I am the Revd. Amanda Cartwright (normally known as Mandy) and I am the Rector of the East Trent group of churches.
We are a group of 11 churches serving 15 villages and small communities in a beautiful part of North East Nottinghamshire, between the river Trent and Lincolnshire. We are part of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in the Church of England.
We are privileged to have varied and attractive places of worship which are used imaginatively and creatively as centres of community.
As a Christian community, we believe in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so we believe that relationship and community is at the heart of God and should be at the heart of all we do. We believe that church is for everyone, whether you want somewhere to belong, you are asking questions about belief or whether you have a long standing Christian faith.
We hope we reflect something of Jesus’ attitude of welcome and inclusion to everyone.
God bless you,
Trinity Sunday and beyond in our East Trent Group of Parishes
After Easter’s feast of joy, hope and chocolate, the wonder of Ascension tide and the excitement and inspiration of Pentecost, we enter what’s called ordinary time in church terms. It’s a strange name in a way, because what’s ordinary about life which can be transformed by God, where we can be full of God’s Holy Spirit?
Mind you, a bit of ordinary time feels quite attractive this year doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want a nice ordinary summer, when we can go about our daily business and enjoy a social life without having to check the rules on hugging and measure the distance between our small group and the next one? Who doesn’t want a nice ordinary church service, when we can sit where we like, take our masks off and sing our favourite hymns with hearty abandon?
Well, we still don’t know what this season will bring and we must carry on being careful of ourselves and everyone else, so we probably won’t think it’s very ordinary. In our East Trent churches, we’ll hold all our regular services and we’ll keep up with whatever regulations are in place to keep us safe. Everyone is very welcome to join in everything. Happily, we will also have weddings and baptisms, all in line with the current guidelines.
So, an extraordinary ordinary season brings us opportunities to worship God, to pray our prayers together, to celebrate the gift of love and life and to love our neighbours. It’s an opportunity to think about who God is. Christians believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There’s only one God, but we know God in three ways. In God the Father, we have the assurance of God’s parental love, in God the Son, we have the assurance of friendship and brotherly love through Jesus who has shared our human life and done everything to remove any barriers between us and God. In God the Holy Spirit, we have the assurance of loving companionship; God with us, helping and guiding us and giving us gifts so that we can help others.
Yes, at the heart of God, at the heart of life is a loving relationship and God reaches out to all of us in love. This is the ordinary Christian faith and this season is a time for thinking about how we’re going to respond.
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 Covid-19 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