Shirwell Mission Community

Shirwell Church

Shirwell Church is a Grade 1 listed building dating from the 13th century. Parts which survive from this time include the tower, chancel arch, parts of the chancel, and the priest's door to the vestry. Records show how the building has evolved down the centuries as it has met the needs of is community and worshipping congregation. These range from the Norman font to catering facilities.  The attractive and well cared for building seeks to serve the community by being a welcoming and practical space as well as an oasis of calm and peace for those needing time apart from a busy world.

The south aisle of the church has been cleared of pews, which leads the eye to the open belfry, where the six ells are rung regularly as part of worship every week. The space crated by the removal of pews, together with some open space at the front of the nave lows for flexibility of worship. The provision of chairs means that areas can be used for different purposes as appropriate. Cupboards at the back of the south aisle, designed to be in keeping with the architecture of the building, contain facilities for serving coffee and refreshments, as well as general storage. Care has been taken to ensure that the traditional charm of a country church has been retained whilst making the changes.

As is often the case in rural churches, St Peter's Church family caters for people from a range of Anglican backgrounds, as well as from a Non-Conformist background. Until recent years Shirwell Methodist Church was very much a part of village live. A Covenant linked them with St. Peter's. Following the closure of the Chapel the congregation of St Peter's has been enriched by the inclusion of many of those Methodists.

The weekly services, held at 9:30am, comprise two Communion services and Morning Worship from Common Worship, and one informal service. The Churches of the Mission Community gather together for shared worship whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month, and on other significant occasions.

St Peter's has an enthusiastic team of bellringers, led by an experienced Captain. The bells are rung every Sunday before the morning service, for 'high days and holidays' and are much in demand for weddings. The team practices every Wednesday, and actively seek new members. This has drawn new folk into the church, and it is especially encouraging that young people come along to learn on a regular basis.