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The United Benefice of Withington, Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbots, Hawling, Whittington, Dowdeswell and Andoversford, Shipton and Cold Salperton

Church Services

There will be short service using Zoom every Sunday at 10am,
please contact Colin using the following email address if you would
like a link to the service.

After the zoom service it will be posted on YouTube,
you can find the services by searching YouTube for ‘Coln River'

A message from Colin

All Church of England Sunday Worship Services have been suspended and now all our churches are closed.

Our staff team meets for prayer by zoom on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am If you have specific people or situations that you would like us to pray for then please let me know. Our Prayer Chain, or course, will also still function. 
Lindsey Crane will work from home. The easiest way to contact her is
via the office email address or via me.

Church Funerals are at graveside only with up to five family members observing social distancing. There will be opportunity for a memorial service later. Different Crematoria have different rules, but all are restricting numbers. Currently no weddings or baptisms are taking place in Church.

Much work has gone into a Church/community interface to ensure that those who are isolated are cared for, The contacts are as follows:

    Andoversford & Dowdeswell
    Clare Webb - 07758  217906

    Anne Wood - 07973 620279

    Sevenhampton and Brockhampton
    Lynne Jackson - 01242-820408

    Nicola Smith - 07751 220824 and
Nicola de Iong ‭01242 890404‬

   01242 821363
   07901 978193

We are holding a weekly zoom service at 10am every Sunday which is subsequently posted on YouTube. All those on the weekly Benefice Mailing get an invitation to this. If you are not on this list but would like to join us you would be most welcome. Just let Colin know at

 For now I copy below some prayers from the Church of England web site that you may like to use.

With love and prayers


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From one who is ill or isolated

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.