Church of England Diocese of Chichester Shipley

St Mary the Virgin

2021 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE (20th September 2021):

We are once again holding 10am Sunday Services each week and 8am Said Eucharist on every 3rd Sunday of the month, all are welcome, no need to book. While seated you will not be required to wear a mask and congregational singing is taking place once more, we do ask that you wear a mask while moving about the Church.

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).

While we are coming out of isolation 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."

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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

12 Aug 2021, midnight