Mortimer Benefice

The Benefice Office is closed. For urgent matters, please telephone The Vicar, Fr. Paul Chaplin - 01189 331 718. For non-urgent matters, please telephone 01189 333 704 and leave a message or send an email to and we will respond as soon as possible.


St. Mary and St. John, Mortimer: Ms Sarah Theaker – 07816 814868 and

Dr Gwen Adshead – 01189 333902

St. John the Baptist, Padworth: Mr Roger Jones – 01189 333136 and Mrs Elizabeth Porter – 01189 713136

St. Saviour, Mortimer West End: Dr Gwen Adshead 01189 333902

At the time of Coronavirus the Church's ministry here continues daily and online and over the telephone - whilst our church buildings must remain closed.

Welcome to Join in Stratfield Mortimer, Mortimer West End and Padworth

Online Morning and Night Prayer

9 am & 9 pm

The invitation to us to join in Morning and Night prayer is an invitation to make a 'sacred’ space and time in our day

to pause to reflect and pray together with the help and guidance of scripture.

Paul Chaplin


The Benefice is live-streaming services via Zoom.

Morning Prayer at 9 am Monday to Friday- the Zoom link is

Night Prayer at 9 pm Monday to Friday - the Zoom link is

Sunday Eucharist at 10 am each Sunday - the Zoom link is


If you would like to see a priest in complete confidence telephone the Vicar, Fr. Paul Chaplin – 01189 331718

To be kept informed of services and events around the benefice, please complete the form to be found at the following link. Please complete this form.

Weekly Newsletter

If you would like to receive the weekly newsletter, please let the office know -

View the latest weekly newsletter below.

Weekly Newsletter 31st May to 7th June 2020

The Sunday Link 31st May 2020


Growing in faith together as a family with children at this time

During this time of the Coronavirus many children are at home throughout the week with parents / carers. Let’s try to use this as a time to grow in faith, hope and love and in prayer and fellowship as a family. Here are 5 tips for growing in faith together as a family:
  1. Keep a regular routine of prayer for your children. Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly e.g. eating together, going to bed or washing your hands!  Or light a candle and pray together. This could include praying the same family prayer at the same time every day - it’s completely up to you!
  2. Read a bible story to your children at bed-time or watch one online with them during the day.
  3. In the present situation it can be difficult adjusting to not seeing family and friends in person, however, you can still pray for them together daily.  Why not send them a message (via email or post) or call them to let them know that you are thinking and praying for them at a certain time?
  4. Choose one of the family Fun prayer ideas and perhaps choose an activity a day to do as a family - Bright prayer ideas for families at home!
  5. Listen to a podcast together. For example, you can click here to listen to our Family Prayer Adventure podcasts from last year -


Thy Kingdom Come - join the global wave of prayer

Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 21st - May 31st 2020.  For more information and resources go to 


Update from our link diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, South Africa

The Stratfield Mortimer Benefice Altar Server’s Lent Mission has for many years raised money for children and young people in need in our link Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman.  

In 1993, the Diocese of Oxford and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in South Africa formed a partnership link which continues to the present day.  The funds from the Lent Mission are used as part of the support for the ‘Hope for the Living Project’ in Roodepan.  This project offers vulnerable children and young people food and support with learning and enrichment activities.  

The Diocese of Oxford’s World Development Advisor, Maranda St John Nicolle, provides updates of the work and support which can be viewed at on the blog page: Kimberley and Kuruman.


VE Day 75

A prayer for VE Day
From the Act of Commitment for Peace

Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.


Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola

Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.