LATEST CHURCH UPDATE!!! 30/12/2020 (Following Government Guidelines)

Local Lockdowns however,

St Mary's Church can stay open!!! 


The guidance for churches within lockdown has not changed at this time, and public worship (including baptisms, weddings and funerals) may continue  in line with the Government guidance and advice.   This means that services can continue at St Mary’s, including our Walsingham Mass (9.30am on Thursdays) and Parish Mass (10am on Sundays).  The Churchwardens and I continue to ensure that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are adhered to.    


I am conscious of those who will not wish to attend worship in the light of the increased numbers of cases, and St Mary’s will continue to offer live-streamed and recorded worship via our Facebook Page, YouTube channels and church websites, together with the national Church of England online weekly worship, daily audio prayer services via the Time to Pray app, and the Daily Hope telephone line for those who are unable to access the internet (Freephone 0800 804 8044).  St Mary’s folk, please let your Prayer Partners know, keep them informed and up to date, and continue to support and pray for one another.  Thank you.

How to act in and around Church


As we welcome folk back into church for public worship, for everyone’s wellbeing and peace of mind, please note the following: 

  • Please do not gather in groups of more than six people when entering or leaving the church building. 


  • Entry and exit is by the South Porch only. 


  • Please do not enter the building if you are displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus.


  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit to the church building, if you visit the toilet whilst in church, and before you receive Communion.


  • Please sign in when coming to church, using your own pen, to help the NHS Coronavirus Test & Trace.


  • The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in church buildings (unless you are medically exempt from wearing masks, or are leading the service or part of the service).  If you are able to wear a facemask, please bring one with you.


  • Please maintain social distancing


  • There should be no mixing between households


  • The kitchen area is closed to reduce the church building’s cleaning regime.  For the same reason, the Children’s Corner is also closed. Families are encouraged to bring suitable books/toys etc for their children and have them with them on their pew.  Whiz Kidz leaders are providing an activity pack each week for children to take away with them. 


  • You are welcome to light candles as an aid to prayer, but please use your own lighter/matches.


  • Please bring your own Bibles to use and Order of Service if you have access to a printer (if not, an Order of Service can be provided for you).  The Orders of Service can be taken home and brought back to use again the following week. 


  • There will be no physical sharing of the Peace.


  • Choirs are allowed to sing in churches (congregations are not yet allowed to sing).  Our organist, Philip Miles, and our Choir will be singing hymns and songs to us on Sundays.  


  • The priest (and anyone who helps prepares the elements) will sanitise their hands before touching the elements, and again after the priest has administered them to himself and before offering the bread to communicants.  If others assist in preparing the elements, then hand hygiene and physical distancing precautions will apply.


  • Communion will be administered in one kind only with no sharing of the common cup. The celebrant alone will take the wine, consuming all that has been consecrated; other communicants will receive the bread only, in the hand.  As the Church of England Liturgical and Faith and Order Commission has made clear, this is still ‘complete communion’.  In order to minimise overall risk, intinction (dipping the bread into the wine) is not to be practised.


  • In order to avoid touching the altar rail and to maintain physical distancing communicants should not come to kneel at the altar rail, but instead they should form a line maintaining two metres distance to receive the bread from the priest.


As ever, there is no pressure to receive Communion if you feel unsure.  Some may prefer not to receive Communion physically but to receive a blessing from the priest, or to receive ‘Spiritual Communion’ instead.  In the case of the latter, the following prayer can be said by the individual whilst remaining in their pew during the Distribution:


Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.  Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.  (Prayer of St Richard of Chichester)  


As ever, additional advice and guidance can be found at:

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St Mary the Virgin and All Souls Church
Welcome to St Mary the Virgin & All Souls, Bulwell.
There has been a church building on this site since 1134 AD.

St Mary’s is the spiritual home for a loving community of people who share a faith in Jesus Christ.
We try to be inclusive in everything we do, welcoming everyone regardless of race, gender or orientation.

We are what some might call “High Church” and so our choir and servers are robed and our clergy wear vestments. Incense is used occasionally. However, we are not stuffy – we like to enjoy ourselves!

  On our new and improved website, you will find an array of information about what we enjoy and what we try - "with varying degrees of success" - to do well. Please use the menu at the top of the page for more information, and please get in touch if you have any questions.

We hope you will come along and give St Mary’s a try – perhaps even join us – we look forward to welcoming you.
Upcoming Events (see our events page for further details)

Thursday 25th Feb 2021

St Mary's Church Bulwell- Walsingham Mass

9:30-10:30 Church is open for Walsingham Mass. This will be available on our Virtual Church page and Facebook Live.





28th Feb 


St Mary's Church Bulwell- Sunday Lent 2

10:00-11:00 Church is open for Parish Mass. For those at home please keep an eye out on our Virtual Church page for a recording of Sundays Online Worship by Father Andrew. 





Throughout February 2021

St Mary's Church Bulwell- Food Bank

We are the satellite centre for the Bestwood and Bulwell foodbank. Please pop along on a Wednesday. Food distribution takes place in the West Room at St Mary’s 1pm -3pm Wednesdays starting January 5 (after the Christmas break). For voucher holders.

Food Bank

Throughout Lent 2021

St Mary's Church Bulwell- Lent Appeal

This year we will need to repair/ replace the leaking vestry roof and, long term, look to retiling the whole church roof (which is too heavy for the roof timbers and causing them to distort). Whilst we have some funds to help towards this vital work, we do not have enough, so we will need to fundraise.  If you are able to contribute towards this necessary work, or have any ideas for future fundraising, please see Fr A or Rev Bob; Eleanor and Roy (Churchwardens) or Peter (Treasurer).

Lent Appeal

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