Anglo-Catholic Churches in Bath
Leaving the centre of Georgian Bath and crossing the river Avon by the world famous Pulteney Bridge, you are already in the Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, shortly to be joined on your left side by the Parish of St. John the Baptist. Together these form the United Benefice of Bathwick.
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am writing once again with details of our public worship at the Bathwick churches. As previously advised, St Mary’s church (roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill) remains open for worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday mornings (both at 10.30am) and St John’s church (opposite the fire station on Bathwick Street) on Sunday mornings (at 9am) and Thursday mornings (at 10.30am). Other services are suspended until Tuesday 18 August during my current period of annual leave. The streaming of Mass on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and of Evensong on Sunday evenings to Facebook will recommence at that time. I am most grateful to clergy colleagues covering services during my absence.
For the time being, both church halls (and refreshments) will not be possible. There will be no singing although we hope to have some organ music before and after Sunday morning services. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND UNLESS DISPLAYING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR IN THE SEVERELY VULNERABLE CATEGORY – although you will need to observe appropriate social distancing and hand hygiene etc. Communion will be restricted to the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated bread) only, and the Peace may only be exchanged verbally (i.e. without any physical contact).
As advised a week ago, face coverings are now compulsory in churches from Sunday 9 August unless a medical exception applies.
Please find attached the weekly notice sheets (9 August and 16 August) and service sheets for the next TWO Sundays St John’s (9 August and 16 August) and St Mary’s (9 August and 16 August). If you are planning to attend on either (or both) occasions, it would minimise the number of individuals handling papers if you can print your own copy if possible and bring it with you – but spare copies will be available at church for those unable to do this. Also attached are the two noticesheets from The Society (09-08-20.pdf and Assumption.pdf).
With my continued prayers and best wishes for you all
Revd Peter Edwards
Rector of Bathwick
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To view the latest mass streamed by Fr Peter or on our Bathwick Benefice News Group page. (click the Facebook icon above) or on our YouTube channel – Bathwick parishes, view here
To view Easter Services click here
A resource leaflet (Coronavirus – Prayers for the Long Haul) prepared by +Jonathan Ebbsfleet specifically for lay people to use throughout this period of lockdown – you will find a wealth of prayers which you might like to use.
Or alternatively you may wish to use this resource.
It offers worship to do at home during Holy Week, whether for a whole household in family prayers, or for individual Holy Week Devotions. Click here.
Other Resources click here
Interest has been shown in the Requiem which was said at Walsingham last year at the 100th Anniversary of Fr Dunn’s death. The requiem service and homily can be found on St John’s pages or click here for the service or homily