Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our churches
Further update 24.07.20
PLEASE NOTE that Church of England guidance has now changed. It is strongly advised that face coverings are worn by all those attending a place of worship.
Hide and Seek! - children and families activity week 2020!
Muddy Church was an outdoor socially distanced wondering and wandering trail. You can see the stations here and have a go in your own garden or local green space: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1684427125040354&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Monday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1684101108406289&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Tuesday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1685061558310244&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Wednesday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1685048564978210&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Thursday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1685052521644481&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Friday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1685055674977499&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Saturday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1685057981643935&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
On Monday: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1685133964969670&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
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Giant Community Artwork
For those of you feeling ready to return to the church building, we are pleased to announce that we are reopening our churches from this Sunday 26th July. There will be ONE team service each Sunday, at 10am. This coming Sunday is at St John’s. Church will feel very different for a while. Below is a list of some of the things you need to know. This is a summary of our full risk assessments.
For those of you not feeling ready to return to the church building, we will continue to zoom and livestream worship each Sunday.
All those on our mailing list but not online will receive this information in the post.
If you have questions, please contact one of the clergy, and we'll do our best to answer them!
Services July-August 2020
10am Sunday 26th July—St John’s
10am Sunday 2nd August—HI
10am Sunday 9th August—St John’s
10am Sunday 16th August—HI
11am Sunday 23rd August—St Peter’s
10am Sunday 30th August—HI
Kidderminster West Team Ministry
What to Expect on Sunday
We very much look forward to welcoming warmly those who are able to attend St John’s for the said eucharist at 10.00 am. Please note that the following measures will be in place:
1 Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus should stay at home. The service will be livestreamed for those at home from our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to access this page. It will also be live via zoom. An Invite will be sent out or contact the clergy to request details.
2 Those who are ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’, as defined by government, are advised not to attend.
3 Those who are over 70 and/or clinically vulnerable, should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household/‘bubble’.
4 The church will open for the service from 9.30 am. Our Capacity is a maximum of 31 in St John’s, which includes some couples sitting together. The number of “Couple” places are restricted.. In the event of reaching maximum capacity, please understand that, for safety reasons, we will be obliged to turn people away.
5. Please enter the church via the main door. Disabled access is by the tower door.
6 You are warmly encouraged, in advance of arrival, to download a service-sheet which will be available from the Facebook page from Friday. Paper service-sheets will be available on a table by the door (after sanitising your hands) for those who are unable to bring their own or access one via an electronic device. It is very important that all service sheets are taken away with them at the end of the service. These should be bought back and used again.
7. Members of the congregation are welcome to wear face-coverings if they wish; this is not mandatory at the time of writing. Please watch for government guidelines.
8 Members of the congregation are kindly asked to sanitise their hands at the station on their way in to church. You will also be asked to provide your name and contact details for track and tracing purposes.
9 Under the latest Church of England guidance, we are operating a policy of 2 metres’ social distance. Please observe this on the way in to the church, when taking a seat for the service, and on exit.
10 On reaching the main aisle, please let whoever is on duty know how many are attending in your household/‘bubble’ and sit on the seat(s) to which you are directed.
11 Children are warmly invited to attend the service supervised by their parents (unlike normal they should not leave their seats); regrettably we are unable to provide any toys or books for them to play with.
12 The service will include organ music, but no singing by a choir or the congregation.
13 All baptised, communicant members of churches in which God the Holy Trinity is worshipped are welcome to receive communion if they wish. Those who are not receiving communion are warmly invited to come forward, if they wish, to receive instead a simple prayer of blessing. Please hold something in your hands as a sign that you wish to receive a blessing, and the president will bless you without touching you.
14 Please speak to the person on duty before the service if you wish to receive a gluten free communion wafer, or to have communion brought to you in your seat.
15 Communion in one kind (bread only) will be received standing, from a central station. Those coming forward for communion or a blessing are asked to form a single line as directed, socially distanced from one another following the floor markings, and return to their seats via the side-aisles.
16 The service is expected to last 40-45 minutes, and regrettably toilet facilities at church are not available.
17 At the end of service, you may be asked to stay in your seat until directed to leave, in order that exit from church can proceed in a socially distanced manner. Please follow the direction of the person on duty.
18 As you leave, an offertory plate will be available for cash and contactless donations will be possible via a card machine.
19 Outside the building, after the service, will be the moment to greet other members of the congregation in a socially distanced manner. Refreshments will not be served.
20 Following the service, the Church will be closed for 72 hours Please note that these measures are in place for the safety of all. We warmly thank you for your support and co-operation.
Wednesday Eucharist 22.7.20
Watch the service here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1505555799653819&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
Listen to the reflection here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1686114694871597&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
Sixth Sunday after Trinity 19.7.20
Watch the service here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=913827892467848
Listen to the reflection here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1684065745076492&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
Wednesday Eucharist 15.7.20
Watch the service here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1679513265531740&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
Listen to the reflection here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1679987428817657&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
Welcome to Project Prodigal!
