Our six churches resume public worship from Wednesday 3rd Dec.
Adhering to current regulations means it is not quite ‘business as usual’ but all our churches will now be open on a set weekday and three churches will open for Sunday services, one of which will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube, also available on demand on this website.
Services on weekdays start at 10am (unless otherwise indicated)
Monday-10am-St John’s, West Bay
Tuesday-2.30pm-St Mary’s, Bridport
Wednesday-10am-Holy Trinity, Bradpole
Thursday-10am-St Swithun’s, Allington
Thursday-10am-St Mary’s, Walditch
Services on Sundays are as follows:
Sunday-9.30am-St Swithun’s, Allington
Sunday-11am-Holy Trinity, Bradpole
Sunday-11am-St Mary’s, Bridport
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.
Going forward… our new schedule should give worshippers a choice of three churches on Sunday mornings, plus a range of midweek services. All the BTM churches will hold at least one weekly service, offering a choice of worship for those in our Parish. “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.
Christmas Eve “Midnight Mass”
6pm SS Allington (Eucharist)
8pm HT Bothenhampton (Eucharist)
10pm HT Bradpole (Eucharist)
11.30pm St Mary’s, Bridport
Christmas Day (all services start 10am)
St Mary’s, Bridport
Holy Trinity, Bradpole
St John’s, West Bay
Holy Trinity, Bothenhampton
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.