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 prayer and public worshipCOVID-19 - risk assessment for opening updated 7th January 2021
St John the Baptist Church by Adrian Jordan, 23rd April 2020

Fred Montague

Revd Juliet has asked me to thank you for your cards, messages and support following Fred’s death on 29th April. Juliet was able to nurse Fred at home, with the support of her sister Annie and the Marie Curie team. We’ll all have our own memories of this remarkable man, who so loyally supported Juliet’s ministry and was a member of several community groups locally.

Fred’s funeral is to be held at St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield, at 2.00pm on Friday 14th May and will be followed by private cremation at Wessex Vale – sadly, Covid-19 restrictions mean that attendance in church is limited to 30 in by invitation only. The order of service will be available online on Friday afternoon, in the anticipation that those who will not be able to come to church might read the hymns and prayers at home.

Fred’s body will be received into St John the Baptist Church on Friday morning, and you are invited to join the ministry team in saying the morning office in church at 9.15am. Please be aware that on Friday the church will not be open for private prayer as usual. It is anticipated that there will be a service of thanksgiving at a later date, during which Fred’s ashes will be interred in the memorial garden. Dear Fred – may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Being Church Together

Royal British Legion Centenary

Sadly Covid-19 restrictions mean that the commemoration of the Royal British Legion’s Centenary on 15th May is to be focussed on a national tribute at the Cenotaph, at which a wreath will be laid at 9.00am. In Wickham and Shedfield, wreaths will be laid at the village war memorials at 9.00am by RBL members, church and parish council representatives, and a short act of commemoration will be led by in Wickham RBL Branch Chaplain, the Revd Jane Isaac and in Shedfield by Mr Ian Treveil. The text for this service, prepared by Revd Jane, can be found here.

British Legion in Wickham Square

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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, having to restrict the use of our church buildings and suspending many weekday and Sunday services has been an enormous change for everyone to cope with. However, with the announcement of the gradual easing of restrictions and the continuing rollout of the vaccination programme, from Sunday 14th March 2021 St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield, is able to re-open for private prayer and public worship:

Private prayer: the church will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm every day.
Sunday worship: morning worship (usually at 10.00am) will alternate between St Nicholas Church, Wickham and St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield.

Being Church at Home services will continue online and can be accessed via the Being Church at Home tab.

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 and Revd Ruth.

The Ministry Team, the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas, Wickham.

The funeral service for the late Frederick Weaver Montague will take place in St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield at 2pm.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is by invitation only.

St John the Baptist Church has recently benefited from a significant grant that will go towards repairing the church tower roof.  As a church we are happy to promote the work of the National Churches Trust.  Please click on the image or the link here to learn more about the Trust and support its work.

St John the Baptist Church has recently benefited from a significant grant that will go towards repairing the church tower roof.  As a church we are happy to promote the work of the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust.  You can support that work by joining in the annual Ride and Stride spsonsored event every September or by going to the link to learn more about the Trust.

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

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 1800 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 November 2020) 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: Wednesday 12 May, 17.00

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

St John the Baptist Church is open for private prayer and public worship.

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

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

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.

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Commitment and support

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