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 

    Please scroll down through this page to see all our current news and events


    Services for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 14th August, 2022

    Parish Communion,  St James, Dursley 10am   Live Stream - see below 

    Parish Comunion, St Giles, Uley  10am   

    Evensong, Holy Cross, Owlpen 6pm

    The weekly newsletter (pew sheet) for 14th August can be found here. 

    On Sunday 10th July Canon Michael preached on 'Welcome' at St James.  His sermon can be read 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.
    Canon Michael

    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 mgcozens86@btinternet.com) or via our Benefice Office ewelmeparishoffice@gmail.com

    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 14th August. We plan to Live Stream the 10am Communion service from St James, DursleyThe link is here 

    PLEASE NOTE - we shall not be live streaming on the 11th, 18th, or 25th September. We suggest you use the Cathedral service instead - link below. We need to give the Technical Team a bit of a break!

    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 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  Please note - This will not be offered during August. To join via Zoom click here  Meeting ID: 893 3298 0143  Passcode: 899154 (the same link as Evening Prayer)

    Morning Prayer via Zoom  Please note - This will not be offered during August. 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 open again following completion of most of the work that has been carried out.  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                      


    Contacting us

    The Benefice Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm.  The Benefice Administrator can be contacted via email at ewelmeparishoffice@gmail.com  or on 01453 549280.

    Details of how to contact the clergy are on our Contact Us page.

    All the latest information, with other material including our donations appeals, can be found on our Coronavirus page. You can follow us on Facebook


    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’


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