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I've ordered a book online - where is it?

Orders placed on this website are sent by either Church House Bookshop in London or by Norwich Books and Music. If a book is in stock it will be dispatched within 1-2 working days. For items not in stock please allow up to 10 working days. Print on demand books will take 1-3 working weeks to arrive.

Parcels up to 2kg are normally sent by Royal Mail First Class. Larger parcels are sent via FedEx and should arrive within 1-2 working days.

Mainland Europe
Most parcels are sent by regular Airmail. Please allow at least 2-5 working days.

Most parcels are sent by regular Airmail. Please allow 3-4 working weeks.


If you would like to check on the progress of your order, please contact us at:

Tel: 020 7799 4064

Email: bookshop@chbookshop.co.uk

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Can I pay by cheque?

The quickest way to place your order is on our website, using a credit or debit card.

Should you prefer to pay by cheque, you will need to place your order via the post. Simply send details of the books you want to order, together with the delivery details for your order and the cheque (made payable to Church House Bookshop) to:

Church House Bookshop
31 Great Smith Street

Please remember to add the appropriate delivery charge to the total amount due. Delivery charges

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Can I pay with Book Tokens?

At present we cannot accept Book Tokens online.

If you wish to order using Book Tokens please phone us on 020 7799 4064.

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I want to change or cancel my order - who do I contact?

Please contact us as soon as possible:

Phone: +44 (0)845 017 6965

Email: bookshop@chbookshop.co.uk 

If your order has already been dispatched we will tell you the best way to return it. You can return items for any reason within 14 days of receiving them. A refund for the price of the books (not postage) will be credited to your payment card once we receive these.

Please do not return books without contacting us first. There is no way of returning purchased eBooks or software which has already been downloaded so we are not able to issue a refund for these unless they are faulty.

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How safe is 'secure online ordering'?

We consider it of the upmost importance that you have peace of mind when ordering goods from our web site. With that in mind, we use the latest in Internet technology to keep your personal details safe. When you enter your details, the information is sent to us via a secure internet link using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. This system is widely used on the Internet to offer secure shopping.

Our security features encrypt all your personal information including credit or debit card number and your name and address details. The encryption process takes the characters you enter on the screen and converts them into bits of code that are then securely transmitted over the Internet.

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I am outside the UK - will there be extra charges for my delivery?

Within the EU (and sometimes elsewhere), additional customs charges and VAT are possible, but these will vary by country and by item. Depending on these criteria, it is also possible some orders may attract no additional charges at all. Please note that the responsibility to settle any excess charges will be with the recipient. We have no control over these charges and we have worked hard to supply comprehensive delivery documentation, allowing customs departments to validate that shipment. We recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for more information regarding importation taxes/duties that may be applicable to your online order. We appreciate your business and are determined to help you in whatever we can. Thank you! 

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What are the postage and packing costs?

Our delivery charges are based on the total value of the goods in your order (excluding subscriptions, ebooks and other downloads) and where in the world you would like them sent.

When you choose your delivery address (step 2 of the checkout) the relevant delivery charge will be added to your order total automatically.

We may need to split your order into more than one package (but you will only be charged once for postage).

Postage rates for the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and BFPO addresses

Orders up to £25.00


Orders £25.01 to £75.00


Orders over £75



Europe and Worldwide

Delivery rates for European and Worldwide deliveries are calculated automatically according to the total value of your order and the delivery zone. The table below shows a detailed breakdown of the charges you can expect to pay.

Goods Total Western Europe Rest of World
£0 - £9.99 £3.50 £7.50
£10 - £19.99 £6.50 £9.00
£20 - £49.99 £8.00 £12.00
£50 - £79.99 £12.00 £20.00
£80 - £99.99 £20.00 £35.00
£100 - £149.99 £28.00 £50.00
£150 - £199.99 £45.00 £60.00
£200 - £299.99 £60.00 £75.00
£300+ £80.00 £100.00


We are committed to making your payment reflect the actual costs involved, and regularly compare charges with average costs for each delivery zone.

In the rare event that the actual delivery costs should significantly exceed the total shown when you placed your order, our staff may contact you to confirm the order and the new total.

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Why has my credit/debit card been rejected?

There are a few different reasons why this might have happened. Most common is a slight mistake in the card details entered - please double check your card number and make sure you have entered the correct CVV number (the last three digits of the number printed on the back of your card).

You card may have been rejected because the billing address entered did not match the address held by your bank. Go back to step 3 and add your card details again. Make sure all the relevant address fields are completed and that the address is the same as the one on your bank statements.

If a saved payment card has expired please use the 'add card' function to re-enter the details with an updated expiry date. You can delete old cards by using the 'remove' button on step 3 of the checkout.

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Can I change my login details?

To change your registered email address or password login to the website and go to 'My account' at the top right of the homepage.

Alternatively retrieve a forgotten password here

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How do I apply my Friends Scheme discount?

Friends of Church House Bookshop receive a 10% discount on many books available through the website.

If you are an existing member of the Friends Scheme your discount will be applied automatically when you login to the website.

Find out more about the Friends Scheme

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How do I change my email address/ account details?

The best way to change your email address (or password, or other account details) in our records is to log into 'My Account' using your existing login. You can find the page here: https://myaccount.hymnsam.co.uk/login/

Once you’ve logged in, click in the ‘Change Login’ tab, then you can change your email address across all our websites and apps. 

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