May they all be one... so that the world may believe" John 17:21

The aims of Shire & Soke are to seek and promote Christian Unity and to encourage and support ecumenical activity in Northamptonshire and Peterborough.

The members of Shire & Soke are The church leaders and their representatives from the mainstream denominations.

Shire and Soke is the Intermediate Body between the national Churches Together in England and local Churches Together groups.

The name of Shire and Soke comes from: the Shire of Northampton and the Soke of Peterborough.

Coming Events


Full calendar of events in Peterborough at https://acrosspeterborough.org.uk/news/


Full list of events for Northants at: http://churches-together-northampton.org.uk/

Latest news

World Day of Prayer

- by Jill Johnson

6th March 2020

Women, men and children of all ages are called to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' to join this day of prayer.

The women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year's service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years.
They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world before finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later.
For further information and resources, together with details
of services in your area see website: www.wwdp.org.uk/services/

For details of services in the Peterborough area, download the poster here


Cinnamon Training

- by Jill Johnson

Dear Church Leader
As part of our programme of activities for the Humber-to-the-Wash Connection of Ground Level we are partnering with the Cinnamon Network and CTAL to deliver 2 Training events. The first will be in March and the second in October and the topics are:-
• Creating Connection Training
• Volunteer Leadership Training

Download details and Programmes here


Hope 4 Peterborough

- by Jill Johnson



'Hope4Peterborough is a group of Christian people, from different churches and denominations in the city of Peterborough, who have a vision and passion that all people might hear about and come to know Jesus Christ.

We have a heart and passion for the city of Peterborough and all its people. To pray for God’s purposes to be fulfilled and to encourage the servant ministries and chaplaincies that is currently provided by Christians in the city.


Hope Prayer Wall

- by Jill Johnson

The HOPE prayer wall is coming to Peterborough Cathedral

Friday 7 February

A unique prayer wall made up of the letters HOPE will shortly be on display in the Cathedral.

The seven foot high structure will be situated in the North Transept from Tuesday 18th February to Wednesday 4th March. Prayer cards will also available to write prayers on and add to the prayer wall.

The HOPE prayer wall was previously on display in Durham Cathedral last November, where 10,000 people prayed using the special Hope Spaces prayer cards.

The wall is the brain child of HOPE Together and 24-7 Prayer, who are working together to encourage cathedrals and churches to set up Hope Spaces in 2020. Hope Spaces are creative, public prayer spaces where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience God through talking and listening to him in prayer. Those interested in setting up a Hope Space can email hopespaces@24-7prayer.com for a free 'How to Run a Hope Space' resource.


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