Churches to open for private prayer

The government has announced that individuals can now enter places of worship for private prayer (from 15 June).

All churches and other sacred buildings have been closed to the public since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in late March, although following revised guidance from the House of Bishops, members of the clergy have been allowed to enter church buildings to pray or broadcast since early May.

Under the latest change, to ensure people comply with social distancing regulations, individual churches will have to manage the number of people coming in. For this reason there will have to be a member of the church team in the building at all times while the doors are unlocked.

The Bridport Team Ministry hopes to open its churches on a rota basis from Saturday 4 July. In practice this means that one of the six churches – St Mary’s in the town centre, St Swithun’s in North Allington, Holy Trinity Bradpole, Holy Trinity Bothenhampton, St John’s West Bay and St Mary’s Walditch – will be open for a couple of hours each day from Monday to Saturday.

“During lockdown we have come up with all kinds of imaginative and meaningful ways to continue as a community of prayer, but we know many have missed being able to come into church,” says the Revd Deb Smith, Team Rector. “We are now preparing to open our church buildings for private prayer. We need to do this safely for all, and we rely on the time and commitment of church members for this.”

Details of the opening times will be available soon


Christian Aid Week 2020: an update

Our fundraising for Christian Aid Week 2020 brought in a wonderful final total of £989.55 – and the real total is higher as we know many more donations from Bridport went directly to Christian Aid.

Additionally, the Revd Ann Ayling raised £301.50 from the two Lent Lunches that were able to go ahead.

Thank you so much to our wonderful young helpers who made fundraising films and to everyone for your life-transforming support and solidarity with our neighbours of all faiths and none in these difficult times. Love really does unite us all.

The Revd Lorna Johnson & Jill Henderson


Vacancy: Bride Valley Churches

Church administrator – part time (10 hours per week) at £10 per hour depending on experience

The Bride Valley Churches are looking to recruit a gifted and flexible administrator who is:

  • An excellent communicator
  • Highly organised and efficient
  • Proficient in IT skills with an understanding of social media
  • Warm, welcoming and courteous with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Sympathetic to the aims of the church

For an informal chat about the role please phone the Revd Jane Williams on 01308 898799. Please email for a copy of the job description and person specification. 

Applicants should submit a CV with an accompanying letter outlining what makes you a good candidate. Please send this by email to or by post to: The Reverend Jane Williams, The Rectory, Burton Bradstock, Bridport. DT6 4QS

The deadline for applications is 6 July and interviews will be held during the week beginning 20 July.

The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and two references will be required.