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Latest Online Service : 27th September 2020 – 16th Sunday After Trinity – Reflection

Welcome from Rev’d Christopher Giles.

Welcome to the Stourhead Benefice website. As of 6th May 2020 I have taken up the post of Rector to serve the eight parishes that make up the benefice.
I look forward to the coming months and years ahead and being part of these wonderful communities.

The ministry team will continue to say morning and evening prayer on behalf of the parishes. In the meantime the Rector, Fr Chris Giles, is happy to offer pastoral support and to receive inquiries about weddings, baptisms and funerals by email stourheadbenefice@gmail.com or on 01440 762901

Our pastoral work and prayer ministry remain active and working. We can all still be connected with one another through phone calls, emails and through our website, as we plan to post services and information here.  Hope, love and prayer are the three elements that will bring us strength in these difficult times.   Our churches have stood through many trials and tribulations over the centuries and we know that in Jesus Christ we find hope and love.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty, shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, My God, in whom I put my trust’. For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with his wings And you shall be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.” – Psalm 91

The Church of England have a variety of resources online for use at home which may conveniently be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer and https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Prayer

We pray at this time that you, your friends and those you love are well. We keep praying for all those in need during this pandemic as we continue this period of lock-down – the ministry here remains open for business. We pray for those that govern our country, world leaders and for the NHS. Above all, we keep praying for one another. Although we are unable to gather together to worship and socialise we are working hard to keep in touch with everyone and to keep God’s work here active across the parishes.

Finance

Thank you all particularly for your prayers and support for each other, and thank you to all of you who are supporting us financially.  Through the lack of our gatherings, weddings and funeral income, money coming in has fallen, but we still have regular outgoings and our parish share is about to be increased. If you are able to contribute financially, ideally by standing order this would greatly be appreciated as we continue doing God’s work here. Please contact your Church warden ( contact details on the website) so they can liaise with the treasurer to provide the bank details.

Please be assured of the prayers of the ministry team for all of you.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us for prayer or conversation.

With every blessing

The Ministry Team

Licence information CCL no 635929    Streaming licence no 1441713

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law to strengthen data protection for people in the UK and Europe. It will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. We are preparing within the parishes of the Stourhead benefice for the introduction of the new legislation, and working towards compliance. A data privacy notice is available upon request.

Promoting a Safer Church
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