Previous Updates




Getting Started with Zoom

Joining any Zoom service or meeting is free and possible in just a few simple steps:

Download Zoom

  1. After you have downloaded Zoom, you can join the meetings you wish by clicking on the meeting URL - the blue underlined link to the web - that is included below. This should be all you need to do.  So just go to this page a couple of minutes ahead of the meeting you want to join and click!If prompted, click on ‘Open Link’
  2. If you would prefer to join the meeting by dialling in from your telephone, please ask for details. This is more complicated and you will be charged for the call but it is an option for joining in.


Zoom are updating their software

After May 30, 2020, all Zoom clients on older versions will receive a forced upgrade when trying to join meetings as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.

Zoom are also talking about giving all meetings a mandatory password. If this happens the weekly email Update will have let you know what password will be needed for each meeting.

Zoom Meetings


Sunday Prayers in Exile

We gather and say hello from 10.45am

The Service starts at 11.00am.

You can view this service on-line or download it in advance at:

Following the Service we will have a further time to chat. You may even wish to make coffee!

To join this Zoom Meeting please click on


Every Thursday - Listening to God

9.25 - 10.00 am

To join this Zoom Meeting please click on


Every Saturday - Zoom Coffee Hour

Drop In 10.30 - 11.10am 

Please drop in on line for coffee and chat whenever suits you between 10.30am and 11.30am on a Saturday morning

You provide the coffee and whoever else is online will provide the chat. 

To join this informal Zoom gathering please click on


On-line resources


On-line Reflection

There will be a new Reflection on-line around 6.00pm each Saturday evening.

You can find this at:

You can see this with pictures of our churches on the Stow Facebook page at:



Previous News


Phone the Archbishop of Canterbury:


A new ‘Daily Hopeline’ has been launched


Call free 0800 804 8044


Archbishop Justin Welby answers your call with a short message followed by a choice of options:


Press 1 to listen to hymns we love with a series of short talks based on the the well loved hymn.

Press 2 to listen to a different daily hymn.

Press 3 for the Prayers which are specific for the Coronavirus pandemic.

Press 4 to hear options 5 to 7:

Press 5 to hear a Church of England weekly Service.

Press 6 to join in with traditional Morning and Evening Prayers.

Press 7 to hear the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Press 0 to hear the first menu.


Please share this information widely, particularly to those without the internet.


National Resources:

Please follow this link to find:

  • Daily Prayers
  • Services to listen to and to print out


Diocesan Resources:

Please follow this link  to find up-to-date messages and prayers from our bishops


Cathedral Service for the bereaved:

Our Cathedral is there for us all, and, especially at this time, for those who are suffering bereavement in the current crisis caused by Coronavirus.


At an appropriate point in the future, the Cathedral will offer one or more services for all those who have lost loved ones throughout the diocese at this time, whether due to the virus or not.


Because funerals are currently so limited in size and scope, the Cathedral feels it would be helpful to offer a bigger occasion to honour the memory of loved ones in addition to any local memorial services that may be held. Personal invitations will be arranged for those who would wish to attend in due course.


Deanery Project:

The North Cotswold’s Deanery is engaging with the Feeding the 5,000 project. The project has already delivered over 2,000 meals to homes in our area. There will be more details of how you can support this project in future Updates.


Closure of our Church buildings

Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast on March 23rd the archbishops and bishops of the Church of England have required that all church buildings close with immediate effect, including for private prayer, in an effort to help limit the transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19.

St Edward’s is now closed for the duration of the present emergency. Heating, water and electrics have been turned off in compliance with insurance requirements. We had already put all the service books away. The village churches are shut too.

July is the earliest we may see a gradual easing of these restrictions and eventually the return of some socially distanced worship in our buildings.


Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

There will be no church weddings until further notice; funerals will not take place inside church buildings and the only baptisms will be emergency baptisms in a hospital or at home.

Only immediate family members can now attend a funeral (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.

Helpful on-line resources have been published for those unable to attend funerals, including the opportunity to light a virtual candle.  These are available through our website. The link is: Until further notice the The Diocese of Gloucester has now waived all of the fees for graveside burials and services in Crematoria whilst the current lock-down arrangements continue