Welcome to St John the Baptist Church Shedfield

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

About Us

Being Church
at Home

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 close our church buildings and suspend weekday and Sunday services is an enormous change for us to cope with.

It’s never been more important to stay focussed on what we can do and not what we can’t. Self-isolation and all the other restrictions mean that everyone’s having to learn how to keep in touch with each other in different kinds of ways, and that includes the church family here in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham too.

That’s why the ministry team is launching the Being church at home series for everyone to share during this time when we can’t meet together for worship in church. Each Sunday we’ll be 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.

If you’re one of our regular ‘8 o’clockers’ you could join in morning prayer at 8.00am from home – and if you usually come to 10.00am services then you could worship from home then. You can use these services at different times of day as well, of course! And if you’re new to church: welcome – it’s good to have you join in, wherever you are.

We’re preparing other worship opportunities too, including a morning prayer series and special Holy Week and Easter services. Let us know what works for you, what doesn’t and what you’d like to see included in Being church at home.

You’ll know by now that there’s a host of options available online and on TV or radio to enable Sunday worship to continue in these unprecedented circumstances: you’ll find some suggestions about which of these are especially relevant and accessible in Being church at home.

Please be assured that you are all 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

We are a warmly welcoming place of worship open from dawn to dusk. Sunday Services are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) every Sunday; 10am Parish Communion on the first Sunday; 10am Cafe Church on the second, 10am Parish Communion on the third Sunday with Sung Evensong at 6pm; Quiet Time at 10am on the fourth Sunday and 10am Family Service on any fifth Sunday.

Morning prayer is said in church every day at 9.00am.

Every Thursday: Holy Communion in the Study Centre’s Morrell Room at 10.00am.

Weddings and Baptisms are by arrangement with the clergy.

Please contact the Parish Administrator, Christine Cannadine, with enquiries.

T:  01329 832162      E:  admin@stjohnthebaptistshedfield.org.uk

Find us

St John the Baptist Church
Church Road
Shedfield
SO32 2HY

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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 Friday 3 April at 16:05

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops have written to clergy in support of the measures, requiring that churches must now close both for private worship and public services. As their letter explains, ‘The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close. We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID 19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.’

Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities until further notice.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this church, along with all other church buildings in the Church of England, is now closed.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during this unprecedented situation, please contact the Parish Administrator, Christine Cannadine.
T: 01329 832 162      E: admin@stjohnthebaptistshedfield.org.uk

Regular services and events for everyone

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close.

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID 19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during this unprecedented situation, please contact the Parish Administrator, Christine Cannadine.

T: 01329 832 162      E: admin@stjohnthebaptistshedfield.org.uk

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