St Martin’s Church, North Nibley

Welcome to St Martin’s pages. Please free to come to the church at any time – you will be very welcome when the current restrictions around COVID-19 are lifted!
This page acts as our focus and summarises our events and activities, providing links to more details about them, about our church, our people and how to contact us.

For 12th  September, we have another new recording for tiny tots on the children’s page called ‘Like a child

Whilst the church remains generally closed, we will be holding a service of the word at 9.30am on Sunday September 20th, and fortnightly thereafter, government guidance permitting.
Our weekly recorded services will continue

The churchyard remains open and provides a place for quiet reflection and prayer – with benches. Please do make use of it.

There is a new BLOG / POST for each Sunday.  We alternate between full services with music  and ‘ramblings’, with prayers.  For Sunday 20th September 2020,  we have a service with music led by Rev Peter Marsh. 

Rev Peter Marsh will be taking communion every Sunday in his woodworking shed.

Please feel free to join in with prayer!

James Marchant and Peter will be undertaking the Forest of Dean cycle challenge on Sunday 11th October.  It is 62 miles long, with 1676m of climbing, some it 1 in 4! This is to support Christian Aid in memory  of James’ father, Canon Iain Marchant. Please donate via      Or Cash / cheques to the Parish Office.

Summary of Regular Services

Sunday 6th September and fortnightly thereafter

9.30am – a Service of the Word

Every Sunday – a recorded service is available on this website. It alternates between a service of the word with music, and a service of ‘ramblings’ with prayers and , sometimes, music.

Forthcoming ‘Events’

Sunday Sept 20th at 9.30am. There will be service of the word in church. This will be repeated fortnightly.

In line with government regulations, masks will be required and a ‘register’  taken of those present.

Sadly, the church remains closed at other times, but our weekly recorded services will continue…




The Church of England web site gives more information and will signpost Christian resources available on line.

The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ.



About us

The Benefice
The parish of North Nibley is part of the Tyndale Benefice, which has just appointed a new vicar. The Benefice Profile gives an overview of the churches, their aspirations and the environment in which they reside.

Churches Together
We work closely with the Chapel in the village, sharing services and other events throughout the year

We have a dedicated choir which sings at all the 9.30 communion services, as well as at ‘special’ services. It is always keen to welcome  new members

The bellringers are looking for new ringers!

Village School
We have very close links with our village C of E primary school, which holds many services in the Church, as well as ‘experience’ events, supported by members of the congregation. We help with ‘open the book’ and hold joint fundraising events with the Friends of the school – FONNS.
We also work with the village nursery and playgroup.

Please see our safeguarding page for more information and the policies page for formal documentation

Sunday 10th May 2020

We have Rev Peter Marsh’s ramblings this week.

The collect readings and prayers for this Sunday are here

We plan to have a recorded service next week.


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Sunday 3rd May 2020 – Recorded service

We have recorded a service for this week.
This is the recording and the order of service

If the situation does not change, we will have more ‘ramblings’ next week by Rev Peter Marsh, followed by another recorded service in a fortnight’s time.

The links Peter mentions..

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Sunday 26th April

Please listen to Rev Peter Marsh’s ‘ramblings’, which include some prayers.

The collect, readings and psalm for the day can be found here.


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Sunday 19th April 2020

Our wonderful band of volunteers have again recorded a service for this morning. Thank you all so much.

Please follow the links for the order of service and the pew sheet.


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Easter 2020

These are the collect, psalm and readings for Good Friday  10th April 2020
These are the collect, psalm and readings for Easter Sunday 12th April 2020, and this is the sermon from Rev Peter Marsh
Here are some more prayers for Easter

The following is a recording of..

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Sunday 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

These are the collect, psalm and readings for Palm Sunday – 5th April 2020
This dramatised reading contains four reflections about Judas Iscariot


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Crib Display and St Nicholas event

A display of cribs lent by numerous villagers was expertly laid out within the church and a large number of people visited to enjoy them. Refreshments included gluhwein, pfefferkucken, stollen and other traditional delicacies used in countries where the feast of St Nicholas is more celebrated.


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