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 Dursley||St Mark's, Woodmancote||St Giles, Uley||Holy Cross Owlpen||St Bartholomew
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Services for Second Sunday after Trinity, 26th June
Holy Communion. St James, Dursley, 8am
Parish Communion. St Giles, Uley 10am Live Stream - see below
Service of the Word. St Mark's, Woodmancote 10.30am
Baptism, St James, Dursley 12.00pm
The weekly newsletter (pew sheet) for 26th June can be found here.
Attending services. We no longer require face coverings to be worn in our churches or during services. However we do appreciate that some people will prefer to wear them and we are happy to leave people to make their own choice. In our larger church buildings there should always be room for people to keep some social distance if they wish. We will continue the giving of wine at Communion services; it will be given by the priest dipping the wafer into the chalice. We will let you know if we make any changes to these guidelines.
Support for Ukraine As both churches and individuals we instinctively want to do all we can to support the people of Ukraine and those who are now refugees. As people register to offer rooms to refugees through the government sponsorship scheme, the local Church communities are here to offer any support that might be needed. Through Churches Together in Cam and Dursley, the local churches are keeping in regular touch with one another as well as with the local groups which have quickly formed to co-ordinate a local response across our area. A local Facebook group called HUSH (Help for Ukraine Support Hub) covering Berkeley, Wotton, Dursley, Cam and surrounding area has been set up. The link is here.
It would be good to know if there are people in our local community who hope to host refugees so that we can offer any support - particularly practical things like offering lifts, helping to fill in forms, providing some meals, offering space to meet together, especially with other people. Please do let me know, (Canon Michael on 01453 546459 or email@example.com) or via our Benefice Office firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayers for Ukraine During all our services, prayers will continue to be offered for the people of Ukraine and for peace across the world. St James in Dursley will be open during the day for private prayer and the opportunity to light a candle. The Archbishop's prayer for Ukraine can be found by clicking here
Vigil for Ukraine Every Thursday evening between 6pm and 7pm. Gather in Durlsey market place under the town hall.
Live Stream On Sunday 26th June. We plan to Live Stream the 10am Parish Communion service from St Giles, Uley. The link is here
If there is a problem with the link, go into YouTube and type Ewelme Benefice in the search box and hit enter. You should then be able to find the service. If that fails too, you could watch the10.15am service from the Cathedral - the link is below.
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
We are no longer running the Zoom link to our weekly live stream, as there was no demand for it. If you know of anyone who would like the listen to the service on a phone. please cantact Tony King.
Printed Service booklets for the live streams:
There are A4 printed service booklets available for our Holy Communion services.. The St James version for Ordinary Time is here: for Advent is here; for Christmas/Epiphany is here;for Lent is here: for Easter to Pentecost is here. The St Giles version (used throughout the year) is here. Please note we are now using theOrdinary Time Booklet at St James.
These booklets can be printed at home where possible - for double sided printing, flip on short edge.. 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.
Evening Prayer via Zoom To join via Zoom click here Meeting ID: 893 3298 0143 Passcode: 899154 (the same link as Evening Prayer)
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 link 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
Churches open for private prayer St James in Dursley is usually open during the week. St Bartholomew's in Nympsfield is usually open during the week for private prayer and reflection. St Giles in Uley is currently closed (except for services) due to the work being carried out as part of the Access for All Project. We are hopeful that we will be able to start leaving the church open again from 1st June. 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 open Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm. The Benefice Administrator can be contacted via email at email@example.com or 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’