St. Nicholas Ibstone
Forthcoming Services -
Sun 1st 11am Family Communion for Easter Day
Sun 8th NO SERVICE
Sun 15th 11am Holy Communion led by the Archdeacon of Buckingham
Sun 22nd NO SERVICE
Sun 29th 11am Lay led Short Service followed by APCMs
Sun 6th 11am Holy Communion
Sun 13th NO SERVICE
Sun 20th 11am Holy Communion
Sun 27th NO SERVICE
Sun 3rd 11am Holy Communion
Sun 10th NO SERVICE
There has been a parish church at Ibstone for over a thousand years – at least as long as the great yew tree at its north west corner. It is probable that there was a church here even in Saxon times (c. 800), although the present building is mainly Norman (c. 1200).
The doorway is from the 12th century, as is the plain window in the west wall and the font, but the porch was built in the 19th century, as was the gallery. The chancel was built in the 13th century The carved oak pulpit, dating from 15th century may be one of the first pulpits in the country – prior to this, preachers stood on the chancel steps.
Standing in its peaceful and spacious churchyard, it is easy to see why our forefathers chose this spot. At the southern end of the Chiltern Hills, but still some 600 feet above sea level and set on a south west slope of pure chalk, it looks over the woods and valleys of Turville and Hambleden. In the corner of the churchyard by the gate is a stone coffin from the adjoining field
Today, we are a village church with strong links to our village C-of-E school. We are a haven for walkers who pass through in great numbers and visit the building.
Also, we are a family church - which means we try to be a church for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
And we are an Anglican church - which means that all our church structures and services come from that great tradition that started in the 16th Century.
The parish is in a vacancy situation
To contact the Churchwarden, Veronica Murray, please phone on 01491 638268
or the Deputy Churchwarden, Jenny Davis on 01491 638245
St Nicholas Church is part of the Benefice of Stokenchurch with Ibstone, is in the Diocese of Oxford and in the South Chiltern Group of Churches with Lane End and Cadmore End. This will soon become a Team Ministry of the four churches.
St Nicholas sits within the Parish of Ibstone. For more information about the village see the Ibstone Parish Council Website
From opposite Ibstone C of E School head down 'Ashfield Barn Lane' . Don't take the sharp left turn downhill, but carry straight ahead. There is parking in front of the church for 3-4 cars and a large area for parking beside the church.