Advent Remembrance display at St Bart’s

If you wish to have the name of a loved one listed on the Advent Remembrance display in the noticeboard in the churchyard at St Bart’s please contact Fiona Draper on office@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk or put a note through the door (postal address: Remembrance Display, Church House, Church Street, Corsham SN13 0BY) giving the first name and surname of the person who has passed away in CAPITALS to aid legibility. The closing date for receiving names will be Thursday 26 November and the display will be available to view from the first Sunday of Advent (Sunday 29 November).

Vacancy for Corsham PCC and Team Treasurer

Our Corsham PCC and Team Treasurer Mike Alexander will be standing down from both posts after the end of the year, and we are very grateful for his hard work and competent management of both sets of accounts. We are seeking a replacement with a background in accountancy (preferably with a recognised qualification) so if you know of someone suitable that we could approach please inform Revd Andrew (rector@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk), L’nora Olney (Churchwarden) (olney @talktalk.net) or Fiona Draper (Corsham PCC Secretary/ Team Admin) (Office@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk).

 

Remembrance

Following the announcement of the national lockdown and its approval in Parliament  there were  no Remembrance services in our churches on Sunday 8 November.  Many of us stood on our door steps or watched the Cenotaph service to observe the 2 minute silence.

In Corsham Seaman James Stott (Son of Debbie and John – himself a former sub-mariner) laid a wreath the St Bartholomew’s WW1 memorial.

LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION

Last updated 23 November

We are awaiting details of any further restrictions once the current lockdown ends before we can determine what, if any, public worship services can be offered.   See Services for the latest details and Services for Children for Early Birds on-line (YouTube) services.

OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER 
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.  

Gastard: Sunday 29 Nov 11 am to 1 pm

Lacock: Sunday 29 Nov 10.30-12 noon

Additional private prayer times may become available in Corsham and Lacock once the details of the latest lockdown are available.

Please note that only parts of each church may be accessible, and you will be requested to use hand sanitiser on entry and exit. 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. 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.  

Advent conversations Bible study weekly on Wednesdays at 11am, led by Revd    Andrew. Each session is complete in itself and previous participants will be invited each week, but if you wish to join in please contact Revd Andrew a for an invitation at  rector@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk

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 #56 released on 21 Nov 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!

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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