Updated: Monday 2nd November 2020

Latest information from the Church of England website

Last updated Saturday 31st October 2020 at 8.50 pm

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister of new restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, chair of the Church of England’s Recovery Group said:

“We have heard with others the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening of a second national ‘lockdown’ in England and how this will affect the life of our communities and public worship.

“We will study the detailed regulations and continue to liaise with Government departments to offer clarity to churches.

“This is a time of real uncertainty for everyone and the Church will continue to be central to the life of our communities in bringing light and hope.”

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 31st October 2020 to come into effect on Thursday 5th November 2020, please be aware that all of our churches will sadly be closed to anyone other than our clergy including for Sunday services; they will still be open for individual private prayer as listed below. Although we are waiting for guidelines from the Church of England, the Government Guidelines indicate that we are still able to broadcast a live service from our Churches, without a congregation. Therefore, we will still be providing an online Sunday morning service each week.

If you do attend for Private Prayer please wear a face mask BEFORE entering the church, and keep this on for the duration of your time in Church. (A mandatory requirement as set out by the Government since the 8th August 2020. Part of the new rules, i is that they are backed up in law, and breaking of the rules can now result in a scale of increasing fines, and even imprisonment.). A document will be available on our website from the Church of England, and also in our churches, regarding the wearing of face masks and who is exempt. Information regarding the wearing of face masks in Church.

When you enter, please use the hand sanitiser available for your use.

We want to be able to keep our Churches open for private prayer, and can only do this with your co-operation in following these guidelines.

Thank you for your continued support in enabling us to offer private prayer.

We are endeavouring to keep in contact with you all through various platforms and by offering online services and prayers.

The situation is changing rapidly on a day to day basis and we have many outlets for information, therefore please refer to this page in the first instance for the latest information. You can view our latest news sheet online and also sign up to our mailing list.

Our services and events - all Church services are suspended from 5th November 2020 due to the new national lockdown. We are still able to remain open for Private Prayer as follows:

The North Cheltenham Team Ministry is following current Church of England advice which can be found by clicking here.

Three of our Churches are open for Private Prayer as follows:

St Mary’s Church, Prestbury will be open for private prayer:

Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm


All Saints Church, Pittville will be open for private prayer:

Wednesdays from 4.00 pm until 5.00 pm

Saturdays from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon


St Lawrence Church will be open for private prayer:

Wednesdays from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Funerals can still take place with up to 30 mourners (dependant on the size of the church), but Weddings and Baptisms cannot take place)

Please be aware that all our church buildings sadly remain closed to anyone other than our clergy apart from for individual private prayer as indicated above.

We are endeavouring to keep in contact with you all through various platforms and by offering online services and prayers.

All our online services can be viewed by visiting our YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Keeping in touch

We now have the ability to send out messages via WhatsApp - Please add "01242 244 373" to your phone book. Send a WhatsApp message giving your full name NOTE this only currently works for WhatsApp - not text messages and don't forget to join our email mailing list.

Information regarding funerals:

Due to the current guidelines from the Church of England regarding funerals, and also the guidelines of the Crematorium, we ask that you all remain at home as per the Government guidelines and light a candle at the time of the funeral as listed on the News sheet and say a prayer (see below). We are offering all families who have lost loved ones at this time a memorial service in the future if they so wish. Please also remember at this difficult time for many the families and friends who are mourning loved ones, as well as the Funeral Directors who are dealing with arranging funerals under difficult circumstances and the clergy who are supporting those in mourning.

Dear God,

Thank you for (name), for all that they meant to me and to others.

I so wanted to say goodbye, to be alongside my friends and family.

Help me to know you are there,

Holding all my hopes,

Holding all those I Love, especially (name),

And holding me this day.

Be close with your peace and hope.

Amen.

Loving God,

Life is so strange just now – I don’t know what to do.

Comfort me with your presence,

Be with all who grieve

And give us strength and courage to face this and all the days ahead.

Amen.

God of love,

Surround all those I love,

Especially those I can no longer meet.

Be light in my darkness,

Be hope in my fear,

Be love in every moment,

And give me grace to face each day ahead.

Amen.