Parish of Hempsted with
St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt
Next Messy Church…tbc
As we continue to move forward cautiously, sadly the virus has not gone away. Loving kindness is needed as we balance differing expectations and respect those who are nervous or have additional vulnerabilities. We ask therefore that people continue to wear a face covering in our churches to protect others. There is no need to phone ahead if you wish to attend a service; please just turn up -
If you would prefer to continue to sit socially distanced in church, please inform the sidesperson. All those who enter are encouraged to use hand sanitiser and we encourage everyone to make use of the QR code or sign in for the purposes of Test and Trace. For your reassurance, we are maintaining our current cleaning regimes and doors continue to remain open to ensure the best possible ventilation. Please be assured that we will review these covid measures regularly.
Rev Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector
God of tradition and of change,
you lead your people ever onwards with
gentle touch yet insistent Word.
Give us the grace to seek you,
the honesty to engage with you and the courage
To interpret the Gospel to your world;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.
We are very happy to carry out christenings, weddings and funerals for all those who live within our parish boundary,or have a connection with our churches.
If you would like to have your child christened or
to be married in one of our churches, then please
contact the Rector, Canon Nikki Arthy on
01452 523808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Please send any prayer requests to
The Family Haven’s
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St Swithun’s Churchyard
The PCC has been alerted to a number of old headstones in St Swithun’s churchyard that are now dangerous: immediate remedial action is required to make safe. Please check notices in the churchyard to see if a family grave is affected. April 2021
Safeguarding is a key priority in the life of the Church.
Within our parish we reaffirm our commitment regularly.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact
our Parish Safeguarding Officers:
Roxy Nicholls t:01452 507676
Mary Gould t:01452 419840 or the parish clergy
Diocesan Safeguarding Link -
Had your vaccination yet?
Why not give thanks by making a donation to Christian Aid. Generosity in thanksgiving for vaccinations -
Christians have worshipped in Gloucester for many centuries. Here in the Parish of Hempsted with St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt,Gloucester we are proud of the fact that we have care of the oldest parish church in the city, St Mary de Lode.
Along with the other churches in the parish, St Mary de Crypt and St Swithun’s, we are part of the Church of England in the Anglican diocese of Gloucester. Parish life is centred around the weekly celebration of the Eucharist as we continue to witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ in the city centre and Hempsted. We do this in a growing partnership with Gloucester Cathedral as together we serve the city.
We welcome people who are established in their faith and those who would like to know more.
Do come and see.
Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector
Prayer for the New Year
Lord of time and eternity,
at the turning of the year
we ask your blessing
upon us and all the world.
Turn our hearts to your heart,
our wills to your will.
Fill us with desire
for peace and justice,
integrity and truth.
Give us passion to pursue
the common good.
This we pray through Jesus Christ
our friend and Saviour. Amen. Bill Braviner