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 Meetings


Access details are in each week's Update


Sunday Prayers in Exile

We gather and say hello from 10.45am

The Service starts at 11.00am and last around half an hour.


Every Thursday - Listening to God


9.25am - 10.00 am

We look together reading from the Bible and share what strikes about it afresh.







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:

Online Reflection is currently taking a Summer break.


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. Please see the dedicated link.


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.  The village churches are shut too.

Churches can currenlty only re-open for supervised individual prayer.

Churches cannot yet be left unattended.

Following consultations, all of our Churchwardens are unanimous that we are not in a position to re-open our churches on this basis. We also doubt whether those who like to pop in for space, reflection and prayer would welcome the need to make an appointment or to be supervised in what are usually private moments.

Our churches will therefore remain closed until such time as they can be used, and left open, without supervision.


Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Socially-distanced occasions are possible from 1 August. Only small numbers are permitted and it is always possible that the guidance may change at short-notice. Please enquire for details.