Services

Our church building remains open for individual private prayer daily, except on Mondays, between 9am and 3.30pm.

Services resumed on 14 March 2021, after being closed due to lockdown. Our worship together on Sundays is now back to a full programme: details are set out under our normal pattern of services further down this page.

Following the general deregulation of 19th July, we shall keep many of our safety measures in place, to give those attending worship confidence. Social distancing and the wearing of face-coverings will no longer by mandatory, but we will encourage those attending to considering retaining masks and spacing for the wellbeing of others.  We will continue to provide hand-sanitiser, both as you enter and as you leave. We will maintain our daily and weekly cleaning regime for the time being. We will continue to record names and contact details with explicit consent on Sundays and retain the QR-code for use with NHS App’. We will be resuming gentle congregation singing from 25th July. 

We have carried out all necessary checks to try to ensure everyone’s safety, but the clinically vulnerable may wish to come into church during the week when they can be safe on their own, or to our smaller ‘said’ services at 8am on Sundays at St Giles or Plaxtol Church or to morning prayer at Plaxtol Church at 8.30am on weekdays.

While attendance at divine services was prohibited under lockdown restrictions, readings and prayers were posted on this page.

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 8.30am 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.

Sunday 8 August 2021

The normal Service will not take place at 9.30am on Sunday 8 August and instead we will hold Peter’s Prayers, Picnic and Fun and Games on the Green at Shipbourne from 12 noon. Further details are on the future events page.

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:

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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