Welcome to St John the Baptist Church Shedfield

The United Benefice of St John the Baptist Shedfield and St Nicholas Wickham

Church open for private prayerCOVID-19 - risk assessment for opening updated 8th August 2020
St John the Baptist Church by Adrian Jordan, 23rd April 2020

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Being Church Together

Votive stand at St Nicholas church Wickham

Whether we go to church once a week, now and again or not at all, our parish churches have a long tradition of being a constant, comforting presence in our lives. With all the challenges and worries that the corona virus crisis is causing us, having to restrict the use of our church buildings and suspending many weekday and Sunday services has been an enormous change for us all to cope with.

With the easing of lockdown restrictions, St Nicholas Church is open every day for private prayer and a limited number of public worship services (from December 2nd). Social distancing requirements and public health regulations mean that we’ll be having our own ‘new normal’ in church, which is as exciting as it’s challenging. It’s really important that we stay focussed on what we can do and not what we can’t.

Self-isolation, shielding and all the other restrictions mean that coming out to church simply isn’t an option for many people.  Everyone’s having to learn how to keep in touch with each other in different kinds of ways.  That includes the church family here in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham too.  That’s why ‘Being Church at Home’ is growing into ‘Being Church Together’.

Being Church Together has two strands: Being Church at church is our Sunday public worship, which for the time being will alternate at 10.00am on Sundays between St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield and St Nicholas Church, Wickham (the website will have all the details and up to date information).  Being Church at home will continue to provide the weekly Being Church at home series of services for everyone to share during this time when we can’t all meet together for worship in church. Each Sunday we’ll carry on posting two specially-written services on the parish websites. There’ll be the benefice’s own morning prayer service, along with a more informal service with a reflection on the Gospel reading along with prayers and hymns that can be followed online or printed out for those without access to the internet. This informal service will be as similar as possible to the one we’ll be taking part in at church, so we really will be ‘Being Church Together’.

And if you’re new to church: welcome – it’s good to have you join in, wherever you are.

Please be assured that you are very much in the ministry team’s thoughts, and please do pray for us as we are praying for you – from Revd Jane, on behalf of Revd Juliet, Revd Ruth and Stephen
The Ministry Team, the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas, Wickham

Our Church

St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield is the Anglican (Church of England) parish church for the villages of Shedfield, Shirrell Heath and Waltham Chase in Hampshire. We are one of two parishes in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham (Diocese of Portsmouth): to find out more about our sister parish, please visit www.stnicholaswickham.org.uk  To find out about St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School, see https://stjohnthebaptistprimary.co.uk

St John the Baptist Church warmly welcomes you – whether you live locally or are visiting the area, or come to church once a week, once in a while or once in a lifetime.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the church is open for private prayer from 10:00am until dusk daily except for Sunday, when it is open from 12:00pm until dusk.

For the time being, a Sunday morning service with music and an address will be held at either St John the Baptist Church or our sister church, St Nicholas Church, Wickham.  The service starts at 10:00am and the doors open at 9:40am.  Please check the Being Church At Home page (and/or A Church Near You www.achurchnearyou.com) for the latest information. Please do remember that the wearing of facemasks is mandatory and to use the hand sanitising station on entry and on exit.  If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should self-isolate and not come to church.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during the pandemic, please contact the Parish Life Events Co-ordinator, Jane Goulson.

T: 01329 833 299 E: parishlifeevents@btinternet.com

Find us

St John the Baptist Church
Church Road
Shedfield
SO32 2HY

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Parish Magazine

The Parish Magazine for Shedfield, Shirrell Heath and Waltham Chase is published 10 times a year free of charge to over 1660 local homes.

Coronavirus crisis: please support your local businesses at this difficult time.  The magazine includes a number advertising pages for local businesses.

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding at St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield

St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield takes its responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and their welfare is paramount in all areas of church life.

Clergy, lay staff and volunteers who work within the organisation and/or as part of the congregation are required to follow good policy and practice to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually. High professional standards are maintained in all worship and all pastoral, counselling, educational and recreational situations involving children, young people and vulnerable adults.

To facilitate this, all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and members of the congregation working with or seeking to work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults are properly recruited, screened, trained and supported.

The church’s Safeguarding Policy statement (agreed on by the PCC in May 2019) is below. The benefice’s Safeguarding Representative is Julia Jordan, who can be contacted on juliajordan285@btinternet.com or 01489 890 007.

Coronavirus

The Church of England – Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

Last updated on Tuesday 01 December at 12:22

The Church of England’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches can be accessed here.

St Nicholas Church is now open for private prayer and public worship.

The church is currently open every day for private prayer between 10.00am–1.00pm Monday to Saturday and 12.00pm – 5pm on Sundays.

The church is not open for public worship on Sundays: for the latest information about Sunday services visit here.

Please be aware that those with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate and not come to church, and that social distancing measures must be followed. Designated seating is available, entrance and exit doors are clearly marked, and hand sanitiser dispensers are in place. Please be aware that your name and contact details may be taken, in line with the requirements of the NHS Track and Trace programme.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during the pandemic, please contact the Parish Life Events Co-ordinator, Jane Goulson.

T: 01329 833 299 E: parishlifeevents@btinternet.com

A call to prayer
for the nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London have called the Church of England to prayer for the nation at 6.00pm every day for the duration of the second national lockdown.

Special Prayer for the Nation resources can be found at:

Here’s a direct link to a short, easily-printable booklet:

The booklet includes a prayer theme for each day of the week, along with this prayer for the nation:

Lord Jesus Christ,
In these dark and difficult days we turn our hearts to you. In ages past you have delivered our nation from disaster.
Do it again we pray.
Give Wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders.

Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers.
Give comfort beyond human comfort to children and the eldery and all who grieve. In these dark and difficult days, turn your face towards us, have mercy upon us, and heal our land we pray. Amen

Daily Hope phone line

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

‘With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.’

Archbishop Justin Welby

Individual Private Prayer

The Church of England has produced this poster for those of you who would like to access some prayers on your phone for use in church.  Just scan the code using the QR Reader phone app.

You might like to access some prayers on your phone.

If you have a QR Reader app, scan this code for some prayers you might like to use:

Or visit this web page:

www.churchofengland.org/prayers-for-the-moment

There are some words to help if you’re missing someone who has died, and more prayers to help you pray about family and friends.

To light a candle as you pray for someone or something, please scan here:

Or visit this web page: www.churchofengland.org/light-a-candle

To remember someone who has died, visit: www.churchofengland.org/funeral-candle

Regular services and events for everyone

The Study Centre

Venue for Hire

Shedfield Study Centre is an attractive modern venue for hire in a uniquely beautiful setting.

Situated between Bishop’s Waltham and Wickham, in Church Road, Shedfield the Study Centre is accessible from the A334 Botley Road and the B2177 Winchester Road.

Members of our community

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Commitment and support

Eager parish volunteers