About Us

St John the Baptist Church Shedfield

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.

4th Sunday of the month: Joint Benefice Service of Peace and Wholeness with laying on of hands in the Lady Chapel at St Nicholas Church, Wickham, at 4.00pm

There is Messy Church at St Nicholas, Wickham, once a month on the second Thursday in term time only.

Weddings and Baptisms are by arrangement with the clergy.

There is disabled parking in church driveway in front of St John the Baptist, via St Johns Lane and Church Road.  A level path to the left of the main door leads to the west entrance of the Study Centre with access to the church.

There is an inductive loop system for those with hearing aids.

We have a disabled toilet in the Study Centre.

The bell-ringing chamber is reached by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.

The church’s foundation stone was laid on 24 May 1875, and can be seen today under the east window. Several coins of the day were buried nearby. The building committee was headed by the Vicar, the Revd William Bray.

The church is Gothic in style, with a nave, north and south aisles and a decorative and ornate chancel. Coloured bricks are used abundantly and the dressed Bath stone gives a warm and pleasing effect.

The embroidery displayed on the north wall was created by members of the parish to celebrate the millennium.

The most recent addition to the church is the Study Centre.  It was designed by Terry E. Roberts, built by local company H H Builders of Bishop’s Waltham, and dedicated by the Bishop of Portsmouth in September 2003.

St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

St John the Baptist Church of England (Controlled) Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs Kay Bowen
Address: Solomons Lane, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Email: office@stjohnthebaptistprimary.co.uk
Phone: 01329 833 141

St John the Baptist CofE Primary School serves the parish of Shedfield, which includes Waltham Chase and Shirrell Heath. The school’s Christian values of respect, friendship and trust form the basis of all the school does as it builds a learning community. The school’s 285 children are proud of their school and their learning – and we are proud of them. To find out more, visit:

Weddings and Baptisms


Congratulations on your Engagement!  For further information about the possibility of being married in our beautiful church please contact Jane Goulson, Parish Administrator on (01329) 833299 or email stnicholasadmin@btinternet.com

The Church of England also has a website with lots of useful information and help to make the decisions you need to:


Here are some answers to the questions we are often asked about baptisms at St Nicholas, Wickham.

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