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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

Benefice Fellowship


The Fellowship groups meet at The Ark, behind Shiplake Church on a monthly basis. This provides an opportunity to meet people and make friends. It’s a rolling three monthly programme; each event has it’s own name - ‘Boys Brunch’. ‘Light lunch’ and ‘Join the Tea Set'.

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Article created / last edited: 19 October 2018

June Update from the Rectory


Summer is upon us!!!!!!

I am writing this article the week before the ‘Royal Wedding.’ Having a Royal event is a really special occasion and something that can bring communities together in celebration and enjoyment, and it is good and proper that many people will be celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle and I along, with many others, wish them both God’s blessing and health and happiness. Their job must be incredibly hard, being constantly on show, never having a private moment, having your diary arranged for you, being recognised where ever you go, and always moving around from place to place. Megan will certainly have a life style change to contend with.

I can really sympathise with the Royal family over their loss of privacy as some of my role as a Vicar also comes with this – we are never ‘off duty’ even when we are supposed to be as you cannot just turn a switch and say that you are no longer the Vicar, or no longer the Queen, or Prince Harry etc. I get recognised more and more about the area and about I get recognised in all sorts of places, and therefore asked many questions even when I am supposed to be ‘off duty.’ I really, really, do not mind this at all, it is part of what/who I am, it is the role that I think that God has called me for. Several years ago when I was working in Cornwall we went on a family holiday in Wales and I was even recognised when my family and I were having a pub lunch and a local person was holidaying nearby as well.

For the Queen and the other key members of the Royal family this must be a real burden, a burden that becomes more each passing year as our technology develops and media/communication develops at a tremendous pace. In times past the Royals might just have been able to get out of London and have some real time off in some far flung part of the world as they would not have been heard of – or seen on the T.V. Now, I am sure that many, many more people would recognise them.

I just wonder what Jesus will do at the second coming?

How will the media circus be used to promote the Kingdom, to bring people to faith?

We all need to prepare for the second coming by living out our lives as Jesus has taught us in the Bible, but this is incredibly difficult, especially in the modern age where EVERYTHING that we do seems to be recorded by some sort of hidden camera!!!!

Would Jesus use social networking? e-mails? texting? multi-media presentations when illustrating a parable? – the list could go on and on, but what would Jesus Do???? I do not have the answer, but I must admit that I do sometimes wonder. I think that Jesus would use whatever was at hand at the time, whatever got the message out to as many people as possible, and that is why I think that the church itself always needs to be looking at what it is doing, constantly looking at what is available to use, so that we too can speak to as many people as possible about the Risen Lord, and become ourselves ‘true disciples of Christ’. So that we all can be recognised wherever we are as a follower of Christ.

Yours in Christ


Article created / last edited: 29 June 2018