From 23rd March all churches had to remain closed due to the coronavirus. The Prime Minister announced on Monday 23rd June that places of worship may re-open from 4th July, providing certain conditions are met and government guidance is followed.
On Saturday 31st October the Prime Minister announced that churches have to close from midnight 4th November until 2nd December, except for private prayer. During this second lock down, churches can remain open for individual prayer, which is defined as a person or household entering the venue to pray on their own and not as part of a group, led prayer or communal act. If you arrive at the same time as someone from another household, please wait to enter until the church is vacated.
Following the PM's announcement of a national lock down on 4th January, the government did not suspend public worship and services continued in all four churches in the Benefice. The church opening hours for private prayer remain unaltered.
Notification was received from the Director of Public Health for Buckinghamshire Council and from the diocese that communal worship should not continue during lockdown and so on 20th January the decision was made that all Church services will be suspended until further notice. Church buildings may still open for private prayer.
The churches in the Benefice are open as follows:-
Great Brickhill Church:
With the interior work at the church virtually complete, from 5th September the church is open daily. As before the pandemic the church will be open every day between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
During the pandemic and while the building work was being done, the church was open once a week for socially-distanced private prayer on-
Sundays:- 10.00am - 12 noon
If anyone would like to would like to visit the church for private prayer outside of these times, arrangements will be made for you. Please get in touch with:- Julia Turner 01525 261618 email@example.com or Phillipa Cook 01525 261521 firstname.lastname@example.org
There is hand sanitizer available at the entrance and we ask that you read the guidance provided on the blue notice board as you enter the church. Much of the church has been cordoned off and all bibles, books etc have been removed. Please take your own bible or other reading matter with you. There are chairs available near the altar should you wish to sit and say a prayer, or merely enjoy the wonderful space.
Visitors outside of normal services are asked to sign the registration sheet in a red folder at the entrance to the church. If you are able to, please use the QR code on display as you enter the church.
Bow Brickhill Church:
If you would like to go into the church, please contact Stuart Leeming on 01908 372032 email@example.com
Little Brickhill Church:
If you would like to go into the church, please contact Alison Packer on 261569 or Sarah Lawless on 261721.
Stoke Hammond Church:
If anyone would like to visit the church, please contact Diane Webber 01525 270409 firstname.lastname@example.org