Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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You'll find our small Christian Bookshop is located next to the church in Shanklin, High Street

Opening Hours Monday - Friday (and some Saturdays): 10:00 - 13:00

Our bookshop has a selection of Bibles and books, a wide range of greetings cards (most of which include a scripture verse), CDs and some small gifts.

We also have a range of 'previously owned' Christian books for sale.

If you find that we don't have what you want in stock, we may be able to order it for you.

You'll find a warm welcome from one of our team of volunteers


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Christmas is fast approaching. We always think that sending Christmas cards is a good way for us to keep in touch with people especially if those people don’t live nearby and we can’t easily visit them. Nearly all of the Christmas cards available from the bookshop this year are from The Leprosy Mission and each card contains a Bible verse as well as a Christmas greeting.

The popular Gospel Gem wall calendars are in stock again this year. This calendar for 2018 has a different picture for each month and a different Bible verse for every day of the year. The January picture is quite appropriate for the Isle-of-Wight - it features a red squirrel ! (99p)

Bookmarks are quite popular gift items. As well as a selection of colourful card bookmarks (50p each) the bookshop also stocks a Leprosy Mission pack of four magnetic bookmarks. These bookmarks have a fold-over design using magnets to keep your place. Each of the four bookmarks has a different colourful design and each side of the individual bookmarks has different wording eg With God all things are possible and Prayer changes things. (£3.99 for a pack of four bookmarks)

A new gift item from The Leprosy Mission this year is a magnetic backed notepad useful for reminders and to do lists. It comes with a pencil and has some artwork by Eddie Askew and costs £3.99.

The Leprosy Mission has added new titles to its range of attractive hardback gift books this year. One of the new titles is ‘Blessings from the Psalms’. This collection of verses from the Psalms, combined with photographs of God’s creation, aims to remind the reader that God created us, loves us and cares for us. (£5.00)

On a couple of Sundays recently Brian has been encouraging us to read our Bibles on a regular basis. There are several ways to approach this and different people find different ways suit them.

One approach is to use a one year devotional book. One such book is ’Light for the path’ which is an Every Day With Jesus publication containing undated daily readings, comments and prayers with suggested further reading covering six themes:

¨ The uniqueness of our faith

¨ The search for meaning

¨ The twenty-third psalm

¨ The Spirit-filled life

¨ Strong at the broken places

¨ Going deeper with God

This pocket sized paperback costs £6.99

Some people prefer not to use a publication of specified daily readings but are not quite sure how to approach reading the Bible. A book with helpful guidance is ‘How to enjoy reading your Bible’ by Keith Ferrin. On his website ( ) Keith Ferrin describes himself as a husband, father, author, speaker, blogger and biblical storyteller. He lives in America and has lived in several places there. After college he was a youth and worship pastor for six years. He enjoys writing, movies, hiking, baseball, coffee and ice cream. He loves seeing people realize the Bible isn’t boring.

In the introduction to this book he says, “I didn’t always enjoy the Bible. Not that I disliked it. I didn’t even think about enjoying it…..I spent the first twenty years I was a Christian believing that the Bible was true. Still do. Believing the Bible was reliable. Still believe that too. But the idea of enjoying it didn’t even enter the conversation.”

He then goes on to recount the experience which changed his view of reading the Bible. In his book he gives lots of practical advice and suggestions to help you focus more easily as you read , remember scripture better and shows how changing your approach to how you read the Bible can change how you feel about it. He shares from his own experiences and also draws on what other people have told him they find helpful. He says in his book “My goal is simple: to help you enjoy the Bible”. (£7.99)

It is planned that the bookshop will be open from 10:00 - 15:00 on Saturday 2nd December (the day of the Shanklin Christmas Festival).

As usual the bookshop will be closed between Christmas and New Year - to give all our volunteers a break and to allow for the annual stocktaking to be carried out.

**** We wish all bookshop customers a blessed Christmas ****

Page Last Updated 21 November 2017

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