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


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.


Sing A New (Easter) Song to the Lord

We cannot gather in our churches to worship God but we can still lift our voices in songs of prayer and praise.

Trumpets herald the arrival of Jesus in ‘May Way, Make Way for Christ the King’ at

‘Jesus our Teacher and our Lord’ is a Last Supper/New Commandment hymn with an easy-to-learn refrain at

Sing ‘When I Think about the Cross’ on Good Friday. with Brereton Primary at

‘See What a Morning’ by Keith and Kristyn Getty reminds us that love wins and Christ has conquered at

‘Easter Jubilation’ is a joyful song by Helen and Mark Johnson. You can listen to a sample at

Read St. John Chrysostom's famous Easter sermon here


How to Make An Ojo de Dios Cross

1. Place two sticks or short branches together to make the frame. 
2. Secure the sticks with a glue dot or double-sided tape. Tie on the wool (the knot will be at the back of the cross). 
3. Hold the cross in one hand and with the other, wrap the wool over and around one arm, then over and around the next, and so on. 
4. Pull the yarn tightly each time and push the yarn down snugly toward the centre.
5. Add a new colour by knotting the two ends of the wool or use multi-coloured wool.
6. Pull/push loose ends to the back with a needle. Add a loop of ribbon or for display.

Good Friday Story, Stations of the Cross and Crafts

Friends, you are invited to journey with Jesus this Holy Week through the Easter Gospel story, children’s Stations of the Cross, hymns, prayers and a range of craft activities. 

Watch ‘The Easter Story – The Beginner’s Bible’ (21 minutes, to ‘Have you heard the news?’) at or ‘The Story of Easter – Jesus’ Sacrifice’ (5 minutes, aimed at juniors) at

Read the gospel accounts of the Easter story in  Matthew 26:17 – 28:8, Mark 14:12 – 16:8, Luke 22:7 – 24:12 and John 13:1 – 20:18.

Reflect on ‘The Way of the Cross’ with four children from the Catholic Christian tradition at (stop at 24 minutes). Why did Jesus have to suffer and die? How does God show love to the world? How can we find hope and joy in these challenging times? Pray the Lord’s Prayer.

Sing ‘Make Way, Make Way’, ‘When I Think About the Cross’, ‘Servant King’ and ‘Easter Jubilation’ (hymn/song sheet on the website).

Make Easter biscuits, complete the Holy Week wordsearch, make an Ojo de Dios cross, create an Easter basket or a bunny box and decorate a Bible text.

Share God’s love, your hope/joy and your crafts with your family at home and your friends and family/community online via Facebook.

God bless,

Fr Paul and the Pastoral Communications Team


A locked church 
Ah my dear Lord, the church is locked
but let my heart be open to your presence;
there let us make, you and I,
your Easter garden;
plant it with flowers,
and let the heavy stone be rolled away.
by Alan Amos