LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION

Last updated 12 June 2021

Although lockdown is being gradually eased we still have a reduced the number of Public Worship services in our team  – please see our Services page for the latest details of public worship services within the Team and Zoom on-line services; visit Services for Children for Early Birds on-line (YouTube/Facebook) services.  We also offer an on-line bible study course – see further down this page.  Please note these details may change.

Keeping in touch
A  weekly newsletter, replacing the current Corsham Weekly Information Sheet, Church News and Lacock Pew News, will be published on a 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 this newsletter can be found at: TEAM NEWS. Latest issue 25 of 2021 dated 13 June 21

OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER 
Neston church will be open for individual private prayer on Sundays 11am to 1pm and Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm.
Please note that only parts of the 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 (visors alone are regrettably not considered a face covering unless worn with a mask) 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.  

On-Line Bible study
Bible study on Ephesians: The (on-line) Bible study group will be resumed on Wednesday 14 April at 11am on Zoom for a six session study of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. You will automatically be invited if you have attended before or attended one of the Lent courses, but please contact Revd Andrew if you would like to be invited for the first time (rector@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk).

A further on-line (via Zoom) bible study looking at one of the readings for the following Sunday – mostly on a Tuesday, but also occasional Mondays – will be run by Revd Mary at 8pm on each date.  Dates are: Tuesdays 27 Apr, 4 May, 11 May; Mondays 17 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun; Tuesdays 29 June, 6 Jul, 13 Jul and 20 Jul.  Please email Revd Mary – vicar@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk for more details and a zoom link.

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.

 

RIDE&STRIDE 2021

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  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.

Please put this date in your diary –  For St Bart’s folk this date coincides with the Corsham Town Fair. You may therefore wish to arrange your ‘endurance or modest’ Ride or Stride to end in town, or to contribute on another date. I will be Riding/Striding on another date owing to family commitments.

 

All funds raised through Ride and Stride Sponsorship will be split between St Bart’s Fabric Funds and the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to provide grants for critical fabric repairs, services and facilities in churches and chapels of all denominations across Wiltshire.

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.

Scan with camera to donate to St Bart’s