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What we are Doing - the latest

by Michael Ford last modified 22 Jan, 2021 09:41 AM

...from our parishes and schools during the coronavirus outbreak. See below for the latest, and for a link to the form to tell us what you're up to. Do keep us up to date as things develop!

Click here to tell us the latest.

NB: your local parish website, Facebook, or A Church Near You listing is likely to be more up-to-date. Do keep us in the loop!

Abbotsbury, Portesham and Langton Herring

Benefice chat and Bible reading.

Atworth with Shaw and Whitley
All parishioners have a service for use at home, regular email and phone contact system. We have also started a Facebook Group for regular worship and encouragement, including a Facebook Live service on Sundays and regular prayer requests posts managed by one of our LLMs. Also a daily motivational video. Worship: Sundays 10am Facebook Live.

Avebury and Upper Kennet
Live morning prayer via Zoom; regular posts, including prayers, on a village website. 
The first mid-week Celtic Communion Service had about 16 participants.

Amongst other things, Rector David Baldwin is posting daily on Facebook, and there is weekly 'Rev Chat' on YouTube and out via social media.

WhatsApp group; Sunday services from 10am via Zoom.

Blandford Forum
Blandford Parish Church offered practical help last week when they posted on Facebook that they had been donated about 50 rounds of cheese or ham sandwiches freshly made, that could be collected and advised people to follow the social distancing and signage at the church.

All Saints: Churchbox directory, calling over 400 contacts, meeting via Zoom, looking out for the lonely & vulnerable, putting 'In conversation with... the Vicar' etc on YouTube. Live streaming on Sundays.
Contact: 01202 041147 / 701822

Bratton, Edington & Imber, Erlestoke and Coulston
There is a weekly blog at including readings, sermon and prayers.
Live-stream worship on Sundays at 10am and Weekdays during Holy Week at 9pm.

Updating our congregation with news by weekly emails; calling everyone on our church electoral roll for a chat and to check they are OK; playing a major role in the village emergency support organisation; publishing the rector's blog; live streaming Services daily from the rector's house from Palm Sunday and throughout Holy Week. Worship on Palm Sunday at 10am; Compline on weekdays at 9pm.

'Tonight in Bridport' on Facebook, with candles and prayer at 9pm.

Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks
Set up neighbourhood support with other groups. Worship live stream on Sundays.
Contact: 01202 700341

Cannings and Redhorn
We've been live streaming Morning Prayer at 9am every weekday morning via Teams and live streaming a Sunday service via Teams at 9.30am each Sunday, conducted from our studies. It's been wonderful to know that people are joining us for these services and we are starting to think about how we might use this technology after the present period of social isolating. We've also set up a Facebook page as well as our benefice website. We have a network of people forwarding emails to people in our communities as well. For those without Internet access people are printing off worship materials and information and delivering these to people. Each of our communities has set up a way of looking after the members of the community. These vary depending on the size of the village.

Chalke Valley
Facebook page; deliveries to elderly and housebound; Monday morning prayer via Zoom.
Contact Debby Underhill:
Chalke Valley thoughts on YouTube.
Daily prayers and reflections posted to Facebook and YouTube by the Revd Catherine Blundell, Revd Canon Jenny Taylor, Revd Anna-Claar and Revd Roger Leake. Weekly service posted to YouTube and available via email.

Clarendon Radio:
Contact David Perry:

Coombe Bissett School
Weekly Collective Worship on YouTube.

Corfe Mullen
Zoom Morning or Evening prayer twice a week. Zoom Life Groups and Prayer meetings. Live streaming services. Our Food bank is open twice a week and busy both with receiving donations and giving them. Worship Every Sunday.

Dilton Marsh & Brokerswood
LPAs & others contacting villagers by phone to support and also assist with shopping or medical appointments, collections by another band of helpers. Team Weekly e-newsletter and pew sheet. Zoom Services. 'Reflections' book produced based on 100 Facebook posts from March 2020, "Today I am thankful for..." A great source of uplifting photos, poems and thoughts for all. Copies available here.<

Dorchester and the Winterbournes Team Ministry is still producing its magazine, which can be downloaded online.

Ensbury Park, St Thomas
Weekly live streams of Night Prayer at 6pm on Wednesday and Holy Communion at 10am on Sundays. A Sunday School meeting on Zoom after Sunday Communion. The Pastoral Team regularly phone-visiting every member of the congregation. Limited supplies of emergency provisions available for anyone in need in the community. A lively WhatsApp group reaching about 75 members with lots of chat, banter and good ideas. Plans for daily live streaming during Holy Week.

Golden Cap
Prayer resources to pray at home, aiming for 9.30am and 5pm.

10am Daily live stream on Facebook (St Mary's Sixpenny Handley), aimed at the whole community. Daily community updates, Bible reading, prayers and a bit of fun. Families' and children's activities too.

