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.

Sunday Services 1st November

Our afternoon service of Holy communion will be at Drybrook at the new regular time of 3pm. (to accommodate those who don’t like to be driving in the dark). If you are planning to come please let Rev Clare know by 6pm Saturday either by telephone (01594 726318) or email (revclareedwards@gmail.com).

All Saints day begins a new season which takes us up to the beginning of Advent. for those of you who follow the daily services on your own at home and those who join together online, there will be a new seasonal booklet of morning and evening prayer. Unlike ‘ordinary time’ which has a different service for each day of the week, there will be one service for mornings and another for evenings –  coming soon!

Sunday Service of Holy Communion

For the foreseeable future we will be continuing with a Sunday service online at 10.30am and a service in one of our Benefice churches at 4pm on a 3 week rotation, starting as follows:

11th October – Drybrook
18th October – Lydbrook
25th October – Ruardean
and so on.

Please note – face coverings must be worn.

For the 4pm service we are limited to Clergy plus a congregation of no more than 29 people.

Over the past few weeks, we have had 20 plus people joining us in Church and, due to the restrictions, we are now asking if you could kindly book in with for all 4pm services please.  This will enable us to allocate seats accordingly and to continue to ensure that everyone is kept safe. It also makes the recording of who is attending (for track and trace services -should that be necessary) much easier. Please let me Rev. Clare Edwards know by 6pm on the Saturday, including details of any other members of your household who will also be attending, either by telephone (01594 726318) or email (revclareedwards@gmail.com).

Collection. Please read the following before you come!

If people would like to make an offering, there will be a bin bag just inside the church door as you enter or leave, so that you can ‘drop’ your gift in without touching the container. If you want your collection to go to a specific church please put it in a clearly marked envelope. You can also use your regular church envelopes if you have them. We will then be leaving the collection in the bag untouched in the safe for several days.

If you regularly gift aid your donations to church and would like to Gift Aid this gift then please place it in a sealed envelope before you come with the following details written clearly on the outside.

Your name, full address including postcode, amount given, date, name of church to benefit.

If you want to Gift Aid and have not already completed a Gift Aid declaration for a church in the benefice you also need to include the following.

I want to Gift Aid my donation of £______________ and any donations I make in the future : Name of Church in benefice ____________________________________________________________

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

Many thanks for your continuing support.

Face coverings during Worship – update 7th July

In England, face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport. From 8 August, face coverings are also required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including places of worship, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.

There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings. In particular, those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. distributing consumables). This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24 July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship. We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from Coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face. These are different from surgical and other face masks that are part of PPE used in health and social care settings. We do not recommend the use of PPE in church buildings other than for specialist cleaning activities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread predominantly by droplets and perhaps aerosols from coughs, sneezes and speaking. The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of Coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.