NEW! AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP AT HOME
Click on https://youtu.be/RCPraoqk3sI
THIS WEEK'S NEWS SHEET IS AT 5th April 2020 Palm Sunday
FOR DETAILS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO JOIN IN SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER, CLICK Services for Holy Week and Easter2020
We extend a warm welcome to you from the Churches of the Canalside Benefice, which includes Staverton, Hilperton and Hilperton Marsh, Whaddon and Semington. As those who have discovered the joy of following Jesus, we seek to serve our villages in any way we can. If you have any questions about anything on this site, do get in touch.
THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ACTS OF PUBLIC WORSHIP AND OTHER EVENTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME
At this time of worldwide and national crisis, we are holding everyone in prayer. Morning Prayer is being said by our clergy everyday and Rev John will be leading a service at home on Sundays on behalf of everyone in the Benefice. To hear this service, click on the link at the top of this page.
Click on Coronavirus Pandemic response for information about support we can offer you during the outbreak. Online resources for prayer and worship for personal use can be found at Resources for adults to use at home and Resources for families to use at home. These pages will be updated regularly. If you need to talk to someone or need practical support, do ring Rev John Rees on 01225 764365 or Rev Joy Albone on 07931 638524.
Rev John celebrating Holy Communion on Mothering Sunday in St Michael's Hilperton
Click on https://www.youtube.com (...) to hear a message from the Bishop of Ramsbury.
This poem, written by an American Catholic, speaks of the hope the author has that good will come out of this frightening and difficult time. The core message of the Christian faith is that, through Jesus, good triumphs over evil and that God cares for us and can give us peace at difficult times.
"When this is over, may we never again take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst."
Laura Kelly Fanucci
The Churches of the Canalside Benefice take their responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.
Click on Safeguarding to read our policies and details of whom to contact.
Revd John Rees, Rector.