Updated: Tuesday 31st March 2020

Latest information on the NCTM response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The situation is changing rapidly on a day to day basis. We have many outlets for information, including but not limited to, News (Pew) sheets, Social Media, Emails, Announcements and many of these are updated by volunteers. Therefore please refer to this page in the first instance for the latest information.

Our latest news sheet is now online.

You can also sign up to our mailing list by completing the form on this page.

Father Nick has suggested reading the following interesting article by Bishop Tom Wright:

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.

Also don't forget to join our email mailing list if you have not already.

Ours services and events

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

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23rd March the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England of Canterbury have closed all churches to anyone, including all clergy. We are endeavouring to keep in contact with you all through various platforms and by offering online services and prayers.

LENT COURSE – TUESDAYS – Currently Postponed

If you want to follow the weekly sessions all are included on the Liveability website, and you can download the material by clicking here. We know this is not the same as being together and we hope to resume the course later in the summer to complete it.

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.

Helping to support the community

John Payne and Prestbury Parish Council are coordinating local volunteers in one place to help the housebound and anyone in Prestbury who might need help with prescriptions delivery, shopping help, or any other support. It will be great if Church Members can volunteer too.

Please use the contact details below to add your name to the Volunteer rota. Thank you.

Parish Clerk: 01242 575129

Parish Council email: [email protected]

Parish website: prestbury-pc.gov.uk