‘CoGS Live @ Noon’ daily on Facebook - except Saturdays - with notices, videos from church members and prayer, along with Bible teaching; an encouraging daily text at 9am to those associated with the church, with info about the daily Bible reading, links to 'CoGS Live' posts, and other pertinent info; Zoom and WhatsApp fellowship groups; regular phone engagement with those who aren’t familiar or use the internet; and a number of CoGS members are responding to the needs of the community.

Iwerne Valley Benefice
We are now offering a service on zoom on Sunday mornings at 10am. Please see the Benefice website for details of how to join. Home groups continue on zoom every Monday morning at 10.30 am.

Longburton, St James
Weekly service emailed to our congregation and to others such as our local Mother's Union Group; also organising help for those who cannot get out, shopping collection of prescriptions, medicines etc. Live-streaming on Sundays.

Lytchett Matravers
St Mary's live streaming of 8am BCP Communion, 9.30am Common Worship (a scroll down informal worship), and occasional Facebook video thoughts.

The Revd Alison Sowton has been posting daily messages and Sunday services on the team's YouTube channel, Melksham Team Ministry.

The Revd Lucy Holt is posting a daily reflection on Facebook, and the St James' Church website has information about practical help and becoming a telephone buddy.

Radipole & Melcombe Regis
Morning & Night Prayer live streams, Monday to Friday, 9am & 10pm. Team Rector Tim Clarke and his wife Cherry are producing an e-mail bulletin every 2 days, with a reading, short reflection and prayer.

Red Post Benefice
Praying at 12noon each day, keeping in touch 'virtually'.
Contact Della Jones:

Rowde and Bromham
Benefice YouTube channel for services; ministry team take turns to pray in churches; prayers are available; Thought for the day on Facebook; phone calls and deliveries to the isolated.
Contact the Revd Ruth Schofield:

St Thomas's has 'Church Online': daily messages and a weekly Sunday service from Rector Kelvin Inglis on the church website, Facebook and Twitter.

Sarum College
Exploring Theology, our flagship theology course, is being held online. Contact Jayme Reaves:
Online Blogs and Social Media Presence. See our website blog 'Learning to nourish the Human Spirit' for regular blog posts and updates. We are on Twitter and Instagram. Blog posts 3 times a week; social media daily.
Contact Christine Nielsen-Craig:

The Revd Jo Reid, Associate Priest in the Savernake Team, has like many other clergy and laity from our churches, signed up to a list to be on call out for collecting prescriptions and shopping for those who can’t get out.

St Bartholomew Benefice
The benefice is hosting four Sunday services each week starting with morning prayer at 8.30am, a family service at 9.30am, a Eucharistic service at 10.30am and evening prayer at 6.00pm. Services are broadcast via Zoom, and all are welcome.  If you do not have internet connection, you can join our servies via a phone link by dialing 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240. Details (including links and password) on

The Vale of Pewsey
Our clergy and lay people from around the team are contributing to a Sunday service each week from 8am that is streamed on our website. Requests for prayer can be made there, and there are links to numerous resources including Daily Reflections from our Deanery and Bishop Andrew’s ‘Going to Ground’ series. Our clergy and members of our congregations have volunteered to help local community assistance groups with things like collecting prescriptions and doing shopping. A telephone ‘buddy’ scheme is operating for those who would like a chat. The Sofa Sheet (previously known as the Pew Sheet) is published weekly online with news and pictures from around the Team. Our youth, children and families team (YACHT) is also providing resources for people at home. In particular, the monthly Stepping Stones service is currently done online via the website and existing Facebook page. During Holy Week the leaders produced a daily film that included a craft activity for the children and culminated in a wonderful service of celebration (and great fun!) on Easter Day.

Supporting the work of the local food bank.
Contact the Revd Judy Hill:
Prayers and candles in windows.

West Howe, St Philip's
"We are live streaming Sunday morning worship & midweek prayer via Facebook Live, we have online prayer groups and a Facebook page for prayer needs to be shared... and obviously prayed for. A Worship at Home and Holy Week at Home booklet is available to download on our website and Facebook page so that people can join with us and we can stay together whilst apart. Live-streaming worship on Sunday mornings at 10.15, and Wednesday evening prayers at 7.30pm.
Contact: 01202 581135

West Moors
St Mary's has formed a Community Support Team which is getting shopping for those self-isolating or vulnerable. Telephone pastoral support team in place. Online and emailed worship booklets. Worship live stream on Sundays at 10am.

LPAs co-ordinating shopping and support; new weekly e-newsletter and pew sheet; links to online resources.

Local churches are circulating a fortnightly 'Prayer Diary' that provides recipients with a daily focus for their prayers to God, highlighting frontline medical staff of the NHS, other essential services, and the many volunteer helpers, as well as offering prayerful comfort and practical relief.
Gateway page:

Weymouth Ridgeway
Thoughts and reflections by Team Rector Tim West, and also Revd Brian Ellis and Revd Philip Elliott - on Facebook, through email, and even played down the phone! Live streams at various times.

Weymouth, Holy Trinity Church
Video outreach daily: not live-streaming, but a message recorded each day.

Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas
Worship service via Zoom every Sunday, from 10.30am.

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