Covid-19/Coronavirus Crisis

Covid-19/Coronavirus Update - September 2020

Some of our churches are now open for worship and private prayer. Details are below.

St George

  • Shortened Communion service every Sunday at 10am, with distribution of bread only and no singing
  • No need to book - just turn up
  • Please wear a mask, apply hand sanitiser (provided) on entry and leave your name and phone number
  • Sit in the marked pews and follow the one-way system
  • No refreshments after the service - please move outside before talking to friends
  • Also open for private prayer Wed 1 - 4pm, Sun 8:30 - 11:30am

St Mary

  • Eucharist every Sunday at 8am and 9.45am. Please book EACH week with Trudy ( if you wish to attend either service.
  • Eucharist every Wednesday at 9.30am - no need to book
  • Contemplative Prayer Group meets every Wednesday at 5pm 
  • Church is locked outside service times

St Peter

  • Holy Communion (BCP) every Sunday at 9am
  • Holy Communion (Order 1) every Sunday at 10.30am
  • Both services are abbreviated and arranged in accordance with COVID-19 requirements
  • No need to book - just turn up
  • Benefice Prayer Group meets in the Hardye Chapel at St. Peter's Church every Friday at 10.30am for half an hour, with appropriate spacing and hand sanitising
  • Open for personal prayer 10am - 4pm every day

West Stafford

  • Service every Sunday at 11.15am

Winterborne Monkton

  • Holy Communion service on the first Sunday of the month at 11.15am

Compton Valence and Winterbornes St Martin, Abbas and Steepleton

Covid-19/Coronavirus Update - Churches Closed

Following the government's announcement last night, we regret to tell you that all church buildings are closed until further notice.

However, we can still keep in touch with one another on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also now have a YouTube channel where we will post the occasional video.

You can also register an account with this website, which will allow you to log in and contribute to our Forum.

There are also resources online for those hoping to find a virtual service - see Church Online - Virtual Services While Regular Services Cancelled.

And because we all need to remember that the Church is the people, not the buildings, we've chosen to illustrate this article with this excellent cartoon by Dave Walker of, which really says it all. (Click on the thumbnail to view the full-size image.)

Church Online - Virtual Services While Regular Services Cancelled

With all of our regular church services currently cancelled, you may want to try some of these virtual alternatives. 

Mothering Sunday service from the Archbishop of Canterbury

This Mothering Sunday (22nd March), the Archbishop of Canterbury will be leading a special service which will be available as follows:

The Church of England website

The Church of England's Online church page has links to daily prayers, special prayers for the Covid-19/Coronavirus crisis, and various other resources.

A Church Near You 

A Church Near You has details of all the churches which are live streaming events such as services, Bible studies and prayer meetings.

St John's, Yeovil

St John's, Yeovil is having a live 'virtual service' on YouTube at 10.30am on Sunday mornings. View it at They also have an archive of previous evening services (recorded, of course) at

St Aldhelm's, Weymouth

St Aldhelm's, Weymouth has a YouTube channel at containing readings, reflections and prayer time, including Morning Prayer and Night Time Compline (9am and 9pm).

Coronavirus Announcement

Following the announcement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on 17th March 2020, we regret to inform you that all regular church services are cancelled until further notice. This does not affect arrangements for weddings and funerals, for which the ministers involved should be consulted directly. - UPDATE: Weddings are also now affected, please contact the minister.

Our churches will remain open as usual for private prayer. If you do come into church, we ask that you keep as far away from other people as possible, and wash your hands before you come and after you get home. - UPDATE: Churches are now closed.

We will be looking at ways for us to keep in contact and share worship during this time, so watch this space for further information.

Covid-19 / Coronavirus Advice for Churches

*** Latest advice on Coronavirus, updated 12th March 2020 ***

All Church of England clergy have now received the following guidance:

It is our view, in light of the continued increase of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom, that it is now necessary to suspend the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace, blessing or "laying on of hands".

We therefore advise that all priests should:-

  • Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;
  • suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the peace;
  • suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’.


This means that from this Sunday, anyone coming up to receive Communion will only be given bread, and not wine. During the Peace, please greet your neighbour without making physical contact. You can still smile, wave and say "Peace be with you"!

More Information

The Church of England has published advice for Churches on Coronavirus / Covid-19. It can be found here:

There is also a page on the Salisbury Diocese website about Coronavirus. It can be found here:

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