Please tell your older friends about DAILY HOPE.
Daily Hope is a response to the nearly 3 million older people living in the UK who cannot access the internet and who now find themselves even more isolated and cut off from those around them. Many are struggling with anxiety and fear.  Please tell older people who you know about Daily Hope.  It’s for people with no access to the internet.
It’s a FREE phone line so that they can listen to hymns, prayers, daily reflections, and a choice of church services.
When you phone, the call is answered by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Try it now!  Tel: 0800 804 8044

Information from West Berkshire Council see link here

26 March: Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest guidance 

Updates to guidance

  • All church buildings are closed
    Our church buildings are now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice.
  • Funerals, weddings and baptisms
    Emergency baptisms can take place in a hospital or at home, subject to strict hygiene requirements. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice. Funerals may now only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside - this is to ensure physical distancing and infection control. With regard to numbers attending a funeral, we are aware that there are at times differences of policy between that of the national church, funeral directors and crematoria. The national church are looking into this matter presently. For your safety and that of mourners, may we encourage you to keep to the national church policy wherever possible.   See FAQs on this page for more.
  • Leaflets and palm crosses
    Single-use leaflets and cards may be delivered to households as part of daily exercise. Do not make a special journey to deliver items and ensure good hand hygiene in the preparation and delivery of leaflets. Guidance from the bishops regarding the distribution of palm crosses will be published soon.  
  • Security
    Please arrange to keep an eye on your church for theft or vandalism. Ask members of the congregation to pass by the church during daily exercise to ensure all is well and ask church neighbours to get in touch with you if they spot unusual activity (especially anyone on the roof). 
  • Additional resources - mental health, volunteering and parish HR
    1) understand mental health and wellbeing individuals may be facing
    2) a listing of local authority volunteering hubs and resources
    3) a new section for parish HR. We will update this page regularly.
  • Other recent updates
    APCMs and annual parish meetings, and  safeguarding during the crisis


Thank you very much for the many and varied live streaming contributions that have been offered across the Diocese at such short notice. Equally, we are very aware that not everyone has the technology or IT skills to live stream and we really don’t expect every church to suddenly begin live streaming, and definitely don’t want anyone to feel that they have to be live streaming or that they are failing in some way if they aren’t able to.

There is a Diocesan service live-streamed at 10 am each Sunday. Details, together with a list of other parish streams can be found here:

For parishes and clergy who are live streaming - this cannot take place inside the church but is permissible from homes. The stream must be operated by the person presenting or a member of their household. 

Your contact details
If you are a church officer or post holder in the Diocese we will be getting in touch over the next few weeks to request that you check that the contact information we have is correct. You'll get an email with a link to a page that will show you the main contact details we hold and the posts we think you occupy.

If any of the details are wrong, out-of-date, or missing you will have the opportunity to correct them online. This will be a huge help to us as we try to improve our records and the quality of communication we can offer you. If you have any questions about the process contact Philip Hind (01865 208262,

Advice for Parishes regarding securing and caring for Church Buildings during the current pandemic - click here

Churches now closed to Clergy - see articles below

Lastest information from the Archbishops of the Church of England  - 24th March 2020

Coronavirus Community Co-operation

Further to Rev’d Tim’s Benefice letter – and specific to Kintbury – here is some information about support systems which are being developed in response to the current emergency.  This information is as far as we have reached at the time of going to press – it may well have evolved by the time you read this.

The church, the Volunteer Group, the Handybus, the Corner Stores and the surgery are working together to support the whole community as well as we can – and we are asking for people to put forward their names to be part of this Community effort so that we can reach everyone in Kintbury when they need us.  If you are not in the current “at-risk” category and are willing and able to help, please contact Richard on 0742 1133 466.

You should, by now, have received a flier giving you this information.

We are offering a shopping / prescription collection service for anyone having to self-isolate, who may not have local people available to fetch essential provisions.  If you need to make use of this service, contact one of the numbers below to be put in touch with one of the volunteer members.  Orders made up by the Corner Stores can be delivered, other essential shopping carried out, prescriptions collected, and regular phone checks made, to people living on their own who need to self-isolate.

The volunteer will phone you in advance to advise when s/he will be placing your shopping outside your door with no direct contact between the two of you.

01488 657119
01488 657911

Kintbury Volunteer Group & St Mary’s Church Kintbury 

Lastest information from the Archbishops of the Church of England - 17th March 2020


Hello: If you are self-isolating because of the Corona Virus, please ask if you need help.

Please just call, text or email the ministry team and they will find someone local to help you.If you require help perhaps with urgent supplies or may be just a friendly phone call,

(If the volunteer needs to exchange any items at all,  or bring anything to you, they will arrange to leave things on the doorstep.)

Contact details:

Revd Tim Wood 01488 669261

WBB Office: Alex King   Email:



Loving God,
We pray for all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, may they know your healing power.
When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage.
When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence.
Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all.
We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.