The Stodden Churches

"As the Stodden Churches we seek to move forward together in love and service, sharing the good news of Christ with our neighbours"

Covid 19

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd March, ALL CHURCH BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice.  

it is imperative that, for the health of the nation and in order for the National Health Service itself to manage the increase in those requiring medical help, the Church of England strictly observes the new guidelines on staying at home and only making journeys that are absolutely necessary, such as shopping for essential items and to take daily exercise.  Our church buildings are now closed not only for public worship, but for private prayer as well and this includes priests and lay people offering prayer in church on their own.

The worship of God can continue in our hearts and homes. Ministers will continue to maintain a praying and worshipping presence from theirs. Our care for each other also continues, for now, outside our church buildings. 

Welcome to the Stodden Churches website

Stephen Holroyd is the Priest-in-Charge of the Stodden Churches and you can contact him on or phone 01234 709740.

Do let him know if you would like a visit, prayer or communion at home.  Also if you are interested in getting married in church, having your child baptised, or being baptised yourself.

Palm Sunday Service, Sunday 5th April at 10.30

We will be holding an on-line service on Palm Sunday using ZOOM.

For the best experience you can download the Zoom app which is available from  It is available for Android and IOS and also both Windows and Mac desktops/laptops.  

MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW on this site on Friday, and a link to the service will be available on this page on Sunday morning.  The service will be open for joiners from 10.20.

Palm Sunday is when we remember how Jesus entered into Jerusalem as a king with the crowds praising him and waving palms in celebration. The crowds saw Jesus riding in on a donkey as a sign of hope and that is why they were so excited. Those crowds needed hope because they were not living in easy times as they were living under the shadow of a country occupied by a foreign power.

Jesus was riding in as a king, but not as a king who was going to overthrow the occupying Romans. The hope he was bringing was not of that of a revolution that would overthrow the Romans and bring liberation; the hope Jesus was bringing was all about a revolution of love that would not be about insurrection but rather Jesus’ freely offered sacrifice of himself on the cross through which he would bring about the overthrow of the domination of sin in our lives and the liberation of being able to live in his love into eternity.

We are not living under the shadow of an occupying power, but we are under the shadow of an occupying virus which is equally oppressive but is invisible. We can take hope in Jesus and his love; in the liberation that his cross-shaped revolution of love can bring to our lives, both now, and in the life to come. We can also take some comfort in that Jesus’ way of love was all about sharing our condition and immersing himself in the problem of our sin. God in Jesus understands suffering and isolation and so can be alongside those struggling with isolation and the oppression of the virus in our present time.

 Please keep safe.      Stephen

Prayer for use during the Coronavirus crisis

The following prayer is offered for everyone to use.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Any questions or worries please contact Stephen 01234 709740 

The Bishop of St Albans has provided some golden rules for approaching the crisis.

Other virtual churches   

You can watch live streams of services from a range of churches; details are available from

There is Prayer for the day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.

There is the BBC daily service and Sunday worship also available on BBC Sounds.

Promoting a Safer Church

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church and is of the utmost of importance to us.  Please see our statement on promoting a safer church which tells you how to get support and what to do if you have any concerns.  Our parish Safeguarding Officer is Sarah Croft.

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