Covid-19: update

Trevor Rubery: message from Cameron

Once Cameron heard the message from Jennifer via Margaret Barnes about Trevor Rubery in hospital with the corona virus , he tried calling Jennifer on her mobile but did not get to talk to her. He phoned the Hospital Chaplain who informed him that Clergy are not allowed to visit the hospital. Cameron requested him to get a message to Trevor and Jennifer assuring them of the clergy and congregation prayers during this difficult time in their lives and offering our prayerful support and support in general that they may need . The chaplain said he would do so by getting the msg to the ward sister ASAP. May God come alongside Trevor and bring him comfort and Jennifer his peace that passes human understanding. 🙏😇



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We continue to remember you in our prayers.

‘Our Father in heaven
May Your Name be kept holy.
May Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us the food we need today. Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we have forgiven those who wronged us.
And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us save from the Evil One .
For kingship, power and glory are Yours forever.Amen ‘ Mathew 6.9-13 (CIB)

Clergy Contact ( Recognising the clergy health vulnerabilities)
Revd Canon Cameron Martin             07847882176
Revd Julia Clark ( Non Stipendiary)  07790847402 ( available  Tues, Thursday)

Coronavirus Guidelines

Cameron our rector wishes to draw your attention to the following
Coronavirus Guidelines

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.”

Inspiration from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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….



Lent 2020

wateraid-tallJars 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.

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