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Vicar’s Letter 16th August 2020

Hi All,

I am just writing to let you know where we are with the reopening of St Mary’s Church.  As per Government guidance/Church of England Guidance and Guidance from Leeds Diocese St Mary’s has been open for worship for the past two weeks.  This opening of Church has been successful due to following the appropriate guidelines and completing the appropriate comprehensive risk assessments that have been undertaken.  The PCC and myself take seriously your safety in this new COVID world.  Sanitisation is required on entry and exit, facemasks are required and physical distancing is in operation in the Church.  The Church is deep cleaned between each service.

As well as opening on Wednesdays at 10.00am and Sundays at 10.30am for Said Holy Communion in Church, we have other services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Every single service is streamed live via our Facebook page and so now you are able to join us for worship if you are still shielding or if you are unable to attend church.  In fact, it gives you an opportunity, to see what church is like if you have never attended. Times and details can be found in our Notice Sheet (which can be found on this opening page or via our Facebook page).

With regards to Funerals – it is now possible to have a funeral in church with certain conditions – there is a maximum of 30 people and it is required by law to wear a facemask, and you will be asked for a list of attenders and a contact number for each for track and trace purposes only.  This list will be destroyed after 21 days.

With regards to Burial of Ashes – it is now possible to go ahead with this again with certain conditions – there is a maximum of 15 people, facemasks are optional but adviseable, and you will be asked for a list of attenders and a contact number for each for track and trace purposes only.  This list will be destroyed after 21 days.

With regards to Weddings –  it is now possible to have a wedding in church with certain conditions – there is a maximum of 30 people and it is required by law to wear a facemask, and you will be asked for a list of attenders and a contact number for each for track and trace purposes only.  This list will be destroyed after 21 days.

With regards to Baptisms – we will begin booking baptisms in the next couple of weeks to commence from September onwards – again there are certain conditions – there is a maximum of 30 people and it is required by law to wear a facemask, and you will be asked for a list of attenders and a contact number for each for track and trace purposes only.  This list will be destroyed after 21 days.

We are now in the middle of carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment on the Parish Hall which will reopen in September (and I will update you on that in due course).

Lastly, if there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Best wishes

Sharon
Vicar

Upcoming Events

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September 2020

Wed 30 September

10:00 am – 10:40 am
LIVE and Streamed Wednesday Said Holy Communion

October 2020

Sat 3 October

9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Church and Churchyard Clearup

Sun 4 October

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Holy Communion

Sun 11 October

10:30 am – 11:15 am
All Age Worship

Mon 12 October

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PCC Meeting

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Safeguarding – 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. St Mary’s Church, Woodkirk has adopted the Church of England Safeguarding Policy from the House of Bishops.

A copy of the Promoting a Safer Church booklet is displayed on the notice board in the church porch as well as in the Parish Centre, and can be seen by clicking here.

If you have immediate safeguarding concerns please click here for the relevant contact information.

Please click here to see our policy and other safeguarding information.