St. Edmund's offers a warm welcome as we practice various ways to experience God and the path of faith as it weaves into our different lives. Our Church community has people of all ages and at all stages in their personal journey of faith, from those who have been Christians for years to others who are just asking about who is God and where is he in their lives.
Our aim is to discover God our Father together, and then to discover what it means to grow into a mature, prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that together we can serve our neighbourhood and the wider world.
St. Edmund's looks like a traditional historical place of worship, and it is, but it is also active and enthusiastic to find God in our lives today. We believe in reaching out to be where people are, finding spiritual meaning that is relevant to our lives here and now. Reaching out to families, especially those young families in Shipston, is another way that our work guided by the love of God, is relevant to the lives of those around us. So, what ever your stage of life and faith, we look forward to welcoming you to St. Edmund's, the Parish Church for Shipston on Stour.
Shipston is mentioned first in 1087 appearing as Scepwoeisctune, Sheepwashtown in Domesday Book. During the Middle Ages there was a church on the present site, but though this church was gradually enlarged, acquiring its present tower in the fifteenth century and extending over an area of about two thirds of the present building, the church did not become independent from Tredington until 1717 when its first Rector was appointed. The eighteenth century brought some prosperity to the town, which grew in size, and in 1852 it was decided to build a new larger church, retaining only the ancient tower. The architect G E Street later built the Law Courts in London. A new East window was added in 1880. In 1960 the organ, which dates back to 1828, was moved to the west of the church, allowing a Lady Chapel to be built in the south aisle with another East window added. This is useful for small services. A major refurbishment in 1996 created meeting rooms under the tower.
* Worship God
* Make New Disciples
* Transform Communities
If you are new to the area or a visitor, we hope that you will feel at home here.