We welcomed Paul Boddam-Whetham, along with his wife Nicci, as our new Rector in February 2016. Paul is the 39th minister in post in this beautiful country church .
Let us tell you a little bit about our church.
St. Bartholomew’s is a beautiful medieval building set at the heart of the village. It has been very well cared for and provides us with a marvellous light area for worship which is cool in summer and very warm in winter. The acoustics are excellent.
On a typical Sunday morning about 130 people meet for worship – about half live in the village and the others come from outside. We are very much an all-age congregation with significant numbers from each decade of life up to and including nineties! We have a crèche and various children’s groups (up to teenage) so that the congregation reduces by 25% when the children leave the service for their own activities.
|19 May||11:00||Funeral of John Lyford||St Bartholomew’s Church|
|23 May||10:30||Pentecost: Service of the Word with Holy Communion||St Bartholomew’s Church|
|24 May||12:00||Wedding of Nicole Barber & James Harding||St Bartholomew’s Church|
|25 May||00:00||Funeral of Denise Hathaway||Garford Crematorium|
|26 May||11:30||Funeral of Ivy "Bubbles" Godfrey||St Bartholomew’s Church|
To see all events – take a look at the Events page here
We have a number of special events through the year, with our unique Fritillary Sunday each April as the highlight.
We like to celebrate the seasons and often do so with food – pancakes, picnics and harvest suppers. We value our relationship with the local primary school and regularly host their events in the church.
The website will show you that we have a number of midweek activities – bell ringing, handbell ringing, housegroups, Lent discussion groups, Alpha courses, Julian meetings and more – but we do not have too many as we feel it is really important that church members do things other than church!
If you are looking for a church, we do invite you to come along and join us. We can assure you of a warm welcome and a style of worship which we feel is appropriate for an English village at the beginning of the 21st century.