Information point including provision in the pandemic
About St Gregory's church
St Gregory's is a church that believes in Jesus Christ, a church that loves God and people.
St Gregory's is a traditional Anglican Christian church that has served the village community of Marnhull for many centuries and we welcome you here today.
Keeping up to date
You can find current ideas, resources and information on this website and on our main church Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stgregschurch
And for children and families on our Tea Service Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stgregstea
At this time of global pandemic we are offering prayer and support for one another through pastoral telephone contact.
Please inform Revd Gaenor if you would like to be contacted 01258 821605 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also fully supportive of the volunteer led Marnhull Village Care.
Coronavirus affecting our church life.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many changes to our church life together as well as bring its challenges.
Public Worship (updated Jan 2021)
All public worship has been suspended until the third national lockdown has been rescinded. This means that we cannot gather as Christians on a Sunday morning in church.
Revd Gaenor will continue to say the Daily Office at home – please email prayer requests to her.
We will have a short act of worship on our Facebook page at 10am on Sunday using the worship resources for the day followed by social contact via Zoom at 11am for coffee. See Our Sunday Service page for Zoom access details.
Opening for private prayer on a Sunday 2-4pm and Wednesday 9-11am.
Under current government and national church guidance we ask that you would kindly help us to be able to SAFELY keep it open by:
- ENTERING CHURCH ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY SELF ISOLATING OR SHIELDING AND DON’T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS.
- PLEASE USE THE HAND SANITISER PROVIDED AS YOU ENTER AND AS YOU LEAVE.
- PLEASE KEEP TO MARKED OUT SPACES (2m/6 ft 6″ APART) UNLESS YOU ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSEHOLD.
- THE TOILET AND KITCHEN AREAS ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO USE.
- PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU AND DON’T LET THEM RUN AROUND.
- PLEASE INFORM OUR CHURCH VOLUNTEER IF YOU SUDDENLY FEEL UNWELL.
- PLEASE SIGN IN YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR OUR TRACK AND TRACE RECORDS-OR USE THE CHURCH QR CODE ON ENTRY
Weddings, baptisms and funerals
Inevitably these services have been radically affected by the current Covid-19 outbreak. Weddings, baptisms and funerals mark important transition moments in people’s lives, and as such are public and open occasions. Culturally we gather as family, friends and community to support people in these times of joy and sadness. Things are different for now:
In accordance with Government instructions there will be no Church weddings at the moment unless there are exceptional circumstances
In accordance with Government instructions there will be no Church Baptisms at the moment.
Funerals can take place for upto 30 people only and only immediate family should attend and those aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions are strongly advised not to attend.
Everyone attending a graveside service must adhere to Government guidance on social distancing. Please follow the directions of the officiant if you are attending a service.
While naturally those present may wish to shake hands or hug, all present should refrain from doing so in light of guidance on physical distancing.
The church recognises how hard this is for families to bear and will work with you to find the best ways in the days round the funeral to connect with family and friends.
If you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are acutely aware of what a difficult time this will be. We will do our best to explain any changes or delays which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions – for example, to the burial of ashes – but we are here to support you and to ensure a Christian funeral and burial can still be provided.
There is also the option of a memorial service of thanksgiving for your loved one that can be given when the current restrictions on gathering are fully lifted.
Please speak to Revd Gaenor if you would like to talk about any of these matters.
National support during the pandemic
Please look at www.churchofengland.org for plenty of worship and prayer resources.
Daily Hope. A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections 24 hours a day while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus received more than 6,000 calls in the first 48 hours.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched Daily Hope as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes, during the lockdown period.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services in mind.
Callers to the line hear a short greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.
The weekly online service is available from 9am each Sunday and this, as well as the full range of national resources, can be accessed on the church online page. This is all provided by the Church of England Communications team.
Salisbury Cathedral celebrates 800 years
This year is the 800th anniversary of the founding of the new cathedral in Salisbury. A creative if somewhat more limited programme of virtual events are available online and can be accessed via the cathedral’s website, including the YouTube Service of Thanksgiving
There are other worship and prayer resources via the Diocesan website www.salisbury.anglican.org and the diocesan Facebook page.