We’re sad to hear that Prince Philip has died and our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth, their four children, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and their wider family.
We’re making a plan to open churches for private prayer and reflection. Check back here and on our social media for updates.
The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek said, “It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death. This is a huge loss to the nation and one which we will all feel deeply for a long time to come. We give thanks for Prince Philip, his unwavering love and support of the Queen, and for the good he has championed and enabled within our country and beyond over so many years.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the Queen and the Royal Family as we pray for them to know God’s comfort and everlasting love in the days and weeks ahead. May the hope and peace of Jesus Christ sustain us all.
“While not all of our churches are able to be open at the moment, everyone across our communities is invited to join our online worship, which can be found at www.achurchnearyou.com.
“A special online memorial book, which everyone is invited to sign can be found here.
“May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
These churches will be open
The Church in Randwick[ St John’s] Sunday between 1-5pm
The Church in Whiteshill [St Paul’s] Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm
The Church in Uplands [All Saints] Saturday and Sunday 3-4pm
The Church in Paganhill [Holy Spirit] Sunday 12-3
The Church in Slad [Holy Trinity] Sunday 10-30-12noon
The Church next to the hospital [Holy Trinity] Saturday 2-3.30pm
The Church in Cainscross [St Matthew’s] Sunday 9.30-12noon
There are many opportunities throughout the week to gather or find space for yourself.
Some of these are physical in our church buildings and some are online.
You are very welcome.
Every day we are pausing at 10:10am. Pausing to pray, to listen, to know we are part of something bigger than ourselves.
Some will read the bible, some will reflect on what they can see from their window.
And after the pause – to do something. Phone a friend, a neighbour, check in with someone you haven’t spoken to for a while.
Dial 020 3956 9054
When requested enter the PIN: 426 239 892#
On a desktop computer
In order for this to work you will need a computer with at least a microphone and speakers. You do not have to have camera, but obviously it helps.
A new window opens and you are taken to one of our video conference rooms using Google Meet
You may need to grant permission to use your camera and microphone.
We will get a notification that someone wants to join the call and we’ll let you in.
On an iPhone or Android
Download the app Google Meet first. Open the app and give it the permissions it needs to access your camera and microphone.
Then come back and click the Ding Dong! button on this page.
In these unprecedented times, we are working hard to find imaginative solutions in a landscape that has been rapidly changing. Sometimes we get things right, and sometimes we miss the mark. I apologise that this has been the case regarding communion.
For those of you who have received wafers in a parcel, we would ask that you either consume them, or put them somewhere safe to bring back once we are able to be together again.
We are going to be sending out a new order of service for use during this time as either a simple service of the word or, on occasion, to help us to share an Agape meal together.