Suspension of church services during the pandemic 

Both our churches are now open for the purposes of

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

We extend a virtual welcome to folk from the parish of Shoreham, who may be joining us via YouTube while their Vicar is away.

Church services begin next Sunday (12thJuly):

08:00                  Holy Communion (1662) at Shipbourne
                  please bring your own prayer book to use if you have one.
09:30                  Parish Communion at Shipbourne

11:00                  Parish Communion at Plaxtol

  • 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.
  • Singing is not permitted at this stage, but we will be able to listen together.
  • At Communion, only the bread will be offered, to be received standing.

The service on 5th July is the last pre-recorded service in the current series as, from Sunday 12th July, we shall resume 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.

Fourth Sunday after Trinity: Sunday 5th July

This week’s service from St Giles’ Church can be accessed at

Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world: draw us into harmony with your will, that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Readings: Zechariah 9:9-12 and Romans 7:15-25a.

Jesus said, ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

(Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end)


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


Sunday 31st May: Pentecost

The service this week was pre-recorded at Plaxtol Parish Church and can be viewed at:

There is also an extra song which you may like to sing along to afterwards: you will find the words below, after the blessing

Preparation, a Collect, New Testament and Gospel readings and the Blessing can be found at:

Pentecost 31.05.20


The Sunday after Ascension: Sunday 24th May

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

A Collect, Psalm, New Testament reading, Gospel reading, reflection by the Bishop of Rochester and a Hymn can be found at

Sunday after Ascension 24.05.20


Our normal pattern of services

Normally we hold services each month in the two churches in our benefice, in Shipbourne or Plaxtol, as set out below, although as explained above, all services have been suspended for the foreseeable future. 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.