COVID 19 Updates

COVID 19 Update April 2021
Public worship will resume in each church on Sunday 18 April.

Please be aware that all the COVID precautions in place before lockdown will continue:
Masks must be worn, and please continue to observe the one-way system around the buildings.
Social distancing must be observed within the building and grounds.
Only the bread will be served at Communion.
There will be no congregational singing.

Please do not linger to chat with those outside of your family /social bubble.


COVID 19 UPDATE MARCH 2021
The PCC’s have decided at their most recent meetings to continue in lockdown until the re-opening of public buildings on 12 April – our first services in each Church will be Sunday 18 April.

Holy Week and Easter Worship at Home resources are being delivered to each household on the Electoral Roll, services and service liturgies are available here. I wish you a very blessed Holy Week, and a joyous Easter when it comes.

COVID-19 UPDATE February 2021
After discussion with PCCs and wardens it has been decided to continue in our dispersed state of worship until the end of the national lockdown, hopefully mid-March.
It is with great sadness that we find ourselves unable to keep Lent in any gathered physical form, but with the virus risk still so high and the vaccination programme still rolling out, Lent must be kept at home for this year. Resources for Lent are being sent to those on the electoral roll and are available to download here. I hope you will find these useful. You don’t need to use all of them, but hopefully in among the suggestions there will be something that will help guide you into a Holy and Blessed Lent. Lent is a time of prayer and preparation and the idea that we are all at prayer with one another, even if from within our own homes, is the way in which we are kept together as the Body of Christ at this particular time.

Annual Meetings The extension granted last year to allow Annual Meetings to take place up to the end of may continues this year. St Peters Annual Meeting will take place 2 May, and St Philips 16 May. Finally, please do continue to stay safe, and please do be in touch if you need assistance of any kind, whether practical or spiritual.



COVID-19 UPDATE 8 January 2021
In consultations with the Church Wardens and PCC’s of both parishes, it has been decided to suspend in-person worship at St Peters, Penhill and St Philip’s, Upper Stratton. Worship materials are currently being produced for home use, and services will be available online at 10am each Sunday, here and on Facebook .

This decision has been taken to protect the worshipping community and the wider community as the rates of infection continue to rise in Swindon, and to continue in solidarity with our friends and neighbours unable to spend time together in various different ways. We will review this decision at the beginning of February, and continue to monitor both government guidance and the local situation.

Wherever we worship, and whenever we worship, the church is not closed, merely dispersed. We are continuing to pray, we are continuing to serve our community in various different ways. If we can help you during this latest lockdown, or if you would like to be added to the mailing list for “Worship at Home” please do contact us

Foodbank at St Peters, and St Philips Pre-school remain open to those who need them.
Both churches remain open for funerals, under strict guidelines.

COVID-19 UPDATE 23 December 2020
With news that Covid-19 infections are are on the the increase in Swindon, and that we are to move into Tier 3 from Boxing Day, the Clergy and Church Wardens of St Peters and St Philips have taken the decision to cancel the Outdoor Carols on Christmas Eve at both venues.  Our priority is that the people in our communities continue to be safe and well.

Many thanks for your support and every blessing for a safe Christmas.

COVID 19 UPDATE – 1 December 2020
As we come out of a second lockdown and return to public worship, please continue to keep safe.

People must follow the restrictions on social mixing set out by their area’s local restriction tier and adhere to social distancing between households.

Face coverings must continue to be worn within church (unless you are exempt for medical purposes), hands sanitised on entrance and exit, and social distancing must be maintained throughout the service.

Swindon is currently Tier 2, meaning people must not mingle indoors with anyone they do not live with or have formed a support bubble with.  Please make your way to your seat and remain there, unless you have a particular role to play in the service.

As before lockdown, the services will be Communion services unless otherwise advertised, and communion will be served in one kind only.  Please continue to observe the one-way systems in place around the building. If you are unable to come forward to receive communion, please let us know and communion will be brought to you in your seat.

If you do not currently give by standing order, we are unable to collect your church gifts, but we still have some bills to pay.  Please do consider changing to Standing Order or Bank transfer if you bank online – contact us for help setting this up.

COVID 19 UPDATE. 1 NOVEMBER 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the National Lockdown beginning Thursday 5 November, both St Philips, Beechcroft Road, and St Peter’s, Penhill will be closed for public worship. However private prayer is permissible in church, under strict guidelines.

The Foodbank at St Peters will remain open, as will the Pre-school at St Philips.

Remembrance Sunday 8 November, St Philips Church will be open for private prayer from 10.30-11.30am. The Last post will be sounded at 11am

Armistice Day, Wednesday 11 November, St Peters Church will be open for Private prayer from 10.30-11.30am. The last post will sound at 11am.

Both Churches remain available for funeral services, with a maximum attendance of 30 people


COVID 19 AND CHURCH LIFE

Worship upon return to Church – June 2020
Video walkthroughs of changes to the buildings are available:
St Peters
St Philip

Foodbank referrals continue, and I am pleased to state that St Peter’s distribution centre is once more open on a Tuesday Morning between 10.00-12.00

If you do not currently give by standing order, we are unable to collect your church gifts, but we still have some bills to pay.  Please do consider changing to Standing Order or Bank transfer if you bank online – contact us for help setting this up.

We will move forward as a church, we will be changed, our world may be slightly different, but we are held in the grace and love of God.