In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. This applies to St Margaret's and St Peter's so there are no services at church until further notice, but see the notice below about an online service.

In the light of the Prime Minister's announcement on the 23/03 the church building is now closed, even for private prayer, but of course the church is, of course, a group of people and they will continue to worship, pray, and serve the community. 

This coming Sunday you will be able to join an online act of worship led by our vicar Kevin Flanagan via online video, from the vicarage.
Join with others at 10 o'clock to pray and reflect together.


How can I watch?

Today - Update

Due to the slowness of the system we are having to change the time of the shared service to 11.00 am. Really sorry, but we are in new territory! You may need to reload/refresh this page. 

Go to 'St. Margaret's Church & St. Peter's Church' channel on YouTube by clicking on this link
or copy and paste it into your browser.

There is a very short video on there at the moment for you can click on, to check it works for you and to amuse you a little until Sunday. Kevin and Jayne

On Sunday at 10.00 am click on the link again, to join us to worship and pray.  

You can watch it later if you need to. If you would like to comment afterwards send an email message to the church office. Why not plan to ring or text someone afterwards over a coffee?

Download and print the order of service here.

order of service

Serving the community
Church members, like so many in the community are helping those around them survive and thrive in this unprecedented situation. This message is going out from the village of Wolston: 

St. Margaret's Church want and are able to support people in our parish who are self-isolating, vulnerable or lonely in need of hearing a friendly voice over the phone. As the Church office is not occupied our contact is via the community helpline 07384 756779, just tell them you want someone from the church to contact you.

For the latest news from the Church of England go here

The Serving Christ team in the diocese has produced an excellent sheet of helpful resources for children, young people and families.

Our vicar Kevin Flanagan has written a letter to the St Margaret's congregation and to the St Peter's congregation.

Ways to worship, learn and grow, when you can’t be at church

The spread of Coronavirus globally is a serious situation, many of us will be concerned for loved ones. Some will be feeling anxious and uncertain what the future holds.  

As Christians, we believe in a God who is faithful in every situation we face.  We know that He comforts the anxious, the broken-hearted.  He is with us when we experience fear. As a church, we want to remain positive and faith-filled and we are praying for everyone who is affected locally and around the world.

A video message from Bishop Christopher.

What can I do?

Here are some suggestions:

  • A detailed list of resources.
  • Trinity Church in Cheltenham have a YouTube channel
  • BBC Radio 4 have a Sunday morning service at 8.15 and on TV a BBC1 service at 11.45.
  • Premier Christian Radio
    • The Big Sunday service is at 7am, 8am and 10am.
    • Search for Premier on your DAB Radio.
    • Search for Channel 725 on your TV and listen in.
    • If you have a smartphone there is an app called Premier Christian Radio/Gospel.

Here are some suggestions from the Church of England website:

The Archbishops in their letter to us says this:

"Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead.

Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.

We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.

Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it. Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open. There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable, so do continue to play your part in those."

You can also read the whole letter.

Handwashing - a Wolston resident read that Soap and Water is preferable to bleach and other interesting facts about cleaning techniques - read the whole story here.

Finally, we don’t want to add to people’s anxiety, but there are probably no more scams than normal, and inevitably fraudsters will be switching tactics to take advantage of new opportunities.  The City of London police have issued advice here. Worth looking at!

St Margaret's church... under normal circumstances...

Our Church is a warm, friendly, family-based church in the village of Wolston, serving the villages of Wolston, Brandon and Bretford. We welcome people of all ages from babies to over 90 year olds!

We aim to live out Jesus' teaching in the 21st Century through lively worship and Bible-based preaching that is both meaningful and relevant in today's world.

Where is the Church? By the War memorial there is a turning to the Church and St Margaret's School. Go over the brook, past the school, across the cattle grid and keep going! You can find a map here. You can see the Church across the field from the Main Street through the village.

Contact us? You can phone or visit the Church Office weekday mornings from 9.30 -12.30 am. It is located upstairs at the Baptist Church by the Co-op. More contact details are available here.

St. Margaret's is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. Please read our safeguarding page if you want further information about safeguarding, including how to contact our parish safeguarding officer.

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