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Saturday August 28th


Special Service of Reflection and Thanksgiving at 10.00am this Sunday

Improving audio-visual facilities and connectivity

Can you help our new churchwarden as church re-opens?



Dear Friends,


Special Service of Reflection and Thanksgiving at 10.00 this Sunday


With ‘Freedom Day’, July 19th, now some weeks behind us and with most of the opportunities we enjoyed before the pandemic now re-opening, the time has come to start re-opening our churches. St Edward’s will re-open on Saturday August 28th.


This Sunday, August 29th, we will having a single service for the whole Benefice at 10.00am in St Edwards.  There will be elements of Reflection – especially remembering those most affected by Covid -19. There will also be a time of Thanksgiving for the things that have helped us cope in the last 18 months.


The service will be followed by refreshment giving us all the opportunity to raise a glass with others we may not have seen for a very long time. For those who wish a short 15-minute Communion service will follow at 12noon. This will still be following our Covid protocols.



Consultation is underway to improve the audio-visual capability and connectivity of St Edward’s


This project is designed to benefit worshippers, the Stow community and our visitors. By installing a discreetly positioned projector, screen, video cameras and improved loudspeakers, we will be able to improve the quality of streamed services for those unable to attend church in person and include extra video material and music during services. Also, while travel remains difficult, those who are unable to attend special services like weddings and funerals will be able to participate from anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will be able to offer extra options to community groups such as Music at Stow and creatively improve the St Edward’s experience for visitors.


To read more about this please visit:


Our application was submitted on 23rd July and has gone through all the preliminary review and documentation stages. We were authorised on 20th August to begin the 30-day Public Consultation phase.  You can learn more about the project by attending public meetings on Thursday 2nd September. There will be a presentation in church at 1730 and on Zoom at 1930. To access the Zoom presentation please use this link: 


Whether or not you can attend the meetings, you are welcome to comment by letter or email to The Diocesan Registrar at  Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA (email: by 19th September 2021.


Please include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is on the church electoral roll, or any other basis for your interest.



Can you help our new churchwarden as church re-opens?


Back on 8th August, an extraordinary Vestry Meeting unanimously elected Desmond Watson as our second churchwarden. Desmond is married to Valerie and they moved into Aubrey Mews between lock-downs. Desmond will be taking a lead in various routine arrangements that keep things on-track at St Edward’s.


The coming Bank Holiday weekend seems an appropriate time to re-open St Edward’s. We have instigated a more rigorous weekly cleaning regime and are looking to complete a rota of people who can help lock and unlock the church. Desmond will be delighted to receive any offers of help, but the pressing need is to find people willing to share the duty of locking the church on a Saturday afternoon.  If you would like more details of what is involved, please ring Desmond on 831489.


The Sunday Prayers sheets and ‘Service Essentials’ sheets that you will need in the weeks ahead will be available in due course at: . You will already find a copy of this week’s special service there.


The Benefice DIary for September and October is now available here


The next update will be no later than the week leading up to Sunday October 3rd.


With my best wishes and prayers,




Get connected to St Edward’s


We have been experimenting with live-streaming some of the Stow services to Youtube. The Stow, Condicote and The Swells benefice now has a public Youtube channel at


It only has two videos at the moment, but more will appear.


Please help us today by clicking on the link above and subscribing to the channel. Please also invite your family and friends to to so too. We need a fan base to develop the service!


As well as this public access, we now have experimental live-streaming of Stow services. This is only available to those who have the link, which for the time being will change from week to week.


If you can’t be there in person, please ‘tune in’ via the link – and click on ‘Subscribe’ while you are there!


If we can get 100 subscribers, we will have more control of the channel and this should include having one permanent link for all of our streamed services.


Other News:


With so much still happening on-line we have made our website easier to navigate:


There are three places that you will find most helpful.


1    The latest news will be at ‘Latest Update’


2    All links to services and meetings are now listed in one place under ‘ON -LINE LINKS to Services and Meetings’.  There will be a link for each Sunday which will take you to the Zoom service or to the live-stream from Church.


3    Everything you might wish to download can now be found under ‘Things to Download’. This is where you will find the relevant Sunday Service material and the Thursday ‘Listening to God’ sheet.


You can also find the latest national information and other resources under the Covid-19 tab on the website. Please check this at any time.

Click here for the latest national information