Being Church at Home

Here in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham, the ministry team is taking up the Archbishop of Canterbury’s challenge to find new ways of sharing worship now that public church services have been put on hold for the duration of the coronavirus crisis: welcome to Being church at home.

Being church at home, Sunday 29th March
The Revd Dr Ruth Howlett-Shipley, assistant curate, has put together Morning Prayer for Sundays and the Revd Jane Isaac, Rector of Wickham and Vicar of Shedfield, has prepared a Service of the Word for Lent 5/Passion Sunday (see links below), with some thoughts on this morning’s Gospel reading from lay minister Stephen Campion (see link below).

There are plenty of other options available online, including a ‘front room service’ at 9.00am with the Archbishop of York from his home at Bishopsthorpe. You’ll find the link to that, along with other national CofE resources at:

Closer to home, the Bishop of Portsmouth will be leading a Holy Communion service from Bishopsgrove at 8.00am (see this live at, or later at the diocesan website,

Many cathedrals are live-streaming their Sunday worship: you can see Portsmouth Cathedral’s services at

Today’s worship
Today is the fifth Sunday in Lent, also known as Passion Sunday, and it marks the beginning of Passiontide. We use the word ‘passion’ to mean love and energy of course, but it comes originally from a Latin word meaning suffering – so on Passion Sunday we move from watching and waiting with Jesus in the desert towards his journey towards Jerusalem and the cross (which we’ll be remembering next Sunday, Palm Sunday: the beginning of Holy Week).

Service Downloads

Hymn for the Day

The hymns we sang at school and Sunday School are often the hymns that stay our favourites right through our lives – All things bright and beautiful andLord of the Dance are far and away the most popular hymns at weddings and older folk enjoy The Lord’s my shepherd when we sing it in church. Hymns are far too good to save for church!  They often have fantastic tunes and great words that can say in a few verses what the longest and most finely-crafted sermon never manages to say so well. And it’s good to sing, sometimes especially good when you can really give all you’ve got without worrying about anyone else listening to you or whether or not you know the words!  That’s why I’m encouraging you to have a look at the Royal School of Church Music’s Hymn for the Day webpage  by clicking on the button.  The RSCM does fantastic work in supporting church musicians, organists and choirs, but Hymn for the Day is for everyone.  There’s a backing track and the words of the day’s hymn: have a go today! Revd Jane.