St Edmund's is the parish church in the market town of Shipston.
We are church that offers a warm welcome to people of all backgrounds, at all stages of their faith journey. Some of us have been Christians for many years, others would not call themselves Christians. We offer space to worship, to explore the Christian faith and to ask questions. Services are relaxed and friendly, and there is a children's area for young children.
There is a monthly Prayer and a Pint evening and midweek groups meet in people's homes. Our quiet midweek Eucharist is also a good place to get to know people. Both that and our Sunday morning services have refreshments afterwards and a chance to pray with someone if that is what you would like.
As the parish church, St Edmund's has strong links with the community and provides space for civic celebrations and services. We work closely with our sister churches from other denominations in the town.
We enjoy welcoming families for christenings and weddings - for further details, please get in touch.
We are pleased to be listed on the OneBodyOneFaith list of Visible Congregations - communities of faithful Christians where all people, regardless of their sexuality or gender, can find a warm welcome, a place to belong and to believe, to worship and to pray. We regret that it is not yet possible for us to marry gay and lesbian couples in this Church but welcome the opportunity to celebrate all marriages with appropriate prayers and blessings. Following Bishops' Guidance we also offer services of dedication and thanksgiving for the life and identity of transgender people. All are welcome here.
St Edmund's PCC takes safeguarding seriously and has adopted the Diocese of Coventry and national Church of England Safeguarding policy. Full details of the policy and organisations who can help are displayed in the church and more information is on http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/Safeguarding. The policy can also be found at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/images/document_library/UDR02228.pdf
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to another person, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services of the Police without delay.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Marion Jones, who can be contacted on 01608 665986
The number of the Coventry Diocesan Safeguarding Team is 024 7652 1345, and this is a 24 hour number. The Diocesan Safeguarding Officer is Carol Clarke.
Warwickshire Local Care Team can be contacted on 01926 886 922
In an emergency, if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm, please remove yourself from any danger, then immediately contact the emergency services by calling 999.