Church of England Diocese of Chichester Shipley

St Mary the Virgin

2021 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE (24th April 2021):

We are once again holding 10am Sunday Services and all are welcome, no need to book, however you will need to wear a mask while inside the Church Building and observe social distancing.

Shipley is a large Church and social distancing is possible for up to 90-100 people. We will continue to post recorded video services on this website and please pray for all those who work daily on the front line caring for all those who are ill.

Video Services can be seen by going to

The PCC has also decided to re-open the Church during daylight hours, so if you wish to enter for quite reflection please feel free to do so and you no longer have to book. We only ask that you clean the area you have used (suitable products are made available for your use) and to wear a mask if others are also in the Church.

In these times of isolation, if you feel the need to talk to someone, please do call Rev. Chris on 01403 432813, he would love to speak with you. 

About Us:

St. Mary the Virgin in Shipley, West Sussex is a friendly and very active Church with lots going on all through the year. We are proud of our heritage, being a 12th Century Church we have a lot! but we are not stuck in the past. We have a range of services including Holy Communion, Family Services and Matins and a growing congregation across all age ranges. We have active senior and junior choirs, flower arranging teams, world class bell ringers and our Sunday school meets on the first Sunday of each month. Come and join us, you will be most welcome.


The parish of Shipley: St Mary the Virgin is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. 

You can see our Safeguarding Policies and Contact details on this web site on the Safeguarding page.

The Diocese of Chichester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."

Get in touch

Rev. Chris Allen

The Vicarage, Red Lane, Shipley, West Sussex

Holy Communion

Every Sunday at 10 a.m. for 1hr
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Church Close

A Sung Service of Communion - using Common Worship in Traditional Language

9am, 30th May 2021, Outside the Church Gate

8 May 2021, midnight