Welcome to St John the Baptist Church Shedfield

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

About Us
St John the Baptist Church by Adrian Jordan, 23rd April 2020

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 have launched 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.

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

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.  The church is open every day from dawn to dusk.

Sunday services include:

Every Sunday: 8.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).

First Sunday of the month: 10.00am Parish Communion service with the church choir.

Second Sunday of the month: 10.00am Café Church in the Study Centre (next door to church).

Third Sunday of the month: 10.00am Parish Communion service with the church choir.

Fourth Sunday of the month: 10.00am Quiet Time service of the word with music and reflection.

Fifth Sunday of the month: 10.00am Family service.

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

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

Baptism and wedding enquiries: Please contact the Parish Administrator, Chris Cannadine:

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

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 Thursday 28 May at 15:35

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.

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

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

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

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.

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Commitment and support

Eager parish volunteers