Coronavirus and our church
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with the Government's instructions, all Church of England churches are now closed to the public and all public worship has been put on hold until further notice. Sadly, this includes baptisms, weddings and funerals. However, clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are still available to take funerals at crematoria or gravesides.
Every service and midweek event at St Mary's and St Paul's has therefore been suspended. That includes church events which some people hold in their homes, such as home groups, and everything we do at Bishopstoke Park and Stoke Knoll.
Despite this, the church remains alive and active. We continue to worship and pray at home, and to care for each other and our community through phone calls, emails and practical action.
Some members of our church and community are able to do shopping, collect medical prescriptions and collect/deliver other essential items or post (excluding money) for those who are unable to go out. They all have the appropriate DBS check and Safeguarding training. If you would like us to do that for you or someone you know in Bishopstoke, please contact us here:
If you have questions about faith, other concerns or needs, or would like us to pray for you, you are very welcome to contact our Rector, Richard Wise, via this website or by phoning 023 8061 2192.
Each week we are producing Sunday services which people can use to worship at home, and you can find them here:
Some appropriate prayers from the Church of England can be found here:
If you are concerned about your mental health and wellbeing, or that of someone else, you may find this helpful:
At this time in particular, it is good to remember that the church is people, not buildings, and God promises to be with us wherever we are. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while we are separated from one another.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength... Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”