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

Baptism and Confirmation

At Baptism we become members of that part of God’s family which Christians call the family of the Church. Baptism has been described as the door we open to begin a new life in Christ. It is for adults and for children.

Parents and Godparents who present their children for Baptism are entrusted to pass on to them their faith in Christ and at the appropriate time, to encourage them to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

FOR INFANTS.  If you would like to explore Baptism for your child please contact the Vicar. Baptisms usually take place within the Eucharist or at 11.45 a.m. on Sundays. We offer pre-baptism preparation sessions and a meeting with one of the parish priests provides the opportunity to talk through the issues involved and look at the order of service. Follow-up visits, to encourage and support the new Church members and their families, are offered by our team of Baptism Visitors.

THE PROMISE GODPARENTS MAKE. At Baptism the Church family is represented by Godparents. ‘Godparent’ is not an honorary title, but a job description. Godparents are, with the Parents or Guardians of our children, their guide at the beginning of the journey of Christian life. Godparents should come to see the need for their own Baptism commitment to deepen and for their love for God and neighbour to become ever more generous.

RENEWING OUR PROMISE AS PARENTS AND GODPARENTS At the Baptism of our children we, as Parents and Godparents, publicly profess our faith, and promise to bring our children up in the practice of the faith. This undertaking requires us to teach our children to pray and to know and love Jesus Christ and to join in Eucharistic worship on Sundays. Families and friends, whether Christian or not, are very welcome to attend the services. If you are not a Christian you are invited to join in the prayers and responses only in so far as you feel able.

BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION  If you think you may be interested in finding out more about Baptism and Confirmation for Christian life please contact the Vicar. There are regular Confirmation Programmes for both young people and adults, culminating in the Sacrament of Confirmation.