Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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Christians Working Together In Shanklin


Seven local churches are working together to create a united witness in the community.  This formal arrangement was launched in January 2002 though the churches and leaders have been worshiping and working together for many years.

There is also a network of Churches on the Island, Wight Churches, with a website and information service, which serves the whole Christian community on the Isle of Wight.

Latest News

Evening Worship Informal Shared Worship has moved to the bandstand at Rylstone Gardens for the summer season starting at 19:30 each Sunday – each Sunday until 26th August.

Please make a special effort to come along

Afternoon Tea in St Paul’s Vicarage Garden

Saturday 4th August 15:00-17:00 - Free Community Event!

A most important and encouraging feature of church life in Shanklin is that the churches meet regularly throughout the year, either indoors or out, and for special festivals to worship and be a united witness of God’s love in the town. The arrival in recent months of Rev Mark Williams, Vicar at St. Pauls and Father David Lawrence-March and Rev Corinne Smith at St Saviour-on-the-Cliff has further strengthened the commitment to CWTiS in a meaningful way.

Mark Williams has made great strides in taming the vicarage garden in Regent Street!   Furthermore he has offered to open the garden to the churches and the whole community for a special event.

The vicarage garden with its central position makes it an ideal place to have what we hope will be the first of many community events for the people of Shanklin.

The first event will take place in carnival week and be featured in the carnival programme. This is the day of the illuminated procession and also day 1 of 100 days of prayer leading up to the 100th Armistice Day in November.   There will be a prayer tree and prayer tent, play area for children and plenty of room to welcome everyone in.

This is an ambitious project and we need your help please!

  • Setting up at 10:00 on the day – tables, chairs, gazebos, everything!

  • Cakes please!   We are expecting a lot of people.

  • Welcomers

  • A Prayer ministry team

  • Tea servers

  • Publicity and signage

Offers of help and any questions should be directed to: Norman and Karen Cave (866248)

Events and Activities

Informal Shared Worship

During the 'winter' season, September to May, at 19:00 most of the churches in Shanklin hold an informal worship, with each of the participating churches taking it in turns to host the service.

All are most welcome to join in these meetings where there is a growing depth of fellowship and prayer.

Rylstone Gardens Open Air Praise

From the penultimate Sunday in May until the last one in August, at 19:30, we have Praise and Worship in the open air every week on Sunday evening in Rylstone Gardens - a lovely inspiring setting for Christian worship.

Photos from this year's 'opening night' (click on the pictures for a larger version)

The season of open air praise services starts each year on Pentecost Sunday and runs through to the end of August. Different groups take it in turns to lead the meetings and always attracts a good number of holiday visitors - if the weather isn't fair then we resort to meeting in one of Shanklin's Churches.

For details of where Rylstone Gardens are, see How To Find Us.


The Churches of Shanklin in recent years have joined together for three events at Easter.

- Lent meetings on a Tuesday lunchtime.

-  A Procession of Witness on Good Friday


- An Easter Sunday sunrise service on Hope Beach at around 06:00, depending when Easter is (see the pictures below from previous year's services).

Click on the pictures for a larger version

Alpha Course - 'Explore the meaning of Life'

Alpha courses are held periodically

This is a great means of introducing people to basic Christian beliefs.

Details from Brian Harley

Page Last Updated 28 May 2018

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