Cameron our rector wishes to draw your attention to the following
1.Church of England response
What should churches do now?
Please note that ‘Washing hands’ always refers to washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand-sanitiser with minimum 60% alcohol content. See NHS guidance and download a poster version to display.
1: a) Ensure everyone maintains good hygiene (we should be doing this already as part of normal good practice) at all gatherings, whether services or other occasions. This includes those handing out books etc or having other direct physical contact with numbers of people, as well as those administering the Eucharist (see below for more guidance):
b) Provide hand gel at entrances and ensure there is a good supply of soap or hand gel in cloakrooms and kitchens and any other appropriate areas.
2.The best way of protecting us from the spread is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, – this means everyone, all the time, which will effectively disrupt the spread of the virus. Display the public information poster attached, which states:
• Catch it – sneeze into a tissue.
• Bin it – bin the tissue.
• Kill it – wash your hands.
• Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands.
3.The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to clergy to advise that the Common Chalice/Cup now be suspended until further notice. We advise that all priests should
• Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;?
• suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the Peace;?
• suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or “laying on of hands” (see FAQs below for more information on this)
4. Churches are encouraged to complete a Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, their continued mission and ministry.
5. Intinction is not recommended as an alternative to the Common Chalice/Cup. It is a route for transmission from the individual through handling the wafer/bread/host, and tiny fragments could affect people with allergies to gluten etc.
6. Please note that the distribution of individual cups for use by communicants is not a lawful practice in the Church of England.
7. Ask those attending services to wash their hands as they come into church.
8. Ensure ministers of the Eucharist wash their hands before and after distributing communion.
9. Suspend catering (teas, coffees etc.) where multiple people touch mugs, utensils and foodstuffs.
10. No pastoral visits should be undertaken to people who are self-isolating until isolation ends. However do offer phone support.
11. When visiting parishioners at home, wash hands before and after giving the sacraments.
12. Refrain from passing collection plates around.
13. Suspend the use of holy water stoups.
14. Wash vestments (surplices, cassocks) on the hottest cycle you can without damaging them. Chasubles etc. which could become contaminated, may not be able to be washed. Instead, they should be securely stored away from people, ideally in a well ventilated and brightly sunlit area, for at least 48 hours before re-use,
15. Visits to people in care homes or Hospitals should follow advice from the staff on infection control.
16. Ensure good regular cleaning of surfaces people touch regularly, including such things as door handles, light switches etc.
Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy
2:Response from :
The World Health Organization (WHO) the European Union, and international leaders had all urged countries to share resources and information, he said. “So, look out for your neighbours, look out for each other. Look out for yourselves. Listen to those who have knowledge that can help to guide us medically and help to guide us socially. Do everything that we can to do this together, to respond to each other’s needs and to respond to our own needs.”
Our Rector Rev’d Canon Cameron Martin was privileged to share in ministry with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the following is his response to and article /video on the Archbishops own calling to ministry .
The ‘Arch’, an outstanding, inspiring and outspoken Christen leader that I was privileged to share in ministry with as a priest in Johannesburg in his role as Bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg and again in cape Town at his invitation as a priest in his role as Archbishop of Cape Town.
May God continue to inspire him and his wife ‘Mama’ Leah as he continues to be a beacon of hope for God’s inclusiveness reflected in God’s unconditional love for all Humanity and the Renewal of Creation.
Asked by the BBC to identify the defining moment in his life, Desmond Tutu spoke of the day he and his mother were walking down the street. Tutu was nine years old, A tall white man dressed in a black suit came towards them. In the days of apartheid in South Africa, when a black person and a white person met while walking on a footpath, the black person was expected to step into the gutter to allow the white person to pass and nod their head as a gesture of respect. But this day, before young Tutu and his mother could step off the sidewalk the white man stepped off the side walk as they passed and tipped his hat in a gesture of respect to her!
The white man was Trevor Huddleston, an Anglican priest who was bitterly opposed to apartheid. it changed Tutu’s life. When his Mother told him that Trevor Huddleston had stepped of the sidewalk because he was ” a man of God” Tutu found his calling. ” When she told me he was an Anglican priest I decided there and then that I wanted to be an Anglican priest too. And what’s more I wanted to be a man of God” said Tutu.
Huddleston later became a mentor to Desmond Tutu and his commitment to the equality of all human beings due to their creation in God’s image a key driver in Tutu’s opposition to apartheid.
My prayer on this Tuesday is that we can all strive to be ” people of God” who are willing to ” step off the sidewalk” and ” tip our hat” to our sisters and brothers, particularly those on the margins. May it be so….
Jars for Change
Why not join us in our Lenten challenge this year?
Together, with the many other churches during Lent, we are supporting “WaterAid” in their ” Jars for Change” Appeal to help to bring clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene to some of the worlds poorest communities.
This year the Jars of Change Lent appeal will focus on women and girls living in some of the words poorest communities in villages in Ethiopia.
While we take water, a basic human need, for granted, women and girls often have to walk many miles several times a day just to access water from streams which are often dirty and then carry it back in jerry cans. The journey is often hazardous with treacherous paths and the risk of attacks. The girls often have to forgo their education.
This year, St Hughs is supporting them by donating the money saved from” what we give up for lent” to this appeal to help WaterAid provide clean water to these villages.
There will be a jar in church for the duration of Lent where we can put our donations each week. Please do join us if you feel able to.
For further information: http://www.wateraid.org/uk/lent
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the liquidation of British Steel. Do join us in prayer as we hold before God the workforce, the chain supplies, secondary business, their families and Scunthorpe and the other towns in which British Steel is located. This liquidation could possibly affect the lives of approx 10,000 – 20,000 people 🙏
Come and Sing
Sunday 14th April 2019
You are invited to join us to sing in this choral concert
Rehearsal 2.00pm in church Music copies will be provided or bring your own copy
Performance 6.00pm in church
Come and join us to sing or listen to this beautiful Oratorio as we prepare for our Journey into Holy Week through to Easter.
Tea and Coffee will be provided
For more information please contact:
Duane Tow: 01724 848002
Tuesday 26th March 2019 at 7pm
Come and join us for an evening where you will experience joy, laughter, sadness, courage and hope as we host this wonderful children’s choir.
The children are all orphans as a result of war, poverty and AIDs and the evening will be a mixture of the children’s personal stories and live worship music. These children are an inspiration .
The concert is free with an option to contribute to the Watoto Children’s Ministry.
Watoto Children’s Choir
Tuesday 26th March at 7pm
We are once again excited to be hosting the Watato Children’s Choir. Come and join us for another fantastic evening of African worship with these wonderful awe inspiring Children
A wonderful service enjoyed by all ages at our Christingle Service as we celebrated the birth of Jesus