We are here to serve the combined Anglican churches and the wider communities of Corsham, Lacock, Bowden Hill, Neston and Gastard. Our main aim is to grow followers of Jesus Christ through three key areas of activity which build upon each other, and which encourage us to look up, in and out:
- Growing in God (or looking up). We will be committed to being disciples of Jesus through prayer, Bible study and an active Christian life.
- Growing in Love (or looking in). We will model Christian love towards each other, creating attractive and hospitable communities of faith where people feel at home.
- Growing Community (or looking out). We will engage with our communities, seeking to be a Christian influence and encouraging people to follow Jesus.
Whilst our churches may have restricted opening hours and limited physical services because of COVID-19 we continue to serve our congregations through on-line resources and Christian fellowship over the phone and Internet where possible. For the latest Information please go to this page: LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION
The remainder of our site remains available, even though our some services and activities are in abeyance. Should you find something that interests you and you may wish to pursue when we are back to normal, or about you would like more information please contact the named person on the article or email@example.com
You can keep up-to-date with what’s happening in our monthly and weekly Newsletters, the Rector’s News, and joining in with our activities; we also offer a wide variety of services for all ages. We look forward to meeting you in person!
There a wide variety of external sources in our Useful Links area and in particular should you need help with your faith please see our Growing In Faith section.
We also have a wide selection of ministers and other laity who help keep our parishes running, refer to our contacts section for more information
Revd Dr Andrew Johnson
Priest in Charge (Team Rector)
St Bartholomew’s church has submitted 2 faculty applications to the diocese. The public statements are given below:
2020-053027_Form4Report_2020_10_07 – Provision of 3 additional memorial plaques in churchyard adjacent to the “kissing gate ”
2020-048514_Form4Report_2020_10_07 – Addition of 2 memorial plaques in Methuen chapel
Last updated 17 October
Following indications that the number of people permitted to take part in a social gathering is to be reduced from 30 to six in England, we understand the new regulations will not apply to public worship or individual prayer in church buildings.
OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – Revised 5 Sep
Our churches will be open for individual private prayer for limited hours each week, due to the restrictions we currently need to work under to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Social distancing measures apply, and it is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering in places of worship and church halls, unless a relevant exemption applies. We regret we are also unable to provide Bibles, prayer books etc.
The number of openings for Private Prayer has been reduced as we are now able to offer limited public worship. See Services for details and Services for Children for Early Birds on-line (YouTube) services.
Gastard: Sundays 11 and 25 Oct, 15 Nov – 11 am to 1 pm
Neston: Sundays 4 and 18 Oct, 15 Nov – 11am to 1pm, and Wednesdays 2.30 to 4.30pm
Please note that only parts of each church may be accessible, and you will be requested to use hand sanitiser on entry and exit. Whilst you are welcome to meet friends in the churchyard (within current social distancing rules) please do not arrange to meet anyone outside your household bubble inside a church.
For details of Services in October and November please see: Services
Keeping in touch
A weekly newsletter, replacing the current WIS, Church News and Lacock Pew News, will be published on a Wednesday and Saturday giving more information. This will be emailed to those who have signed up to receive Team News. You can be added to this distribution by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of these newsletters can be found at: TEAM NEWS. Latest Issue #51 released on 17 Oct 20
More info at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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