Online Services

As lockdown continues, so do our online services; morning and evening prayer (Monday – Saturday) and Service of Spiritual Communion (Sunday).  Further details can be found can be found HERE.

We continue to pray for all those involved in frontline work and for all who are ill with the virus, for our leaders in the decisions they must make and for our citizens everywhere that we make act responsible and with thought for others.

Stay safe.

Service update 09/01/2021

Following the news of continuing rising numbers of Covid and the extreme pressure that our hospital staff are under both locally and nationally, along with a letter from our Bishops yesterday asking us to discourage all those who are in the vulnerable groups from attending services in church buildings, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel our planned ‘in a Church’ service at Lydbrook tomorrow afternoon.

At this difficult time for everyone it seems to us that any risk taken is one risk too many and however careful we are, any gathering at this time carries risk.

We pray urgently for all those involved in frontline care and for all who are ill with the virus, for our leaders in the decisions they must make and for our citizens everywhere that we make act responsible and with thought for others.

Our online services continue, details of which can be found HERE.

Services during Epiphany (6th – 30th January)

The Christmas season, which includes the smaller Epiphany season, keeps going all the way to Candlemas and the presentation of Jesus in the temple on 2nd February, transferred to a Sunday celebration on 31st January.

On Wednesday morning (6th January), we begin using the Epiphany services, starting with online morning prayer at 9am for which the service sheet and details can be accessed here.  At 5pm on Wednesday, we will be holding a service of spiritual communion for Epiphany in place of evening prayer.  This service can be accessed via our Benefice Facebook page by clicking here and the service sheet is at the link below:

Spiritual Communion for Epiphany 

During this current lockdown, we are still allowed to gather in church for communion and there will be a service at Lydbrook at 3pm on Sunday 10th January. Please let me Rev Clare Edwards know if you plan to attend by 6pm on Saturday – 01594 726319 or revclareedwards@gmail.com.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and given the heightened situation regarding the pandemic, we like to remind those who come to adhere to the social distancing that is in place. On arrival in church please go straight to your seat and stay there. Sadly, wandering around and chatting to others is a risk to all of us and not permitted. Likewise at the end of the service, we are asked to refrain from mingling. If you wish to exchange a greeting with others, then it should be brief, outside and at a 2 metre distance. If we are able to do this, we are confident that our services of communion can continue.

Let’s do our bit and remember, HandsFaceSpace.

Thank you and stay safe.

BrookDean Benefice Christmas Services

Information regarding our Benefice Christmas services is now available and can be found at the following link:

BrookDean Benefice Christmas Services 2020

Attendance at services inside our churches will be limited to comply with social distancing and face coverings are required.  Please confirm if you are planning to come ASAP by contacting Clare (Rector) either by phone 01594 726318 or by email revclareedwards@gmail.com 

Places for all ‘physically present’ services will be allocated in order of requests made.

Church Christmas Activities

Let us tell you about some of the things that are happening in and around the church this coming week.

We have a beautiful nativity scene in the main outside noticeboard, made for us by Chloe, George, Oliver and Millicent Vanhegan -with a little help from Rachel!! Just next to it is our giant advent wreath which is lit every afternoon somewhere around 3pm and 3.15pm until 8pm. We have also been ringing the church bell for a couple of minutes each afternoon as the children come out of school here in Ruardean  –  a sign of Advent hope.

Then we have ‘big’ Mary and Joseph made out of old oil drums, standing underneath the magnolia tree. Jesus will be arriving shortly  – all made for us by Sally and the manger bed by Alex.

This weekend we’ll be putting up a Nativity trail around the church with simple pictures and text for the Christmas story, suitable for children; it’s called ‘Follow the Star’.

And talking of stars we’ll very soon, if they are not already there, have a basket of stars in the church porch with some pens for writing an Advent hope, the name of someone we’re remembering at this time or our own names to hang either on the Christmas tree or any other tree in the church yard!

If you like painting and decorating, there is a box of ‘cobbles’ just inside the rectory gate, for decorating with Christmas images. Then you can go and put them somewhere in the churchyard for others to enjoy – you might find some too.

Next week:

The church will be open every morning from 10am-12noon. If your children are at Ruardean school you’ll be able to see some of their advent art work hanging up inside and the wreaths made by one of the classes.  Social distancing applies.

We hope there is something that will be of interest to you and your family..

Sunday Services – 13th December: Advent 3

This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at Ruardean at 3pm.  The children at Ruardean school have been busy and have given us some advent wreaths and some Christmas pictures, so they will be on display.

Face coverings are required and arrangements for collection etc. are as before the recent lockdown.

Whilst there is plenty of room at Ruardean, please let us know if you are coming as we are required to keep a list of attendees for track and trace purposes – revclareedwards@gmail.com or 01594 726318.

Our 10.30am online service will continue, details for which can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Sunday Services – 6th December

As we are now back in a tier system (Tier 2), we are now allowed to resume church services.

This Sunday (6th December), there will be a service of Holy Communion at Lydbrook at 3pm.

Face coverings are required and arrangements for collection etc. are as before the recent lockdown.

Whilst there is plenty of room at Lydbrook, please let us know if you are coming as we are required to keep a list of attendees for track and trace purposes – revclareedwards@gmail.com or 01594 726318.

Our 10.30am online service will continue, details for which can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Sunday Services – 14th November

This Sunday we revert to our normal time of 10.30am for our online service.  The service sheet and link to accessing the online service can be found by clicking HERE.

As lockdown continues, we are not currently able to hold a service in a Church.  The Diocese have published a prayer leaflet for people to use if they would like to during this 4 weeks of lockdown.  This can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Stay safe and well.

Remembrance Sunday

Small acts of remembrance following local government guidelines are still going ahead, but only with those who are actively taking part, laying wreaths etc. members of the wider community are discouraged from attending in order that together we may protect the veterans who may be there and those who are most vulnerable.

On Remembrance Sunday, Rev Clare Edwards will be at the Act of Remembrance at 10.45am in Lydbrook, which is being held down by the river to give more space to those attending.

Due to current lockdown restrictions we are no longer able to hold services in our church buildings.  Therefore, this week’s service will take place online at 3pm via facebook (as we would normally have at 10.30am) which will be a service of spiritual communion with an act of remembrance and our readings and prayers following that theme.

Our Benefice Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking HERE.