Vision and Values

Our aim is to bring the Good News of God's love to everyone in the parish; promoting Christian Fellowship, Teaching and Service.

We want to deepen our understanding of the Bible, grow in faith and hope, help others to know God's love, serve the local church and community, develop mission locally as well as support mission partners further afield.

St Mary’s is a Welcoming Church, and we now want become an Inviting Church:

  • Looking for new and stimulating ways to Invite current members of our church family into a deeper relationship with God.
  • Looking for new and innovative ways to Invite in people of all ages who do not currently worship with us.
  • Looking for new and energising ways to Invite the wider community to engage with us through Parish Events.
  • A varied and accessible pattern of Worship, Prayer and Bible Study in church, the church centre, in people's homes and in residential homes and schools
  • Provision of pastoral care through a committed pastoral team, which includes regular services, visits and bible study in local residential care homes
  • A strong musical tradition and enjoyment of worshipping through music
  • Family work
  • A welcoming and interesting program of social activities
  • Working co-operatively as members of Christians Together in the Newbury Area (CTNA) and the Newbury Deanery
  • Close working relationship with local schools, especially our church school (Shaw cum Donnington Primary School), the Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee and local organisations
To facilitate much of our work, we are committed to looking after the fabric of St Mary's church and the church centre, which provides a well-regarded space for many community activities.
The Church of England is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation.
Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer and the  ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.

Taken from the Preface to the Declaration of Assent, made by all deacons, priests and bishops.
We worship God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We read the Bible to hear what God is saying to us.
Our relationship with Jesus is through prayer
Jesus came to serve, not to be served, so we serve others.


St Mary's Church, Shaw cum Donnington
Church Lane
RG14 2DR

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