The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lapworth, is a beautiful medieval building situated in the Warwickshire countryside.  The church is interesting and attractive to visitors, who are warmly welcomed.  Find out about the church and community here.

SERVICES:  Details of planned services can be found here.

COVID ARRANGEMENTS:  21/01/2021 – The church remains open for individual prayer and there are services on Sundays, and sometimes on other days.  Funerals (limited to 30 people) can be arranged. Key information on the Covid arrangements can be found here.

CHANGES TO THE SERVICE SCHEDULE:   In these COVID times the plan for services can change rapidly.  We will endevour to keep this website up to date.  The service schedules cna be viewed here.  Each week (usually Thursdays) the Rector sends an email to parishioners about what is happening in church in the coming week.  If you would like to receive the email please tell the Rector by email to patrick@gerard.net.

LIVE STREAMING AND ONLINE SERVICES:  Every Sunday we make a service available online.  Very often this is the 11am service, which is live streamed.  Online service are available here.   Alternatively search YouTube for the channel  “Lapworth and Baddesley Clinton Parish Churches”.

CHURCH OPENING TIMES:  The church building is open each day from 9am until 5pm for individual prayer.  Please follow the COVID guidance displayed just inside the door.

RESOURCES FOR LENT 2021:  Lent is a time for spiritual disciplines which draw us nearer to God, and prepare us for Easter.  The online world now offers us lots of resourced to help us live Lent well including these:

Local – Reflections for Lent  These are 40 minutes Zoom sessions with local people on every Wednesday evening in March, starting at 7.30pm.  Each session will include:

  • A bible reading
  • A short reflection on the reading from a well-known Christian writer
  • An opportunity for comment or discussion, for those who want to speak
  • The session will end with Compline (Night Prayer) said together

Each session works on a stand alone basis, or you might like to “attend” them all!
The Zoom links and booklets for Compline are available from our Reader, Clare Kimpton, kimptonclare@yahoo.co.uk,  Tel: 01654 782808.

Birmingham Diocese – Poetry for Lent and Lockdown  Poetry has been a source of help and strength to many people throughout this last year. Each Wednesday Bishop Anne will invite someone to share and read a poem of their choice, and talk about how this speaks to their experience of the pandemic and their journey through Lent. Each new film will be available on each Wednesday in March from 4pm on the “CofE Birmingham” YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVTJWT3HxYZ5pbjALLJbNIA .

The national CofE – #LiveLent: God’s Story, Our Story  This app is offering a daily reflection, each day until Easter Day (4th April).  These encourage us to reflect on our own story of God and how we might share it with others.  There is also a weekly theme mirroring the themes of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book, Living His Story.  Find the app at https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/live-lent .  Or shortcut directly to the pdf of daily family activities for Lent: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/LiveLent%20Family%20Reflections%202021.pdf

 

SAFEGUARDING: Questions or concerns about the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults should be addressed to the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Clare Hill (01564 782218, Email: clairelouise165@hotmail.com). Claire also acts as Parish Domestic Abuse Contact.  Alternatively you can contact the incumbent, the Revd Patrick Gerard (Tel: 01564 782098, Email: patrick@gerard.net) or you can contact the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser (Tel: 07342 993 844 Email: StephH@cofebirmingham.com)