NEWS and EVENTS
Although the Government have introduced further restrictions on social gatherings over the last few days, we have been advised that these do not affect church services. Therefore , we can meet on Thursdays and Sundays as we have over the past few weeks. However, the rules on social distancing, the use of face coverings and hand sanitizer remain.
Our Vicar's delight after succeeding in 13-year-battle to make 'most dangerous' churchyard safe
The Vicar and Churchwardens, supported by the PCC, have ‘fought’ for 20 years for South Ribble Borough Council to undertake their legal responsibilities in maintaining our churchyard and keeping it safe for all who visit.
At long last they have accepted their responsibility and are now being proactive.
Well done Vicar for getting the Lancashire Post, the Leader of South Ribble Borough Council and the local ward and borough councillor together. The feature includes a video and photographs to accompany the text and it is now on record that SRBC will finally fulfil their legal obligations. Please click on the link below.
Bishop's Harvest Appeal 2020
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. (Matt 25:35)
Once again we at St Mary's are supporting the Bishop's Harvest Appeal , This year our schools will be raising money in support of Tearfund and our churches will be able to choose to support either Tearfund or the Friends of the Holy Land. Tearfund is a global charity which seeks to work with local churches and local people to find solutions to poverty and injustice. Any money raised will go into their relief fund, which is currently being used to respond to issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Friends of the Holy Land is a charity working in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and in Israel and aims to support Christian communities there which often find themselves living in very difficult circumstances.
Please click on the link below to find out more about the work of these charities and how to donate
REOPENING OF ST MARY’S CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM SUNDAY 5TH JULY.
At long last, this is the good news we have all been waiting for. Following the Government’s relaxation of lockdown from 5th July enabling church to reopen for public worship, our normal weekly pattern of services will resume as usual.
8.15am Holy Communion – Order Two
10.15am Holy Communion – Order One
9.30am Holy Communion – Order Two
However, there will be some differences due to some COVID 19 restrictions still in operation.
We hope that further relaxing of these restrictions will take place when the risk factors are not as great.
The opportunity to hold other services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals is constantly changing and these will be on our church web site www.penwortham-stmary.co.uk and continuously updated. For further information and/or queries, please contact me by either phone or email as follows.
Vicarage 01772 743143: Mobile 07858 772421: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
With every blessing
Your Vicar Chris
WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC INDOOR SETTINGS -
NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN CHURCHES FROM SATURDAY 8 TH AUGUST, 2020
Further to my letter of 24th July, about the strong advice by Government and the Church of England to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings including church buildings, this advice has now become mandatory as and from Saturday (8th August, 2020).
There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups not to wear a face covering in these settings. However, this exemption does not apply to worshippers who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public indoor space UNLESS they come within the group specifically mentioned by the Government in the regulations. The full list of exemptions can be found on the Church of England website.
The Church of England also reminded everyone again that a face covering:-
“must be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers,
staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present;
remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from
coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and
regular hand washing.”
In addition, they pointed out that some people had started to wear visors with clear plastic shields over the face in place of face coverings so that the face is
visible. The Bishop of London has pointed out that the purpose of these is different - they may protect the wearer but will not protect others. They are therefore only effective if worn in
addition to a face covering.
With every blessing
Your Vicar Chris,
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.Amen
Window Repair Faculty
Some two years ago one of the windows in the south side of the Nave was vandalised. and subsequently repaired. Diocesan rules require us to apply for a retrospective faculty for the repair and for the application to be made public. Faculty notices must be displayed on the main door of the church (West Door). Additionally, because the church is closed we are publicising it here. If anyone has any observations or comments regarding this faculty please e-mail email@example.com before the 19th June.
GIVING AND DONATIONS
Since the lockdown started it has been difficult for parishioners to maintain their giving through the collection plate although many parishioners make their giving using Direct Debit or Standing Order. If you feel you would like to help St. Mary's financially please would you send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. uk. We will contact you to discuss which methord you woud prefer, from a one-off donation to regular giving.
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
Our Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) staff are continuing to produce some outstanding resources that can be used by parents at home.
ON LINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP
Will Adams and his brother have created a website called #HelpPenwortham with the aim of:
1. Allowing vulnerable residents to view what food and other delivery and collection services are available locally, to reduce stress and anxieties.
2. Ensuring our local businesses and economy can continue through this very difficult period, ensuring they can come out of this period still as vibrant as before.
Browse our list of local businesses in Penwortham, South Ribble and Preston. Order food or other vital items for delivery or collection. Shop local and help to ensure the Penwortham and South Ribble economy emerges as diverse and vibrant as before.
For the first time in over 150 years we will not be printing a hard copy of our church magazine for distribution to our parishioners. We will however continue to compile it and publish it online. You can view our latest edition from the top of this page.
Christian Meditation meetings have now resumed.
During the current pandemic we must wear face coverings whilst in church and must use hand sanitizer on entering and leaving church. Our practices are even more important at this time so please keep up with your meditation.
We meet again on Wednesday 12th August at 6.30pm