Service update 09/01/2021

Following the news of continuing rising numbers of Covid and the extreme pressure that our hospital staff are under both locally and nationally, along with a letter from our Bishops yesterday asking us to discourage all those who are in the vulnerable groups from attending services in church buildings, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel our planned ‘in a Church’ service at Lydbrook tomorrow afternoon.

At this difficult time for everyone it seems to us that any risk taken is one risk too many and however careful we are, any gathering at this time carries risk.

We pray urgently for all those involved in frontline care and for all who are ill with the virus, for our leaders in the decisions they must make and for our citizens everywhere that we make act responsible and with thought for others.

Our online services continue, details of which can be found HERE.

Services during Epiphany (6th – 30th January)

The Christmas season, which includes the smaller Epiphany season, keeps going all the way to Candlemas and the presentation of Jesus in the temple on 2nd February, transferred to a Sunday celebration on 31st January.

On Wednesday morning (6th January), we begin using the Epiphany services, starting with online morning prayer at 9am for which the service sheet and details can be accessed here.  At 5pm on Wednesday, we will be holding a service of spiritual communion for Epiphany in place of evening prayer.  This service can be accessed via our Benefice Facebook page by clicking here and the service sheet is at the link below:

Spiritual Communion for Epiphany 

During this current lockdown, we are still allowed to gather in church for communion and there will be a service at Lydbrook at 3pm on Sunday 10th January. Please let me Rev Clare Edwards know if you plan to attend by 6pm on Saturday – 01594 726319 or revclareedwards@gmail.com.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and given the heightened situation regarding the pandemic, we like to remind those who come to adhere to the social distancing that is in place. On arrival in church please go straight to your seat and stay there. Sadly, wandering around and chatting to others is a risk to all of us and not permitted. Likewise at the end of the service, we are asked to refrain from mingling. If you wish to exchange a greeting with others, then it should be brief, outside and at a 2 metre distance. If we are able to do this, we are confident that our services of communion can continue.

Let’s do our bit and remember, HandsFaceSpace.

Thank you and stay safe.

BrookDean Benefice Christmas Services

Information regarding our Benefice Christmas services is now available and can be found at the following link:

BrookDean Benefice Christmas Services 2020

Attendance at services inside our churches will be limited to comply with social distancing and face coverings are required.  Please confirm if you are planning to come ASAP by contacting Clare (Rector) either by phone 01594 726318 or by email revclareedwards@gmail.com 

Places for all ‘physically present’ services will be allocated in order of requests made.