LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION as at 19 Sep 20

Last updated 19 Sep

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.

Revd Mary Gubbins has now taken up post as part-time Team Vicar –  see contact us for details

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.

Corsham  Sundays 27 Sep and 25 Oct 11am – 1pm and Wednesdays 2-4pm

Gastard: Sundays 20 Sep, 11 and 25 Oct – 11 am to 1 pm

Neston: Sundays 20 Sep, 4 and 18 Oct – 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 September and October 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 office@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk.  Copies of these newsletters can be found at: TEAM NEWS.   Latest Issue #47 released on 19 Sep 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.
Amen.

 

Walking Group resumes

The first full outing of the Group since the 9th of March will be on Friday, 11th September, meeting 10:00 hrs in the rear car park of the Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Road, Corsham, SN13 9DN, for a walk of about 9 miles. Suggest bringing some refreshment.

The current Government Covid-19 Guidelines on Social Contact and Events (para 2.9) require that an event such as this should be risk assessed, which has been done. The assessment requires attention drawn to the f9lloing for those attending:-

  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been told to self-isolate.
  • Please maintain physical distancing.
  • Please avoid touching gates, stiles and other countryside furniture where possible.
  • Suggest you carry hand sanitiser.
  • Contact details of attendees will be kept securely for 21 days and provided to NHS Test and Trace if required.

With kindest regards and I look forward to seeing you next Friday!

RIDE&STRIDE 2020

Next Ride & Stride: 12th September 2020

This is an annual national sponsored event, organised locally by County Historic Churches Trusts and is able to go ahead this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. 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.

In compliance with government guidance on exercise, access to churches and risk        assessments, the event will be quite different this year:

  • Riders may take part as individuals or in small groups of up to six participants from different households preserving social distancing
  • Striders may walk individually or in small groups of up to six participants from different households (a maximum of thirty can walk together as an organised group as long as social distancing is preserved between each group of six in addition to social distancing between households)

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/

Quick Reaction Code

We have recently introduced a QR (Quick Reaction) code for those who wish to donate to St Bart’s but either are not physically in the building or have no cash on them if they are!  Just scan the code below with your smart phone camera or QR app and you will be directed to our giving page.  You can select a pre-paid amount or specify your own.  All donations can be gift aided.

We thank you very much for your generosity if you do donate and we promise to use your gift wisely.

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