Picture from St Mary’s (Shinfield)

Contact: Mrs Karen Eaves, Benefice Administrator
Benefice Office, St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Shinfield, RG2 9BY

Tel: 0118 988 5923

 

Our Sunday Services

1st Sunday of the month

  • 10.00am Common Worship Holy Communion
  • 6.30pm Evensong

2nd Sunday of the month

  • 8.00am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
  • 10.00am Family Worship
  • 6.30pm Common Worship Holy Communion

3rd Sunday of the month

  • 10.00am Common Worship Holy Communion
  • 6.30pm Evensong (occasionally Songs of Praise)

4th Sunday of the month

  • 8.00am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
  • 10.00am Morning Worship in the Celtic style

5th Sunday of the month

  • 10.30am Benefice service – When there is a fifth Sunday in the month, or for some other occasions, e.g. during Lent, the churches in the Loddon Reach benefice come together for a united benefice service, often with a guest speaker. The venue for this service varies.

Website: www.loddonreach.org.uk

 

Benefice: 
A country area undergoing rapid suburbanization in the northern part.
Part of the Benefice of Loddon Reach.

Vision Statement:
To know Christ and make him known through a caring sustainable and growing Christian presence in our community.

Strengths:

  • A loyal and committed congregation willing to accept change to enable outreach to take place into the growing communities in the parish, particularly around the church.
  • A willingness to develop forms of service and other activities more suitable for a younger age group and unchurched.
  • Mothers and Toddlers
  • Songtime (both feeding into ‘The Tea Service’).
  • YAMS (youth)
  • Active Bible study group
  • Meditation group
  • Holiday club
  • Choir
  • Bell ringers (tower of 6 bells).

Needs:
The strain of staffing a growing number of activities among young families when the base congregation of the church is significantly older. Growing groups which are below viable size or are shrinking.

 

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