"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.

Latest news

Hope into Action are recruiting

- by Jill Johnson

We are recruiting:Partner Development Administrator Based in Peterborough.

Hope into Action is a rapidly growing organisation that enables churches to home the vulnerable / homeless. We opened our first house 7 years ago and are now running over 50 homes in many locations including Peterborough, Cambridge, Nottingham, Norwich,Wolverhampton, Ipswich and others. Each house is in partnership with a local church and supports 2-3 adults (homeless, vulnerable etc.)
We are looking for a highly organised individual and someone who is able to work 30-40 hours per week, has experience and expertise in administration, is able pick-up a wide variety of issues and communicate clearly and concisely by phone and e-mail. You would be the key point of contact for external and enquiries and be able to administer events and training.

More information about the organization, role and application process maybe found on

Please e-mail application forms to:
Closing Date: 28th February 2018
Assessment day: tbc
Salary c£19,000-21,500 per annum pro rata

CTE is seeking to appoint a General Secretary

- by Jill Johnson

General Secretary (lay or ordained)

Churches Together in England

  • Full time/Flexible over 5/6 days per week incl. weekends/evenings, travel etc.
  • Salary range £51,641 - £54,650 pa (dependent on experience) plus homeworking allowance.
  • Home based, accessible to London

Due to the impending retirement of the current post holder, Churches Together in England (CTE) is seeking an able and inspiring General Secretary to establish and maintain vision and provide leadership within CTE, whilst promoting the unity and mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Full details here (WORD)


Donate to Peterborough's Winter Night Shelter

- by Jill Johnson

This seasons Winter Night Shelter will run from 11th December 2017 until 11th March 2018 - this includes the whole of the Christmas and New Year period.

'This winter we are housing up to 8 homeless guests each night from 11th December until 11th March 2018. We provide a hot meal, a warm safe bed and a hearty breakfast. Every guest is shown love and respect and is offered individual support to help them move off the streets. Last winter was the second year of the project; since starting we have helped over 100...'

Donate here: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/pwns1718/441773

Read about the Light Project in Peterborough


Peterborough Theological Society Programme 2017-2018

- by Jill Johnson

An ecumenical society, open to all.
President: Rev’d. Canon Jonathan Baker.

Download the Programme for 2017-2018 (pdf)


CTE 2016 Review of the Year

- by Jill Johnson

Download here (pdf)


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