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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How 2 Find Us

A Brief Outline

Our Church

  • Cares for people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Fosters a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.

  • Encourages everyone to be involved and use their gifts and talents for God both in the church and in the community.

  • Worships in an informal and often lively style, centred on the Bible.

  • Seeks to be outward looking
    - to make Jesus better known.
    - to make Shanklin a better place.
    - to work for justice and peace in the world.

Our Background

  • We have been in the heart of Shanklin since 1841.

  • We used to be known as the Congregational Church.

  • Read an extract from the Congregational Year book of 1882.

  • We became part of the United Reformed Church on its formation in 1972.

  • We praise God for our heritage which has left us with a lovely building in a strategic position, but our priority is being the church of today.

  • We work in partnership with other Christians in the town and on the Island.

  • We are a member of the Evangelical Alliance.


Evangelical Alliance's Basis of Faith

The Basis of Faith
(revised in 2005

We believe in...

1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God - fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ - born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers - given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

Lord Teach Us To Pray

If you ever feel totally inadequate for the task, when faced with the great needs, both in our own nation and throughout the world  - a resource which is very helpful is the Care Prayer Diary.

If you are unfamiliar with the work of CARE (standing for Christian Action, Research & Education), their calling is to be ‘Making A Difference For The Sake Of The Future’.


Equips individual Christians in the local church.

Impacts the political world.

Provides briefings for parliamentarians.

Trains Christian graduates through the leadership programme

Supports the vulnerable through caring initiatives.

The Prayer Diary is published quarterly and covers such subjects as Education, Marriage, Relationships, Exploitation & Children, Issues in Politics, Society & Culture and the Church’s Mission to name but a few.

Copies of the Care Prayer Booklet are available at the back of church or alternatively at

If you would like further information about the work of Care, please visit

In the words of A W Pink: “Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord.”

Psalm 46 - For The 21st Century

'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help when

World economies are shaking
Banks are struggling
Pensions funds are failing
House sales are falling
Inflation is rising
Share prices are dropping, and
Unemployment is increasing.

Be still and know that He is God.
He will be exalted among the nations,
He will be exalted in the earth

"How many of us cry ‘Hosanna’ to Jesus on Sunday and betray him on Monday" - Rev Howard Cunnington

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