Is communal (‘in-person’) worship allowed? Is it happening? (Answer: Yes and No!)


In the 7 parishes of the Benefice each PCC makes a decision in conjunction with the incumbent (vicar) concerning the appropriateness of in-person worship in the present circumstances.


Immediately following entry into Tier 4 having consulted widely, I approached each PCC to propose that we suspend in-person worship across the Benefice until at least Ash Wednesday (17th February). This was on the basis of:
            - the increasing transmissibility of the virus;

            - the duty of care in protecting congregations and especially those who are vulnerable;

            - ensuring we do not add to the pressures on the NHS.


The 50 members of the various PCCs decided unanimously with a 100% response to adopt the proposal, albeit with a sense of inevitable reluctance.


Since then a lockdown has been announced in which communal worship is still permissible. We feel the right course of action has been taken, in which we are expressing love and care for people, over and above a desire to meet in church.


All our churches are still open for individual private prayer/visiting and are being cleaned. Funerals will still be held following strict protocols, including a maximum of 30 mourners or less according to the maximum covid capacity of the church building in question.


Worship continues via zoom with a real sense of being a community together that is open for anyone to join. Links of the twice weekly worship are posted on our website and available to all. Hard copies of materials are available on request. If you would appreciate a phone call, have a prayer request or are looking for support that we can give please get in touch.


For an invitation to zoom worship (Sundays 10.30am, Wednesdays 7.00pm) please email me (contact details at the bottom of the page).


It is a hard time for so many, our best thoughts and prayers are with you… Philippians 4:5-7 says:

…’Let gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, With thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’…


Our churches remain open for private prayer 

St Mary's, Bleasby                                Sunday

St James, Halloughton                          Sunday

St Michael's, Hoveringham                   Friday

St Denis, Morton                                   Sunday and Wednesday

Holy Trinity, Rolleston                           Sunday

St Peter's, Thurgarton                          Saturday

St Peter & St Paul's, Upton                  Tuesdays - Sundays (closed on Mondays)

Our services are on Zoom started in March 2020 and have been a success in connecting people and providing our weekly services to those in the Benefice and beyond.  We record the service and it is on our website
We will be continuing these services until November when we will review our worship programme again in the Benefice.

Please email if you would like to be included.

Wednesday 6.45 for 7.00pm a short, traditional ‘end of day’ prayer/reflection time called ‘compline’. Short, quiet, no sermon. 

Sunday 10 for 10.30. Virtual Sunday services Holy Communion or  Morning Praise For Everyone. Started in March 2020 the service usually lasts just under a hour. 

Our Prayer Box at St Denis in Morton

The prayers will be collected, unread to be anonymous
and to preserve your confidentiality.
During our Sunday morning Zoom worship, they will be collectively held and offered to God.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

Benefice of West Trent
Seven Parishes One Benefice
Always a warm welcome. The seven churches in the Benefice of West Trent are traditional churches, with a strong sense of community and village life.  Seasons are a strong focus with the farming featuring in many of our villages. Each church having it’s own Parochial Church Council and character.  Many of the churches go back centuries and have interesting historic artefacts.
The Benefice of West Trent part of Southwell & Nottingham Diocese  in the Newark and Southwell Deanery 


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.


If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Benefice or for any of the 7 parishes:
The Revd Phil White or Mrs Christine Salter

To raise a safeguarding concern in the Diocese contact
Cath Cooke (Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)
Tel 07917 693285, Email:

Out of Hours for Children & Adults:
Nottinghamshire: 0300 456 4546
Nottingham City Council: 0115 876 1000
Bawtry: 01302 796 000

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The Revd Phil White                                     Paula Carlin - Administrator
Mobile: 077 200 100 66                                Tel: 07419176021
Email:                   Email:

Safeguarding Co-ordinators:   

The Revd Phil White                                     Mrs Christine Salter                      



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