Easter allowed us to keep vigil, walk the way of the cross, meditate and pray together – wherever we were – and come to the joy of being inside our church buildings again! 

We hope you will be able to join us at the following services:

SUNDAYS

9.30am-St Swithun’s, Allington
11.00am-Holy Trinity, Bradpole
11.00am-St Mary’s, Bridport

WEEKDAYS

Some weekday services will also be offered (as below) but please check our Team Pew-sheet for the latest details/variations:

Monday 10am Morning Prayer in St John’s West Bay

Tuesday Private Prayer 10-12noon in St Mary’s, South St Bridport with 2.30pm Service of the Word in St Mary’s Bridport, Eucharist on second Tuesday of month.

Wed 10am Morning Prayer Holy Trinity Bradpole then 2.30pm Eucharist only on the first Wednesday of the month

Thursday 10am Eucharist in St Swithun’s Allington followed by private prayer till midday.

Thursday 10am Eucharist St Mary’s Walditch on first, third & fifth Thursday, with Morning Prayer on 2nd and 4th Thurs

Friday 10am Eucharist Holy Trinity Bothenhampton on 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month, 2nd & 4th Fri Morning Prayer

Saturday 6pm Evening Prayer St John’s West Bay on the fourth Saturday of the month only.

ONLINE

9pm LIVE ZOOM Compline (night prayer) on Tuesdays & Thursdays – request link: maggiecrosbie@hotmail.com

Streamed service viewable here on our website 10.30am Sunday (see Home page) and via Facebook. 

We plan to gradually transition to a fuller Service Rota in the coming weeks and months, offering a choice of worship for those in our Parish.

Don’t forget you can Dial 01308 538 187 to listen to a Bridport Team Ministry service

Going forward… we are about to conduct a member survey (May 2021) regarding Sunday Services post-lockdown which might result in two services @ 9.30am and one other at 11am or later. Keep an eye on this website for decisions/details.

Any plan relies on all our churches being ‘COVID safe’ which involves keeping ‘track and trace’ records/scan QR code, as well as stewarding (to manage social distancing) and thorough cleaning after each service.

“I am looking forward to us being a worshipping community again in the wider sense, so it will be wonderful that more of us can be together,” says Revd Deb Smith.

Face masks are mandatory in places of worship. Anyone entering a church, whether for private prayer, an organised service or other reason, must wear a face covering. 

The Church of England has updated its coronavirus guidance to reflect the new law. It states that there are a few exemptions: anyone leading a service, or helping the service leader by reading, preaching or leading prayer, can remove their mask, although they must replace it at times when it’s impossible to maintain social distancing – particularly when distributing holy communion.

Singing by members of the congregation is still prohibited in church.

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Lorna Johnson being ordained priest

The service was conducted at St Mary’s Church by the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne. It was a small gathering to comply with Covid restrictions, and was not open to the public, although it was shown live on Zoom and Facebook. The ordination had been due to take place last year but this plan was derailed by the pandemic and because Lorna was unwell. She is delighted, however, that the service could finally go ahead – particularly because it was on 2 February, the feast of Candlemas.

“It’s a time halfway between midwinter and the spring equinox, when we look for early signs of spring, the signs of hope that we all need in these hard times,” she says. “My ordination was a very special night and although we were physically distant, I felt very much we did it together. My journey as a minister has had a few extra steps because of the pandemic and my ill health, but I am now fit and well and excited about this next stage. I’m also very grateful for all the teaching, practical support, wonderful company, love, and prayers that have supported me along the way, as well as for the flowers, cards and presents from my generous friends and colleagues.”

To mark the occasion Lorna will be given a very special earthenware paten and chalice (the plate and goblet that hold the bread and wine for the Eucharist service) which potter Jill Pryke is making. Lorna also received a set of small pieces made by Jill, who lives in Bothenhampton.

Pictured above are (from left): The Revd Deb Smith, Team Rector; the Revd Lorna Johnson; the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne; the Revd Helen Croud, Team Curate; and the Revd Pete Stone, Team Vicar.

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