Coronavirus

This page provides all our current information on the impact of Coronavirus in our Benefice.

    Following instructions from the Archbishops and Bishops, most services are still not able to be held in our churches, however     there have recently been some small changes to the guidelines.

    Prayer in our churches   The restrictions have now been eased and we are allowed, if it is manageable, to open our church buildings for individual prayer.  The guidelines advise us to restrict access to only part of the church, as we are only allowed to open for private prayer, not for visitors to look round.  Therefore, our first tentative steps are to open 3 of our churches as follows:

St James in Dursley will be open on Mondays and Thursdays 10am - 3pm.

St Giles in Uley will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am - 3pm.

St Bartholomew's in Nympsfield will be open Wedesdays and Saturdays 10am - 3pm.

 

Please contact our Clergy for further information Contact Us

You can also find more information and guidance during these difficult times on:

The Diocese of Gloucester’s website:here

Or the Church of England’s website which also has a dedicated coronavirus page here

 

Funerals during the time of the virus

The restrictions on holding funeral services in church have been eased slightly.  From 15th June, under some circumstances and following Government social distancing guidelines, it might be possible for small funeral services to be held in church.  This will need to be discussed with the clergy and funeral director.

Resources are available for those who are not able to attend a funeral service.  These include some readings and prayers and the opportunity to light a virtual candle as you remember the person who has died. 

Follow this link:

https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals/here-everyone/support-when-you-cant-attend-funeral

For a simple reflection to use at thome on the day of the funerla, follow this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Funerals%20liturgy%20at%20home%20public.pdf

Any of the clergy are of course available to you if you would like to talk with them.  Please use the ‘contact us’ button. 

 

Supporting the local church financially

The churches of our Benefice rely on donations to provide care and support to everyone in these communities. Now more than ever, during these difficult times when we can only meet on line, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry. Thank you for your support.

The Parish Giving Scheme is a great way to support our work - 

For Dursley Parish (St James the Great and St Mark) see here

For Uley Parish (St Giles, St Bartholomew and Holy Cross) see here

Alternatively you could make a one-off donation, or set up a standing order, and make these eligible for gift aid if you pay income tax. Downloasd the appropriate form below, complete it and return it as an email attachement or by post to the appropriate Treasurer - see the Contact Us Page for addresses.

For Dursley Parish the form is here

For Uley Parish the form is here

We are investigating Online Donation schemes - details later