We are taking a dive into the Bible! How did the Bible come to us in its current form? Why are there different versions and translations? And how do we interpret it? Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing prayers, videos, and thoughts, focussing on the famous story of the Prodigal Son. You can watch all our videos below:
Project Prodigal: Lectio Divina: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1662684067214660&id=533804443435967&anchor_composer=false
Fifth Sunday after Trinity 12.7.20
Wednesday Eucharist 8.7.20
Fourth Sunday after Trinity 5.7.20
Wednesday Eucharist 1.7.20
St Peter's Patronal Festival 28.6.20
Wednesday Eucharist 24.6.20
St John the Baptist Patronal Festival 21.06.20
As you may know, the government is now allowing churches to open for funerals and for private prayer. The KWTM clergy and PCC are working on this - there is a great deal to do before churches can be opened safely. We will let you all know the arrangements as soon as we are ready to open the churches for private prayer. We need to make sure it is as safe as it can be, so please bear with us. Thank you!
Wednesday Eucharist 17.06.20
First Sunday after Trinity
Listen to the reflection here:
Watch the meditation here:
Wednesday Eucharist 10.6.20
Watch the reflection here:
Watch the service here:
Listen to the reflection here:
Join the evening service for Trinity Sunday here:
Wednesday Eucharist 3.6.20
Watch the reflection here:
Watch the Eucharist for Pentecost here:
Watch the reflection for Pentecost Sunday from Rev Laura here:
Watch our Pentecost Messy Church here:
Watch an evening service for Pentecost here:
Thy Kingdom Come 2020
Reflection from Rev Laura for Day 11
Reflection from Fr Tim for Day 10
Reflection from Canon Alex for Day 9
Reflection from Fr Tim for Day 8
Reflection from Rev Chris for Day 7
Reflection from Rev Laura for Day 6
Reflection from Canon Alex for Day 5
Reflection from Fr Tim for Day 4
Reflection from Rev Laura for Day 3
Reflection from Fr Tim for Day 2
Reflection from Canon Alex for Day 1
Wednesday Eucharist 27.05.20
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Ascension Day Agape Service
Wednesday online Eucharist 20.05.20
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Wednesday online Eucharist 13.05.20
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Following new guidance from the Church of England, this Sunday’s service was live-streamed from St John’s Church. You can watch the service here:
Watch this week’s reflection from Fr Tim here:
Read this week’s pew sheet here:
Service to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day (8th May)
Wednesday online Eucharist 06.05.20
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Wednesday online Eucharist 29.04.20
The Third Sunday of Easter
Read this week's Pew Sheet here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1608250582658009&id=533804443435967&fs=5&focus_composer=0
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. You can find out more here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishop-canterbury-launches-free-dial-worship-phone-line-during
St George's Day
Easter Sunday - he is risen!
Wednesday of Holy Week
Tuesday of Holy Week
Monday of Holy Week
Sunday worship online - 05.04.20 - Palm Sunday
Wishing you all a blessed start to Holy Week.
Sunday worship online - 29.03.20 Passion Sunday
Update, dated 23.03.20
Regrettably, we have decided in light of government advice about social distancing, that we can not keep our churches open for prayer. This is for the safety of all our parishioners. We will continue to post prayers and video on our church social media, and to keep in contact with congregation members by email and telephone.
You can contact us on the following details:
Fr Tim 01562 631856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Laura 01562 228712 email@example.com
Canon Alex 01562 515894 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday worship online! 22.03.20
A letter to all our parishioners, dated 19.03.20
As you may well have heard in the news, the Church of England suspended all public worship on 17/03/20 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This means that there can be no services with a congregation present in our churches for the foreseeable future. For some this will mean little or nothing, but for many of us this will be devastating especially in the current climate of fear and uncertainty.
We believe that we can continue our mission, ministry and living out our key values through a time of uncertainty and church closures. As such, the clergy have produced a Continuity Plan. There’s a copy in this pack so you can see what we are doing.
Notably, clergy will continue to meet to pray for the parish and people, and the Eucharist will be celebrated twice a week, though no congregation can be present. If you are well and would like to come to church for private prayer, we are opening St John’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-1pm, Holy Innocents’ on Wednesdays 11am-1pm, and St Peter’s by request. If you come to church to pray you will be asked to take appropriate hygiene measures and exercise social distancing. Please feel free to contact any of the clergy by phone or email to let us know your prayer requests.
Many of us are wondering what we can do to help one another. Please do contact friends regularly by phone or online, and see how they are doing. We are currently liaising with other organisations as to how we can help those in need. Should you be in need of help, please do contact the clergy and we will try to help you ourselves, or signpost you to other people and organisations who can help. The churches’ financial needs will remain unchanged. We are all encouraged to continue to give or set aside the money we might usually give.
When we are allowed to gather for worship again, we are planning a festival where we can celebrate together, and where people can bring things that they have made/done/achieved whilst staying at home. So make a list of all the books you’re reading, plan to bring what you’ve knitted, sewed, drawn or written, take photos of the plants blooming in your garden, or the things you’re baking.
