St Mary the Virgin

2021 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE (4th January 2022):

We are still holding services at 10am every Sunday, at 10.30am every Wednesday and on every 3rd Sunday of the month at 8am as well, all are welcome, no need to book. 

While seated you will be required to wear a mask, however you may take it off for congregational singing.

More details are on our "Services and Events" page

Social Distancing

Shipley is a large Church and social distancing is possible for up to 90-100 people, so if you are concerned please still come, wear your mask and find a place away from others. The main thing is to be comfortable and enjoy the Service.

The Church is once again open during daylight hours, so if you wish to enter for quite reflection please feel free to do so, we only ask that you clean the area you have used (suitable products are made available for your use).

We all understand that this is still a time of concern and Covid has not gone away, so 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

Please come to either our 8am or 10am Service