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,
As I wrote to you last weekend, the Bathwick parish churches will be among the first to open their doors for public worship on 5th July – and this is a cause for great thanksgiving and will mark the first step in returning to normal patterns of worship. St Mary’s church (roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill) is now 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 private (i.e. non-public) services will be offered on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings, and Sunday evenings, and these will continue to be streamed via the Bathwick Benefice News Facebook page. Both churches will be open for around 30 minutes before each act of worship, and for about an hour afterwards, to enable private prayer.
For the time being, both church halls (and refreshments) will not be possible, and toilet use must be reserved for emergency use only. There will be no singing although we hope to have some organ music before and after Sunday morning services. ALL WILL BE WELCOME TO ATTEND UNLESS DISPLAYING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR IN THE SEVERELY VULNERABLE CATEGORY – although you will need to observe 2m 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 physical contact)
Please find attached the weekly noticesheet and service sheets for St John’s and St Mary’s which is intended for you to use on Sunday. If you are planning to attend, 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 is the weekly bulletin from The Society (05-07-20.pdf)
For those unable to attend, the Sunday morning service from St Mary’s (at 10.30am) will be streamed live on the Bathwick Benefice News page on Facebook and copied afterwards to the Bathwick parishes YouTube channel.
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