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Vicar’s Letter – 12th January 2021
It is with great sadness that I write these words, however, after careful consideration by the PCC and contributions by members of our congregation, we have made the decision to suspend all public worship at St Mary’s for the time being in the best interests of serving our community. This is in response to the Government’s decision to place the country into lockdown on the 4th January 2021.
Places of worship are able to remain open under the rules of lockdown but due to the extreme situation we find ourselves in at the moment we questioned whether just because we could open, we should open.
It is heart-breaking to me and to many but it would be more heart-breaking to know that we had contributed to spreading the virus further. The risks at this point in time are simply too high for those who are in the most vulnerable categories. We have a responsibility to set an example and protect those things that we love, our community, our families, our friends, and to support our government, our NHS workers and all those who continue to put themselves at risk by continuing to work shop workers, delivery drivers etc.
The building is closed but the church is very much open as we continue to worship together from our own home – we the people are the Church.
All Services will take place as normal and will be streamed and advertised on our facebook page www.facebook.com/stmarywoodkirk. Alternatively a link to the live stream will also be published on A Church Near You page. Services are also placed on our webpage www.stmarywoodkirk.org.
Pastorally, we are here if you need anything please do not hesitate to make contact with me on 07539466724.
It goes without saying that we will be carrying out funerals in church at this time and offering support to those who have lost loved ones (we will follow government guidelines and restrictions on numbers and covid secure buildings etc).
My prayers are with you during this difficult time, be safe and please follow the guidelines.
Vicar, St Mary’s Church, Woodkirk
It is with deep regret that today we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. A prayer is provided here and St Mary’s Church will be open between 2.00 pm and 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday should you wish to remember and give thanks for his life an service. Please remember Queen Elizabeth and her family in your prayers.
The Holy Communion service on Sunday 11th April will be in Remembrance of Prince Philip. Church is open for this service at 10.30am or stream online at facebook.com/stmarywoodkirk
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
For more see the Services page
Sun 11 April
Mon 12 April
Tue 13 April
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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.