuals and as a church?

Fourth Sunday after Trinity: Sunday 5th July

This week’s service from St Giles’ Church, a Collect, Readings and a Gospel reading can be found at

Fourth Sunday after Trinity 05.07.20


Third Sunday after Trinity: Sunday 28 June

This week’s service from Plaxtol Parish Church, a Collect, Bible readings, a Gospel reading and Intercessions can be found at

Third Sunday after Trinity 28.06.20


Second Sunday after Trinity: Sunday 21 June

This week’s service from St Giles’ Church, a Collect and Bible readings can be accessed at          

Second Sunday after Trinity 21.06.20


First Sunday after Trinity: Sunday 14 June

This week's service from Plaxtol Parish Church, a Collect, Readings, a Gospel reading, commentaries and a prayer can be found at:

First Sunday after Trinity1 14.06.20


Trinity Sunday: Sunday 7th June

The service this week was pre-recorded at St Giles’ Church, Shipbourne and can be viewed at

A Hymn of Preparation (St Patrick's Breastplate), a Collect, a Gospel reading and prayers may be found at:

Trinity Sunday 07.06.20