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A message about the diocesan bookshop

After much prayerful consideration, the very difficult decision has been taken to close the diocesan bookshop on 2 August 2021. 

The bookshop has been a key feature in our diocese for many years and has been the go to place for many loyal customers.

Unfortunately, as a consequence of the changing nature of the book trade and the financial challenges facing the diocese, it is no longer feasible to keep it open. 

We give thanks for the role the bookshop has served over the years, and for all those who have worked there, particularly the current team.

We are also thank those who have been loyal customers.

The bookshop will close on 2 August. Orders placed before now will be fulfilled and we will continue to fulfil orders for items that are in stock until 2 August. To find out whether an item is in stock and available please contact the bookshop, using the details below.


Contacting the bookshop

The bookshop is contactable by email - and telephone – 01245 294405.

The Diocesan Office remains closed to visitors at this time. However, Bookshop collections can be arranged by appointment only from the front of 53 New Street and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

There is also the option of orders being delivered by Royal Mail or courier.

Please do telephone or email for further information.

We thank you for your loyal custom and hope you are well and staying safe. 

We stock a range of:

  • Bibles
  • Books with a spiritual theme
  • Prayer books
  • Children’s books
  • School resources
  • Cards and Prints
  • Journals and Devotionals
  • Bible Reading Notes
  • Christian Gifts
  • Church administration supplies - registers, candles, altar breads, certificates etc.


"Saying Yes to Life" Ruth Valerio £6.99 (RRP £9.99)

Saying Yes to Life lifts our focus from natural, everyday concerns to issues that are having an impact on millions of lives around the world. As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what he has created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Foundational to Saying Yes to Life is what it means to be human and, in particular, to be a follower of Jesus. Voices from around the world are heard throughout, and each chapter ends with discussion questions and a prayer to aid action and contemplation.

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2, The Earth Cries Glory Stephen Shakespeare

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4. Wild Worship Rachel Summers

5 L is for Lifestyle Ruth Valerio

6 Seeing Differently Franciscians and Creation Br Samuel ssf

7.Climate Crisis David Rhodes

8.Soulful Nature Brian Draper

9.This Susan Sayers

10 Saying Yes to Life Ruth Valerio

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Green Reflections £7.99 (RRP £8.99)

How should we look after the world we inhabit? Martin and Margot Hodson bring together scientific and theological wisdom to offer 62 reflections inspired by passages from the Bible in a thoughtful exploration that encourages both reflection and response. Themes include The Wisdom of Trees, Landscapes of Promise and Sharing Resources.


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