Shiplake: St Peter & St Paul, Shiplake

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Shiplake Church is an ancient church dating from 1229 and the Church where Alfred, Lord Tennyson married the Vicar's relative in 1850. It sits overlooking the Thames on a chalk escarpment, a mere 90 second walk from the Thames Path and is one of the churches included within the Oxford Diocese Thameside Pilgrim Way to be inaugurated in 2013.

The Church offers a blended mix of traditional and contemporary worship ranging from BCP Holy Communion, Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong to informal All-Age Services and Family Communion, usuing the latest eucharistic prayers for families and children. It has a growing Sunday Club that meets 3 weeks out of 4.  We have a robed choir that supports our Sung Eucharist servcies and an informal Worship Band playing at our more contemporary worship services.

Shiplake Church regularly runs Alpha Courses and will shortly supplement these with the well-known Marriage Course and Parenting Courses.  In 2012 +John Pritchard formally opened an oak framed building adajcent to the Church ('The Ark') which is used by our Sunday Club and for other church related meetings and events.


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Revd Robert S Thewsey
The Rectory
Church Lane
0118 940 3484 (Rector's Study) or 0118 940 6098 (Benefice Office)

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An informal service for all ages where our worship is led by a band, contemporary songs are sung and the talk is appropriate for and includes the children.
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
A family communion, involving children and families as we gather together around the Lord's Table. Children go out to a short Sunday Club before re-joining us when all-age communion liturgies bring us, as God's family, to share in this special meal.
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Traditional Choral Evensong supported by robed choir. At Shiplake in January, March, May, July & October. At Harpsden in February, April, June, September & November. No service in August & December
Every first Sunday at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer



Wheelchair accessible toilets
Stained Glass

Brass Rubbing
Alpha Courses run regularly
Church Open Church is open most days from 9.00am to dusk
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5984
Style of worship: Open Evangelical
Our Patron: Bishop of Oxford, Dean & Canons of St George's Windsor, Diocesan Board of Patronage
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: HENLEY (27406)
Benefice: Shiplake w Dunsden and Harpsden (27/442AP)
Parish Legal Name: Shiplake with Dunsden (270181 )
CofE Church Info: (627181 27/181)
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This page was last updated on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Shiplake: St Peter & St Paul : Church Lane, Shiplake, Oxfordshire, RG9 4BS

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