Shaped by God Together - Bishop Martyn's Synod Address

Bishop of Leicester has recorded the main content of the address he gave at the start of the Leicester Diocesan Synod meeting of 9 October 2021 so that we can share what he said with a wider audience following the Synod’s vote in favour of a new Minster Communities framework. 

You can also find a summary of  Diocesan Synod here.


Step Four ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ and the 

Barrow and Wolds Group of Churches.

(From Monday 19th July 2021)

As you will all be aware the UK Government has withdrawn the legal requirements in England around Coronavirus measures from Monday 19th July. Responsibility for our behaviour and the safety of all passes to us as a group of churches and as individuals. We are guided in this by the national church, our local leadership team and by our Christian faith. St Paul writes to the Philippians; “Look out for one another's interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:4-5)

As such, whilst facemasks are no longer mandatory, we ask you to continue to wear them especially when moving around the building for the protection of all our congregations. Likewise, we will reduce our social distancing signage but continue to keep some pews cordoned off for the time being to encourage social distancing. (Though not during weddings, funerals and baptisms.) We ask you to continue to make space for one another, and particularly to respect the wishes of others. We will no longer implement a one-way system, but please continue to avoid congregating in the aisles.

Keeping some pews closed will help with the re-introduction of singing, and we know that many of you will be pleased to hear that we will return to congregational singing of hymns from Sunday 25th July. 

We will continue to make hand sanitiser available at the door, along with the NHS App QR Code, and a paper track and trace form. We encourage you to use the sanitiser and complete track and trace for yourselves by either of these means.

From Sunday 25th July we will have a collection on arrival instead of passing a plate during the service, this will be bought up during the offertory hymn and blessed. 

There will be no change to our current practice for the Eucharist (Holy Communion) the congregation will continue to receive in one kind only, maintaining social distancing and wearing a facemask when coming forward.

We understand that there will be mixed feeling among our congregations about the changing restrictions, please be assured that your wellbeing is at the heart of our decision making. We will continue to keep our plans under review as necessary. If you would like to discuss any of this, please feel free to contact one of the clergy or members of the leadership team. We urge you to continue to pray for our churches and all in our congregations as we navigate how we can best live with this virus. 

Rev’d Clive Watts and Rev’d Fiona Cotton-Betteridge

17th July 2021

Weddings  & Baptisms Return!

It was a great joy to join with William and Rosanne, their family and guests as we celebrated the first post lock-down wedding in our group of churches on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd May at St Andrew's Prestwold. We wish them a lifetime of love, joy and happiness.

The following day we celebrated the return of Baptisms with the baptism of Joshua at St Andrew's Prestwold. His Mum wrote "It was a lovely service and great to see our families in the same place at the same time! It had been a log time. It is wonderful that Joshua is now baptised too."

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A Service of Rededication of the Barrow-upon-Soar War Memorial.

A special service of rededication of the Barrow-upon-Soar War Memorial and the Memorial Tablets of St Alban, Roman Catholic Church was held on teh morning of 22nd May, exactly 100  years after the War Memorial was first dedicated. Rev'd Clive Watts from Holy Trinity Church, Fr Clement Orango from the Roman Catholic Church, Rev'd John Pugh Methodist Minister and Rev'd Neil Jones, Lead Minister for Barrow Baptist presided together at teh service. The Roll of Honour was read my Mrs Mary Payne who's father served in the First World War, being awarded the Military Cross, and took [part in teh original dedication ceremony. Cllr Sandie Forest laid a floral tribute on behalf of all organisation and people of teh village.

You can watch the full service here...


Coast to Coast Bike Ride

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You might remember from last month a story about Tom Boldrin and Jez Bowman, from our congregation at Holy Trinity, planning a coast to coast bike ride between Morecambe and Flamborough Head.  It’s with great pleasure that we are happy to report their successful completion of the ride after seeing them off on their bikes from the Trinity Sunday service just a few weeks ago.  They completed the ride in the planned three days, covering 187.5 miles and over 10,000ft of elevation climb.  Fortunately, they enjoyed the fine weather at the start of June but still found the ride a physical and mental challenge.


Tom and Jez chose to support the Carpenter’s Arms (, a local Christian organisation which delivers real results in turning around the lives of those suffering addiction leading to the breakdown of relationships, homelessness, financial hardship, illness and offending; at the Carpenter’s Arms, broken lives are made new through Christ.  While they set out to raise £1,000, the generous donations in aid of this very worthy charity significantly exceeded this target and the final amount raised was an amazing £1,673! 


Tom and Jez wish to convey a massive thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to help them exceed their fundraising target for the Carpenters Arms or supported them through prayer and good wishes for their ride.

To donate to their campaign, please visit: or scan the QR code using your mobile device.

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New Reader Minister Licensed - Mike Hyde

Congratulatons to Mike Hyde, licensed as a Reader Minister for the Barrow and Wold Group of Churches. .

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