We are confident that God will continue to work among us as we worship at home and seek to serve our communities. Please pray for us, as we are praying for you.
With every blessing,
Fr Tim 01562 631856 email@example.com
Rev Laura 01562 228712 firstname.lastname@example.org
Canon Alex 01562 515894 email@example.com
Our Parish Continuity Plan, dated 18.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Parish Continuity Plan 1.0
Kidderminster West Team Ministry: St John the Baptist, The Holy Innocents’ and St Peter’s
Our Key Values: We want to be approachable, compassionate and enjoyable. We want to do service, empowerment and spiritual life events.
How do we continue our mission, ministry and living out our key values through a time of uncertainty and church closures? We will be following the guidance of the government and the Church of England while we continue to enable deepening of faith, supporting the vulnerable and serving our communities.
This plan is a working document and may be updated as government advice changes. Please ensure you are reading the correct version.
18/03/20 – Version 1.0
Guidance is available from the Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus
The Ven Nikki Groake (Archdeacon) 01905 773301 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr Tim Williams (Rural Dean and Team Rector) 01562 631856 email@example.com
Rev Nigel Taylor (Deputy Rural Dean) 01562 851744 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Laura Betson (Team Vicar) 01562 228712 email@example.com
Canon Alex Vaccaro (Associate Priest) 01562 515894 firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of this plan is to ensure as far as possible to continued mission and ministry of the Kidderminster West Team Ministry, and the maintenance of the critical ongoing business of the parish. The clergy have prepared this plan.
Tim, Laura and Alex will deputise for each other should any of them be unwell. All the clergy will provide a channel for regular communication by email or phone with the Archdeacon as required.
DCC and PCC members to be informed of this plan via email, and asked to contact friends/church members with regard to immediate suspension of services. ALL listed on the church electoral rolls to be posted a letter about the current situation, along with a book of prayers and resources for worshipping at home, and a pew sheet for communication. All important information will be posted on facebook and twitter, along with regular daily posts on social media for mission, ministry and encouragement. Those who have internet access are encouraged to pass on information to those without, via telephone. We will also post laminated signs on church doors for information.
All to be asked to use alcohol handwash/wash hands and dry with paper towel on entry/exit to our churches. Where the Eucharist is celebrated (without a congregation), the chalice and pattern are to be washed up in hot soapy water and dried with a paper towel.
All public worship services have been suspended. The clergy will continue to pray on behalf of the people and parishes. We will celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays at 10am rotating round the churches, and on Wednesdays at 9.45am at St John’s, but the church must remain closed so no congregation will be present. We will post live updates on facebook and twitter during these services so people can post prayer requests etc.
As per Church of England request, our churches will be made available at specific times during the week for people to come in for private prayer. These will be: St John’s Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-1pm, Holy Innocents’ Wednesdays 11am-1pm, and St Peter’s by request only.
All non-emergency baptisms are cancelled/postponed, unless the family request a service with only the parents, godparents and child/candidate. Weddings and funerals may continue, but we must follow government guidelines on social distancing, so these may be smaller affairs with perhaps only immediate family present, and no organist. We will postpone weddings at no additional cost to the couples.
On Sunday 22nd March, the Archbishops are promoting an international day of prayer. We will be promoting this event, and encouraging people to light a candle and pray at 7pm that day.
Resources will be made available online for Messy Church and Praise Maze families to worship together at home.
We will send out Holy Week and Easter packs to all congregation members if restrictions are still in place, so that we can celebrate Easter at home. Messy-Church-in-a-bag will be provided to Messy Church families for celebrating Easter at home.
The clergy will not be visiting people face-to-face unless it is an absolute emergency. Where a person is ill with coronavirus, or in self-isolation, clergy will be unable to visit. Pastoral contact will be continued by phone or email. Congregation members are to be encouraged to check in on each other by phone. Where visits to care homes and hospitals are unavoidable, clergy will follow the procedures required by staff. Those who usually take out home communions must not do so.
We are liaising with the foodbank, the council, and other local organisations to find out how we can best support those in our communities who are vulnerable, sick, or isolating. We’ll keep our pew sheet and social media informed of any actions people can take.
All church events and activities are suspended. Church buildings are not currently available for use by outside organisations, with the exception of the Night Shelter (SWEP) which the Church of England has requested we keep open.
All DCC and PCC meetings are suspended until further notice. Any urgent business may be conducted via e-mail or telephone.
DCC and PCC treasurers will be asked to send their end-of-year accounts to DCC/PCC members via email (if members have email). Members to respond by email that they accept them. Accounts can then be filed online. We await guidance about DCC AGMs and the parish APCM.
The churches’ financial needs will remain unchanged. All to be encouraged to continue to give or set aside the money they might usually give.
We will continue to update this document as government and Church of England guidelines change.
When we are allowed to gather for worship again, we are planning a festival where we can celebrate together, and where people can bring things that they have made/done/achieved whilst staying at home. We are confident that God will continue to work among us as we worship at home and seek to serve our communities.
Fr Tim Williams
Rev Laura Betson
Canon Alex Vaccaro