Church News

Church News

All scheduled church services are of course conditional on government regulations at the time and on the health of the people due to lead them. We will send out emails week by week if there are to be changes, so please look out for more up-to-date information. We also put details on the village website . Revd Karen has started leading Zoom Sunday morning services once a month - do join us if you would like to, by getting the link for these from Elaine our benefice administrator: see below for email address.


 Karen is also doing a weekly cuppa and chat informal get-together for an hour on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm. If you fancy a bit of company and friendly conversation, please ask Elaine for the link. It is the same link each week so once you have it, hang onto it and use it next time you want to join in.


Please note that our annual church meeting will be held on Monday 26 April at 7pm; whether this will be by Zoom or in the church is yet to be decided. Again, details will be circulated by email nearer the time and posted on village notice boards. Everyone resident in Tockenham may nominate or vote for churchwardens; there are 2 positions and currently only one is filled (Mike Cook is our churchwarden). The rest of the meeting is for members of the church electoral roll. If you are already on the roll and are content to remain on it, you don't need to do anything. If you are on it and want to come off, or if you are not yet on it and would like to be included, please contact Pauline Arnold before 8th April - 01793 854157, email


We are now in Lent, the 6 week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter. A booklet for  use at home for daily worship in Lent is available - for this, and for all queries about services please ask our benefice administrator Elaine on


Other things to remember this month:

We are keeping the church open for private prayer each Wednesday. It is now 10.30am to dusk, and please pop in any time between these hours for a time of quiet reflection and prayer. Everything you need for track and trace recording and for sanitisation is provided.

The box for the Food Collective is in church, so on a Wednesday  please think about bringing a gift for this - toiletries, cleaning materials, packeted or tinned food all appreciated.

To catch up with news of what online services are being arranged each week, please sign up to the benefice mailing list by contacting Elaine Leighton our administrator, at to have your name added to the circulation list for details, and to receive the link to that day's service.

Please remember that both our ministers, Rachma and Karen, and also some of the church members in the village, are praying for everyone. If you have any particular prayer requests please let Rachma know (see below for email and phone contact) or Mandy ( or Ken and Pauline Arnold on 01793 854157.


If you wish to contact our Rector by phone or email please do so -  phone number 01793 731134

Church news

The current lockdown arrangements mean that we are still allowed to open the church for private prayer. The church building will be open each Wednesday from 12 noon until 4pm; please do feel free to come in and sit peacefully, praying or reflecting as you wish. Thank you to everyone once again for the magnificent donation for the Swindon Food Collective which was made at harvest time. We are aware that many families continue to have severe difficulties in providing food for themselves, so please do consider bringing more tins, packets and toiletries to the church on a Wednesday afternoon and place these in the box  which is inside the church. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Sale of jams, jellies and chutneys

Thanks to everyone who supported church funds by buying preserves from me recently. I have been continuing to make more, and different varieties are available now as well as some still remaining from the previous time. Standard jars are £2; smaller jars £1.50. How about buying some for friends and family as part of a Christmas gift? Please email me on or phone 01793 854157 for further details or to place your order, and we will arrange a suitably safe way to make the exchange. I look forward to hearing from you!
Pauline Arnold

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