Parish of Hempsted with
St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt
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
As a Christian community, we think particularly of those who are anxious and vulnerable. So if you feel able to continue to wear a face covering in church, that would be appreciated. But you no longer have to do so until you come up for Holy Communion or a blessing. Hand sanitiser continues to be made available and at the present time, we will still not share the common cup.
Please do not attend church if you are unwell, continue to be considerate of each other and give people space where possible. Thank you.
Prayers for the City take place in
Discover DeCrypt every Friday at 1.00pm
Coffee, Cake and Conversation takes place
Old Crypt Schoolroom
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.
Coffee Pot takes place on the third Friday of each month
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 -
Christian Aid and VaccinAid Appeals
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
St Swithun’s Church
Please note that St Swithun’s Church will be closed in October and November for essential repairs to the east wall. During this time, services will take place in St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt.
Prayer for the Week
Inspire Lord, not just our actions but also our thoughts; not just our deeds but also our desires.
May our motivation in all things be your will, our passion be your kingdom.
Turn our hearts to your way and give us your vision, so our lives may speak of your love.
Saturday 9 December
12 noon -
Come and join us for some festive treats at the Christmas Fair. Local craft stalls, lucky dip, cakes and produce, guess the weight of the cake, name the teddy bear, raffle and seasonal refreshments.
All money raised will support our three churches.