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Letter from Churchwarden Gill Long – January 2022

by St Bartholomew's

Dear Friends Here we are at the beginning of a new year. I’m writing this in the time between Christmas and New Year, it always feels very unsettling for me. I have had the excitement of Christ’s birth, though somewhat subdued this year, and I now await the arrival of the New Year with renewed […]

Christmas messages from our Bishops

by St Bartholomew's

It was a different Christmas for many, and many churches, this year.  This year some of our Christmas services have looked a little different as we all continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Bishop Steven and Bishop Alan have both sadly been unable to attend and preside at Christmas services this year due to falling […]

Christmas services: an update

by St Bartholomew's

Apologies for the confusion arising from our decisions to cancel or amend services over Christmas which are based on our concern for public safety amid a very transmissible Covid variant. Rightly or wrongly, we err on the side of caution. The situation now is: The service of the word at 10.30 on 19th will go […]

An update from the Wardens- the effect of Omicron

by St Bartholomew's

The Lay Ministers and myself held a meeting this evening primarily to discuss the question whether the Carol Service should go ahead given the sudden rise in Covid infections. On the latest projections these could, and probably almost certainly will, surpass 100,000 a day by next week. Regrettably we cannot square the circle of maintaining […]

Letter from Churchwarden – December 2021

by St Bartholomew's

Dear Fellow Members of St Bartholomew’s So, almost the end of another year, and just as we thought things were getting better re Covid, along comes another mutation to knock us, and the Government, backwards. Our plan is to keep St Bartholomew’s as safe as possible, so that means masks, social distancing, hand sanitisation, and […]

Letter from Churchwarden Gill Long – November 2021

by St Bartholomew's

Dear Friends I can’t believe that I’m writing this for November. The past year seems to have flown by so quickly for me, and Christmas is just round the corner. We are now two months into our official vacancy. As you know a lot of work has been done in preparing for the next stage […]

Letter from Churchwarden Roger Barnes – October 2021

by St Bartholomew's

Dear Fellow Members of St Bartholomew’s Margaret and I are literally just back from our annual tour in the motor caravan, I say annual but we didn’t have one last year. On returning home I’m trying to sort through the piles of emails which generally get ignored when I’m away, so apologies if something I […]

Wardens’ Letter: From Gill

by St Bartholomew's

September 2021 Dear Friends, So now we are in an interregnum (vacancy), which can be very challenging for all of us but also a period for reassessment, steady growth and development. Some of us may be experiencing something of the pain, joy, challenge, loss and gain that comes with an interregnum. Please be reassured that […]

PCC decision: updated protocols for church attendance

by St Bartholomew's

UPDATED PROTOCOLS AS AGREED AT THE PCC MEETING THURSDAY, 22nd JULY, 2021 It has been agreed by the PCC that for safety reasons we will continue to ask people to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, social distance and not have any communal singing. We will continue with the singing group. Holy Communion will be offered […]

Letter from The Rector – July 2021

by St Bartholomew's

Dear Friends, it has nearly come to that “time to say goodbye” and Nicci and I hope our departure from Ducklington will leave the church and village in good heart and voice as society begins, slowly, to open up again to a post-pandemic normality. As I look back over the five years that I have […]