St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

A message from Marden Church regarding COVID-19

Update: 13.06.20 Message from Churchwardens.

 As you will have heard on the news and read in the paper the Government has said that “places of worship may be open for private prayer” but that the social distancing rule of two metres must still be adhered to. With this in mind we have had discussions with Bishop Rose and the Area Dean and sadly have had to come to the conclusion that we are not able to open our Church at the moment. Churches with chairs rather than pews are able to move them apart and only have a few chairs available, with fixed pews and narrow aisles this is just not feasible. Another consideration for us is the age of the fixtures and fittings in our Church, deep cleaning is not an option. We have spent time working out how we could make a one way system work but would need to have several people on duty when the Church was open. We will review the position on a regular basis and certainly when social distancing rules are relaxed.

Please be aware that the building may remain locked but the Church family is very much in business, on the website you can link in to all the regular activities and if you are in need of anything or need someone to pray with you please contact one of the Churchwardens. We have people willing to help.

Please do not think that we have taken this decision lightly, without a Vicar to make these decisions we feel that we must err on the side of caution and in line with the advice that we have been given. Many churches in the diocese are not opening yet, even the Cathedral is only opening for a few hours a day and there are strict guidelines in place.

We will be in touch again soon.

 Graham and Carol

Churchwardens St Michael and All Angels Marden

The Church Office is still receiving  and responding to telephone calls and emails during the hours of Tues/Wed/Thurs 9am-1pm. The Church of England official advice can be seen here.


18th March 2020 

Dear Friends

At this difficult time, we wanted to reassure you of our love and support to you all. 


No doubt you will have heard from the news and the press of the suspension of public worship in our churches, and below you can see how this affects us in the Parish of Marden. 

We will endeavour to keep this website updated on a regular basis with any changes as they occur. The Church Office will remain open, but will be closed to visitors.  Judy will be there during the normal office hours (Tues/Weds/Thurs 9am-1pm) to answer your telephone and email enquiries.  The Pastoral Team will be able to help with things of a more practical and spiritual nature – if you are self-isolating and need help with shopping or prescriptions please do ask.  Perhaps you would like a regular phone call from one of us – again please do ask.  

While our youth ministry work is suspended, Kathy our Youth and Children’s Minister will be redeployed with pastoral ministry. 

The key contact numbers are: 

Church Wardens: (any enquiries) Carol Walker: 831132  Graham Codling: 832622

Amanda Abbitt (ALM and Pastoral Team – pastoral care enquiries) 820881

Judy Noakes (Office/general enquiries) 831890

Jane Lowther (Finance) 832974

(all numbers have 01622 prefix) 

There are lots of resources on line for using prayer and liturgy in your own homes, via the printed word, and other digital resources – please look at the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na  (digital resources are towards the end of that page). 

As we said right at the beginning, the church is still here to support and share with you.

Meanwhile, our search for a new Vicar will continue during the crisis as far as we are able. 

With our love and prayers

Finance and Standing Committee

(Carol, Graham, Jane, Ali B and Judy)


HOW ARE WE AFFECTED IN MARDEN?


18th March 2020

 

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice, which means there will be no regular Sunday services at 8.00am, 10.30am and 6.30pm or the monthly Thursday 9.15am service.


There will be no services during Holy Week and Easter.

 

In addition all church activities are also suspended.  These are:

Lent Course

Living Memories

Come and Sing

Village Café

Community Lunch

Friends and Heroes

JAM

Youth Café

Home Groups

Craft Group

Bell Ringing

Choir Practice

Toddler Praise

Churchyard clean up 

  

The Scheduled APCM has been postponed.   Further advice will follow as the situation changes.

 

The Church Pastoral Team can be contacted via Amanda Abbitt (layminister@mardenchurch.org.uk or 01622 820881) to offer you practical and spiritual support.

 

For further information and guidance we will regularly update our website, including publication of the weekly news sheet and links to the main Church of England guidance pages.

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