East Trent Churches
Notice two about Covid 19 (Corona Virus)
A week ago, I said that we needed to get used to a new normal, and that new normal is changing day by day. I am glad that we were able to open our church buildings for private prayer and I know that some of you prayed daily in church through the past week and many expressed appreciation for this.
Now, that has changed; because we all need to stay at home unless it’s necessary to go out and our church buildings must remain closed. We cannot have any church services either public or private and that includes weddings and baptisms. We can conduct emergency baptisms at home, when someone’s life is in danger. Funerals will be held either at a graveside or a crematorium with limited numbers in attendance and with no singing. We can have recorded music at a crematorium.
We have discussed weddings and baptisms with couples and families most immediately affected and we will be re arranging them.
This is a difficult time for everyone and when major life events have been planned for a long time, it’s hard to suddenly have to curtail them, through no one’s fault.
However, the most important thing is to keep everyone safe and well, to help our neighbours when we can, to protect our key workers and to keep in touch in the most appropriate ways.
Church is still here, and with improved technology, we will be broadcasting services from the Rectory.
So, stay in unless you have to go out, keep washing your hands, keep your distance and show love and respect for our shop workers, post men and women, delivery drivers, medical centre staff and everyone else who cares for us.
Watch out for broadcast services, prayers and thoughts on the web site and Facebook page.
Stay well; stay safe and God bless you.
Keep in touch:
Rector: Revd Mandy Cartwright, 01636 361657 firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrator: Mrs Christine Hasman, 01636 679105 email@example.com
Prayers about the outbreak:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.
The Church of England is undertaking a second review of files held in all dioceses and parishes to ensure that churches and church related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults.
Known as the Past Cases Review 2, it aims to identify both good practice and institutional failings in the way that allegations of abuse have been handled in the past. It will also provide recommendations on how practice and processes can be improved.
Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information, or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) on 01636 817200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
However, recognising that for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church may not feel comfortable, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the East Trent Group of Churches:
Rev Mandy Cartwright, Rector, 01636 361657
Val Watson, Safeguarding Coordinator, 01522 779070
Sally Lee, Safeguarding Coordinator, 01522 778691
In the Southwell & Nottingham Diocese:
Safeguarding Team, 01636 817200, email@example.com
Nottinghamshire County Council Children's & Adult Social Care:
Out of Hours for Children & Adults: 0300 456 4546