Current situation

Thank you for using this online resource. There is fresh worship material on the website each week. Do download the welcome sheet to access the order of service and readings. We hope you will feel connected to other people and be able to worship God from wherever you are.

Although there are restrictions on gatherings, we are joined together in love and prayer – we may be apart but we’re never alone. If you need help in any way, do please be in contact with any of us.

During lockdown our two churches can be used for:

  • individual private prayer: St Matthew’s is already open every day and we plan to open St Paul’s too, just as soon as all moveable items are safely secured
  • funerals for up to a maximum of 30 mourners, plus essential staff; thanks to John Schulz we can now live-stream funerals, depending on his availability.

Broadcasting Sunday worship is allowed within the new regulations. This means we can continue to live-stream the 9.30 service from St Paul’s with a small number of individuals leading the worship. (Please note, we no longer have the equipment or capacity to pre-record Sunday services in church with added home recordings of readings, intercessions and music.)

The much appreciated pre-recorded Sunday children’s service will continue unaffected, thanks to Mary Copping and Olli Wilson-Smith, who does the editing.

Archbishops’ call to pray for the nation

The archbishops invite us to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer, saying, ‘More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever’. They ask every person of goodwill to pray at 6 pm each day during this period, and offer themes and online resources here.