Services

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. 

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 other festivals of the church: for details of these services, see below.

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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.

Advent

Sunday 27 November is the first Sunday of Advent, when we shall hold these services at St Giles Shipbourne:

8.00am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

9.30am: Family Service

6pm: Advent Carols

Saturday 17 December

3.15pm: Bethlehem Live! We start at the top of the Street in Plaxtol and process down the hill, celebrating the birth of Jesus. Do wear plenty of clothes, as this takes place outside.

Sunday 18 December, the third Sunday in Advent

9.30am: Family Nativity Service

Tuesday 21 December

5.00pm: carols and sketches outside the Kentish Rifleman: this event is held outside, so be sure to wrap up warm

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December

5.00pm: our carol service with an extended choir has readings telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and Christmas hymns and carols

11.30pm: Midnight Communion

Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December

8.00am: Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)

9.30am: Christmas Family Communion

Covid – 19: infection control

Following the end of the last period of lockdown, we have kept our infection control restrictions under regular review and have gradually reduced the safety measures we had adopted. There is now no requirement to wear a face mask during services, but you may do so if you wish.  Hand sanitiser is available in the porch for you to use, as you enter or leave the church.  

As a safety measure we have offered communion at the chancel steps, with the bread being dipped in the wine, rather than using a shared chalice. We are now considering offering the alternative of taking the wine from a shared chalice but those taking communion will be able to take the bread dipped in wine, if they prefer. Communion will be taken once more at the communion rail but for the present the choir will not sing while the congregation is receiving communion.

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.

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

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

Services for Sundays during lockdown

Friday 2 April 2021 was Good Friday

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

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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