We are offering a short service of Evening Prayer each Wednesday at 5pm via Zoom. Please contact Rev Linda Carter for details: email@example.com
We are offering a short service of Morning Prayer each Sunday at 10am via Zoom. Please contact Rev Linda Carter for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Services suspended during lockdown period.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 4th January we find ourselves in another period of lockdown. The government has not so far stated that churches should close for public worship. Statements from the Church of England at national and diocesan level indicate that local decisions about whether to remain open may be taken at parish level.
Members of the Marden Vale ministry team have met (via Zoom) for prayer and to consider the way forward. The clear message from the government is that, at the moment, everyone should remain at home and leave for only very limited and essential purposes. Given the vulnerability of many who attend our churches the ministry team feels that the right and pastoral thing to do is to suspend public worship across the benefice for the time being. Some of us are a part of households where people who previously have been shielding have been asked to shield again. In order to reduce the risk of transmission of the new and highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 it seems best to operate with maximum caution. The good news is that vaccines are now available and are being rolled-out and hopefully over the next couple of months our lives will begin to improve and restrictions begin to be reduced. In the meantime we need to keep people as safe as we can.
Whilst we won’t we be opening our churches for public worship over the coming weeks it is our intention to offer times when people can come into our church buildings for private prayer. We will also continue with online worship and do all we can to support people who feel lonely and isolated. The best thing we can all do is to support and keep praying for each other. We do hope you will support us in this decision as to how proceed in the coming weeks. Obviously, we will keep matters under review as the picture changes.
May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last few months, both in your understanding when we have had to close churches and your patience in following new guidance for booking and attending services when churches have been open. Thank you also for your generosity in terms of financial giving, which is very much appreciated in these difficult times.
“Blessed be the Lord! For he has shown me his steadfast love when I was as a city besieged…Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait in hope for the Lord.” Psalm 31.
Rev. Linda Carter (on behalf of Marden Vale Ministry Team)
Sunday Worship – FAQS
Update 31st October 2020
Sunday 1st Nov Parish Eucharist at St John the Baptist, Foxham at 10am
Sunday 1st Nov Evening Prayer at St Martin’s, Bremhill at 6pm
We plan to re-open St Martin’s, Bremhill on 1st November with a service of Evening Prayer. It is hoped that a sustainable pattern of services including Morning Worship, Parish Eucharist and Evensong will evolve around the parishes to take us through the next few months.
Where a Sunday service has taken place in church, that building will be closed for 72 hours after the service to minimise the amount of cleaning required. We plan to review safety procedures after each service in response to attendee numbers and behaviours, so please check service details and information on our website, Facebook page and Noticeboard.
There is a lot information to take in and this will continue to be the case as we work our way cautiously through this time of easing lockdown measures. I realise that for many none of this feels like ‘church’ or ‘worship’. My intention always, is to enable each one of us to worship and to meet with God in ways which are prayerful, meaningful, nourishing, joyful and safe, whether we are at home, in church, out walking, by the sea or on top of a mountain…and to know that we are connected to each other, and that despite our current circumstances we are the body of Christ. Much of what we are experiencing may not feel like corporate worship just now, but my prayer when putting services together online or adapting services for socially distanced church, is that God knows we are together in worship and that God honours our offering of that worship.
Wherever and however you worship, I pray that you know you are held in God’s loving embrace, together with all God’s beloved children.
Church open for prayer
Church Open for Prayer and Worship – Risk Assessment
Choir – Risk Assessment