Shere: St James, Shere

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We would describe ourselves as those who adhere to the middle way in the Anglican Communion, being neither markedly High Church/Anglo-catholic nor Low Church.

The choir lead us in the Gloria, Sanctus & Agnes Dei and our clergy, Communion assistants & choir are usually robed. We do not use incense. We do not call our Rector 'Father', we call him Nick.

We are strong supporters of women clergy. While our Rector Nick is a man, both our Associate Minister Judy & Curate Sarah are women. We are very fortunate as our Rector’s wife Hazel is also a priest [and Director of the Diocesan Discipleship Vocation and Ministry Team] and is occasionally free to lead services and or preach

We believe & hope we're warm & welcoming but we won't hug you to death. If you seek privacy this will be respected. At the 10am service we keep a pew free for visitors in the middle of the congregation so you won't have to sit in the front or at the side and can follow what we do.

Children of all ages are welcome. We provide an area with low tables, playmats and colouring materials at our 10am Parish Communions where parents may take their children if they wish.

There are 2 churches in the parish, the Sunday morning services alternate between them.

The Fifth Sunday is a lottery! Please check as to which service is where.

We have a basic pattern to our Services which you can view under the tab "Services and Events" but as there are sometimes changes please do not rely on this! You will also find details of any special services here.

To find out the times and places for our planned Services, go to 'News' to the right, click on the month and it will download a 'Word' document. This is what's published in the Parish Magazine and on Notice Boards.
An A5 card version may be picked up in the Church once the previous month is over.

Every Sunday we give out our 'Weekly Notes' which give details of Services and other activities during the following week as well as the following Sunday. They also give notice of any late changes to the Services as published and advance notice of any special Services.
Normally they will appear on the site once they've been published but may be picked up from either church, both of which are open every day. If you'd like a copy emailed please phone 01483 203352.

We hope you find this page useful & helpful. If you'd like to see more or different information, please contact us. We're quite capable of making mistakes so, please, if you spot something that looks silly, please ring 01483 203352 to check and if it's wrong, we'll say 'Thank you' & correct it.

If you're planning a visit please phone 01483 202394 to check no additional services or events such as funerals, school assemblies, weddings or visits are taking place when you'd like to come. We don't put these on this site.

Please always check services before making a special journey by phoning in advance.

In the first instance please always phone the Rector, the Revd. Nick Whitehead on 01483 202394. The Associate Minister, the Revd. Judy Potter's number is 01483 203352.

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Jude Pitcher
Parish Office, The Maltings, Shere Lane, Shere, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9RR
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Family-Feast@Four-Thirty
A service for families that's very different. There's games to play, crafts, games etc, worship & lots of food! The timings given are the usual but it has to change from time to time so do check by looking at our services for the month.
Every fourth Sunday at 4:30 PM for 1 hour
 
First Sunday Unevensong
Expect only the Unexpected. An opportunity to experience those forms of worship, prayer and praise that are not a constant in our cycle of services.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
 
Palm Sunday Procession & All Age Worship
We follow the donkey as we process from Shere School to the church for our Palm Sunday service of All Age Worship which begins when we get there (about 11:30am).
Sunday 9th April 2017 at 11:20 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly
 
Commemoration of the Last Supper
For this Service the altar is in the crossing of the church and we receive communion as we stand around it in a circle. The altar is stripped at the end of the service. It leads into Compline which in turn leads into the Vigil.
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 8:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
 
Maundy Thursday - Good Friday Vigil
We recall Jesus' time in the Garden of Gethsemane by having a presence in the church throughout the night until 8am on Good Friday morning. Natural light permitting, the body of church is in almost complete darkness while the shadow of the altar Cross forms a Crown of Thorns on the East wall of the church. People sign up for 1 or more hours and the changeover takes place as the clock strikes the hour. Those contributing find it a verty special time.
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 9:10 PM
 
Ecumenical silent Walk of Witness
The denominations with churches hereabouts unite to walk from the Coptic Church in Gomshall (formerly 'Our Lady of the Angels') to Shere Pound. We may remain silent as we gather beforehand as prayers may be being offered inside the church. The walk is led by the Cross and we stop for acts of worship twice en-route and finish with an act of worship in Shere Pound. Suitable for older children
Friday 14th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
 
Service of Light
In an unlit church the new Pascal Candle is lit from the new fire on Easter Eve and from this we all light our individual candles. We renew our Baptismal vows.
Saturday 15th April 2017 at 8:00 PM for 35 minutes
Family Friendly
 
EASTER DAY All Age Communion
We celebrate Christ's Resurrection with a celebratory Communion service for all ages. A similar service takes place in Peaslake. Earlier there are 8am services of Holy Communion (BCP based) in both Shere and Peaslake.
Sunday 16th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Family Friendly Common Worship
 
