Welcome to the Ewelme Benefice
Serving the parishes of Dursley; the churches of St James the Great and St Mark’s, and Uley with Owlpen and Nympsfield; the churches of St Giles, Holy Cross and St Bartholomew’s.
|St James the Great Dursely||St Marks Woodmancote||St Giles Uley||Holy Cross Owlpen||St Bartholomew
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Services for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity (1st August, 2021)
There will be a service of Sung Holy Communion in St James, Dursley, and an Informal Service to celebrate the Holiday Club in St Giles, Uley, both at 10am.
Changes to arrangements for services following the lifting of national restrictions. We are taking a cautious approach as we journey through the next few weeks, very aware that Covid cases are rising and many of us will feel anxious about abandoning all the current restrictions. We invite you to continue to wear masks in church, especially when you are moving around the building and also when you are singing - which is now permitted! We are also encouraging people to continue to take responsibility for social distancing; not to assume that everyone will want to sit closely together but to feel free to sit in a place in the church where there is a confortable space. Some pews will continue to be out of use to help with this. We will also continue to receive communion in one kind - just the consecrated wafer and ask that we continue to avoid contact during the sharing of the peace. All these things will continue to be reviewed during August in preparation for services in September. To read the full set of recommended guidelines for the Ewelme Benefice, please click here.
We plan to Live Stream the service from St James.on YouTube. The link is here. If the link fails, go into YouTube, enter Ewelme Benefice in the search box and select the service. (If the live stream fails totally, see below for an alternative).
We also plan to run a Zoom link to the service for those listening by phone. To access this, dial 0131 460 1196 or 0203 481 5237. Enter the Meeting ID: 858 0791 3260 and if needed Passcode: 127177. Enter # for any other codes. Please be aware that due to technical difficulties, it may not always be possible to provide this Zoom link.
When we are able to Live Stream – please note: in the past we have included the words for the service from St James on the screen during live streaming. Instead we will make available an A4 printed service booklet. This can be found here and printed at home if possible. If you would like a printed version sent to you, please contact the Benefice Office – details here or on the Pew Leaflet. We will include the words for the hymns when resources allow. For the time being the words will still be included when the service comes from St Giles.
If you are unable to join our Live Stream for any reason, The Sunday Eucharist from Gloucester Cathedral is available to LIve-Stream from 10.15am. To join click here
The weekly newsletter (pew sheet) for 1st August can be found here
A simple At Home Service can be found here and used alongside the weekly newsletter.
Evening Prayer via Zoom Has been paused during August. This will resume in September.
Morning Prayer via Zoom We meet each week at 9am on Wednesdays via Zoom to say Morning Prayer using the service from the Church of England's Common Worship. Anyone is welcome to join - you don't need a copy of the service. To join via Zoom click here Meeting ID: 893 3298 0143 Passcode: 899154 (the same as Evening Prayer)
St Giles 'Access for All' project To read more about the exciting project to allow everyone to be able to access St Giles church, click here
Christian Aid Bishop Rachel encourages us to show our thanksgiving for the Covid vaccination programme by making a donation to the work of Christian Aid. Why not give a 'thank you donation' when you have received your vaccination. Click here
Churches open for private prayer Our churches are open during the week for private prayer and reflection. Church opening times and details of other services and events can be found on the Calendar.
Ewelme Benefice Youtube page is where you will find recordings of our recent services; click here
The Benefice Office is closed during the current lockdown but the Administrator can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and will pick up messages left on 01453 549280.
Details of how to contact the clergy are on our Contact Us page.
As members of the Ewelme Benefice, we will work together to share in the Diocese of Gloucester’s LIFE Vision.
‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full’