Next Ride & Stride: 12th September 2020
This is an annual national sponsored event, organised locally by County Historic Churches Trusts. Wiltshire Ride + Stride (or its predecessor the Great Cycle Ride) has been going since 1984 and has raised over £1.5 million for the county’s churches. 50% of the money raised goes to the participant’s chosen church and the other half to the County Historic Churches Trust.
All denominations are welcome. Visit as many churches as you like, planning your own route. Seek sponsorship from friends, relations and colleagues, so much per church visited or a lump sum.
Plan your route. You can get suggestions for cycle routes and church trails at
https://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/things-to-do and http://www.wiltshirehistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/churches
You can of course visit churches in other counties.
Please note that churches may not be open this year and are unlikely to be able to offer toilet facilities or refreshments, so please plan your route accordingly. Please observe social distancing requirements at all times.
For more information please go to: https://www.wiltshirehistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ride-stride/
Last updated 29 July 2020 at 10:50 BST
OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – Revised 25 July
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 transmission. Social distancing measures apply, and we regret we are unable to provide Bibles, prayer books etc.
Corsham and Gastard: Sundays 11 am to 1 pm and Wednesdays 2-4 pm
Lacock: Sundays 10 am to 12 noon and Wednesdays 2-4pm (until end July only)
Neston: Sundays 11 am to 1 pm and Wednesdays 2.30-4.30p.m.
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.
A twice 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 our current newsletters. You can be added to this distribution by emailing email@example.com. Copies of these newsletters can be found at: TEAM NEWS. Latest Issue 40 released on 1 Aug 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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