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Sunday

SERVICES
This listing and the Calendar show only our NORMAL pattern of worship for SHERE only and DO NOT SHOW when, for example, Sunday Evening Prayer is replaced by something else or when a Sunday Parish Communion includes a Baptism. Services in Peaslake and planned changes to Sunday services are included in the "Our Services in ... " and late changes & changes to weekday Morning & Evening Prayer in "Weekly Notes for ..." both under 'News' to the right. Additional services for Festivals etc. are shown under the "Special Events" tab. To check on anything please phone 01483 202394 or 203352. The next line doesn't mean anything but it has to go in to put this at the top!
Every first Sunday at 12:01 AM
Holy Communion
Based on the Book of Common Prayer. If you're unfamiliar with the layout of the BCP there's an extract in booklet form to follow. We use the Common Worship Collect & Lectionary readings. If there's no 8am service in Shere there's one in Peaslake.
Every first and third Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
5th Sunday Holy Communion
To find out where it is see 'Pages & Links' to the right
Every fifth Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
2nd Sunday Parish Communion
Common Worship (sung). On the second Sunday of the month Sunday Explorers [Sunday School] in the village school and join us as we receive Communion.
Every second Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Refreshments Common Worship
4th Sunday Parish Communion
Common Worship (sung). There are Orders of Service to follow. The liturgy changes with the church's seasons. From time to time we have a Parish Communion with Baptism in a Family Friendly service. If there's no 10am service in Shere, there's one in Peaslake.
Every fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Refreshments Common Worship
5th Sunday 10am Service
To find out where it is see 'Pages & Links' to the right
Every fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Service
Songs, prayers (which are often said by children), Bible reading and/or talk or drama specifically designed for children & their families.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:30 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly
Family-Feast@Four-Thirty
A service for families that's very different. There's games to play, crafts, games etc, worship & lots of food! The timings given are the usual but it has to change from time to time so do check by looking at our services for the month.
Every fourth Sunday at 4:30 PM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Book of Common Prayer (said). If you're unfamiliar with the layout of the Book of Common Prayer there's an extract in booklet form to follow.
Every Sunday at 6:30 PM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
First Sunday Unevensong
Expect only the Unexpected. An opportunity to experience those forms of worship, prayer and praise that are not a constant in our cycle of services.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour

Monday

Morning Prayer
Common Worship said. Usually Monday to Thursday (EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS). Exceptions, which are rare, are given in the Weekly Notes.
Every Monday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
'Little Fishes'
With among other things bells, rattles and drums, this is a weekly service especially for mothers, fathers, carers, babies and toddlers. Lasting 30 minutes there are Bible related stories, children's prayers and music followed by coffee. How long you stay is up to you! There's a break for Christmas, Easter, Bank Holidays and the summer holidays. The Weekly Notes always show it along with other weekday services.
Every Monday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments

Tuesday

Morning Prayer
Common Worship said. Usually Monday to Thursday (EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS). Exceptions, which are rare, are given in the Weekly Notes.
Every Tuesday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship

Wednesday

Morning Prayer
Common Worship said. Usually Monday to Thursday (EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS). Exceptions, which are rare, are given in the Weekly Notes.
Every Wednesday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship

Thursday

Morning Prayer
Common Worship said. Usually Monday to Thursday (EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS). Exceptions, which are rare, are given in the Weekly Notes.
Every Thursday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
'Prayers at 9'
A quiet half hour of prayer and meditation, usually on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month except in August.
Every second and fourth Thursday at 9:00 AM for ½ hour
Communion
We use both the Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship liturgies. Whichever is being used, we use the Common Worship Collect and Lectionary at all these services and there are large print copies of the Liturgy. Those whose names are in the Book of Remembrance in Shere for a particular month are remembered on the last Thursday of that month.
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer Common Worship
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Palm Sunday Procession & All Age Worship
We follow the donkey as we process from Shere School to the church for our Palm Sunday service of All Age Worship which begins when we get there (about 11:30am).
Sunday 9th April 2017 at 11:20 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly
Commemoration of the Last Supper
For this Service the altar is in the crossing of the church and we receive communion as we stand around it in a circle. The altar is stripped at the end of the service. It leads into Compline which in turn leads into the Vigil.
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 8:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Maundy Thursday - Good Friday Vigil
We recall Jesus' time in the Garden of Gethsemane by having a presence in the church throughout the night until 8am on Good Friday morning. Natural light permitting, the body of church is in almost complete darkness while the shadow of the altar Cross forms a Crown of Thorns on the East wall of the church. People sign up for 1 or more hours and the changeover takes place as the clock strikes the hour. Those contributing find it a verty special time.
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 9:10 PM
Ecumenical silent Walk of Witness
The denominations with churches hereabouts unite to walk from the Coptic Church in Gomshall (formerly 'Our Lady of the Angels') to Shere Pound. We may remain silent as we gather beforehand as prayers may be being offered inside the church. The walk is led by the Cross and we stop for acts of worship twice en-route and finish with an act of worship in Shere Pound. Suitable for older children
Friday 14th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Service of Light
In an unlit church the new Pascal Candle is lit from the new fire on Easter Eve and from this we all light our individual candles. We renew our Baptismal vows.
Saturday 15th April 2017 at 8:00 PM for 35 minutes
Family Friendly
EASTER DAY All Age Communion
We celebrate Christ's Resurrection with a celebratory Communion service for all ages. A similar service takes place in Peaslake. Earlier there are 8am services of Holy Communion (BCP based) in both Shere and Peaslake.
Sunday 16th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Family Friendly Common Worship

Features


Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
Organ

 
     
Guided Tours Guidebooks
Church Open On weekdays it opens for the 8am morning service and closes at about 6pm or earlier if its dark. On Saturdays it opens at about 8:30am for cleaning and closes at about 4pm. On Sundays it opens for the first service of the day and closes after the evening service. If there is no evening Service, it closes at about 5:30pm. On Bank Holidays it opens at about 8:30am and closes at about 6pm.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7970
Built: 1190
Our Patron: For Shere, The Lord of the Manor; for Chilworth the Bishop and for Albury the Trustees of the Duke of Northumberland's estate - Jointly
Archdeaconry: SURREY (171)
Deanery: CRANLEIGH (17102)
Benefice: Shere, Albury and Chilworth (17/116BX)
Parish Legal Name: Shere (170033 )
CofE Church Info: (617033 17/33)
Short URL: acny.uk/7970/
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Shere: St James : The Square, Shere, Surrey, GU5 9HG - In the centre of the village, opposite the White Horse pub.