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St Peter's and St Paul's

Shiplake ChurchOur church serves the worshipping needs of a thriving and friendly community, drawn from Shiplake and the surrounding areas. 

All newcomers and visitors are warmly welcome. 


All-Age Family Service
Choral Evensong
Sung Eucharist & Sunday School
Five o'Clock Slot
Family Eucharist
Lay-led Services

Shiplake Sunday Club
for Children

House groups
for small groups of about 8-10 people

Revd Robert S Thewsey
Shiplake and Dunsden with Harpsden cum Bolney
The Rectory, Church Lane, Shiplake, Oxfordshire – 0118 9403484

Times of services and other information are on the Church website

Welcome from New Rector Rev, Robert Thewsey


Can I first of all say a huge thank you for the warmth of your welcome to myself and my family. It has been a real joy to meet you and we have certainly been made to feel extremely welcome. Thank you. I very much look forward to meeting villagers, when I wander around the area, but please do bear with me as I try to start putting names to faces - do remember that you have only four new names to learn whereas we have over a hundred!

May I take this opportunity to ask you all to think about next year – already….and you have only been here a few weeks- I hear you say. I am trying to put together a benefice diary so that everybody within the benefice and our wider communities will know exactly what we are doing, where we are doing it and when we are doing it.

So please let me know by the end of October if you are planning any event during 2017 so that we can include it in the diary. ie when is your fete?, Patronal festival? Harvest Sunday? Remembrance Day events? Any concerts that you are planning, fundraising events etc. etc. This does not mean that we cannot have extra events slotted into the year later on, but then at least you would know if your planned event clashed with something else in the benefice calendar.

If you don’t let me know, then I cannot include it in the diary. I cannot promise to include all the local events - but I will try.

I always seem to struggle with this time of year. The Summer is over, but yet Winter is still not with us. We alternate between lovely sunny days and dull, dank autumnal days. We still can’t put away the summer clothes and switch over to the winter ones, as some days are so warm. A time of change is upon the world and change is never an easy thing to deal with. This is why many of you, I know, are feeling insecure about me coming here among you. – what will I introduce, what might I change?

Change is never easy, but it does give us the opportunity to try something new, and sometimes we can be pleasantly surprised, and other times confirmed in our doubt. However, if you have any ideas about what you would like to see happen around the three churches, then please, please, please let me know. We can then have a discussion and see where your ideas might lead us.

I/we will never be able to please everybody – that is simply impossible, but I will listen and try and hear what you are concerned about, and then try and come to a balance that will enable us to go forward, as we strive to undertake God’s work here in the benefice.

Yours in Christ,


Revd Robert S Thewsey
Shiplake and Dunsden with Harpsden cum Bolney

The Rectory, Church Lane, Shiplake, Oxfordshire – 0118 9403484

Article created / last edited: 16 October 2016