Safeguarding Policy

St Katharine’s Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. St Katharine’s is compliant with the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines that can be found here:

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded and viewed below – see page 4

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Link Officer, Rosemary Davies. Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,  on  07500 664800 or email



New Trustees – may God be calling you to this role?

As we move into a new Triennium in the autumn the Trust Board of the Diocesan Board of Education will be joined by up to five new trustees. Might you be called by God to serve Him in this way?

We have an exciting three years ahead working with schools, academies and importantly, multi-academy trusts to shape our service to meet their needs. We will be working to help every church school fulfil their deeply Christian vision; schools at the heart of the parish communities to which they belong. If you would like to learn more about serving God and the children and young people of our diocese please click on this link:

We’ve Joined Just Giving!

Given so many people no longer carry cash we have now set up a Just Giving page and will have a QR code visible in church for people to use to make donations. QR codes (aka quick response codes) are images that, when scanned on a phone or tablet, take a person to a specific website page. This means, for example, that visitors or congregants could use our unique QR code to be quickly directed to our donation page where they can select an amount to donate.

You can visit our just giving page here at or just click the link to make a donation if you’d like to help. All donations go towards the up keep of the building and to our work helping our community.

Brother Samuel SSF

We are very pleased that Brother Sam, from the Franciscans, will be ‘in the deanery’ for the first week of Advent (from 29th November) Mostly through virtual means, he will be leading us for the week with daily reflections and zoom meetings, giving us all encouragement and hope in this long Covid winter.

Watch this space for further details

Services in the Savernake Team

Because of the restraints of Coronavirus, there will be no parish-based Harvest Services in the Team this year.

We will however pray appropriately in thanksgiving in our Sunday services.

We are planning a Zoom Harvest Festival for the 11th of October.

It is envisaged that similar restrictions will be in place for Remembrance, we are awaiting guidance.


Communion services are restricted and very strict protocol will need to be followed in those communities that choose to have a communion service.

Matins and Evensong

Because of the restrictions on congregational singing, these will be identified as Morning or Evening Worship. In those communities that are accustomed to the BCP format, that will be followed as far as is possible.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held virtually on the 8th October 2020 at 6pm

For election of parochial representatives of the laity as follows –

  1. To the Deanery Synod 2 representatives.
  2. Representatives to the Parochial Church Council .
  3. For the appointment of the Independent Examiner or Auditor.
  4. For the consideration of:
  • a report on changes to the Roll since the last annual parochial church meeting
  • an Annual Report on the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally;
  • the financial statements of the council for the year ending on the 31st December preceding the meeting;
  • the annual report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church or churches of the parish;
  • a report of the proceedings of the deanery synod; and
  • other matters of parochial or general Church interest.

In this Notice, ‘parish’ means an ecclesiastical parish.

The link to the meeting is :

Meeting ID: 826 6887 4600
Password: 021821

Parish of  St Katharine’s Savernake Forest

A meeting for the election of churchwardens will be held virtually, on the  8th October 2020 at 6pm

This meeting may be attended by:

  1. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish and
  2. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish and

In this Notice “parish” means an ecclesiastical parish.

The link to the meeting is :

Meeting ID: 826 6887 4600
Password: 021821

Sunday Services

This weekend, Sunday 5th July, there will be a service of Evening Prayer held at St Katharine’s Church at 6pm.

The service will be taken by The Rev Michael McHugh with service sheets provided for congregants to take home and re-use.

Unfortunately, as per government guidelines there will not be any singing. We ask anyone attending to observe social distancing at all times, although families/ households will be able to share a pew. 

Please follow any directions given, such as use of hand sanitiser. 

All pew cushions have been put away, so you may wish to bring your own! 

NB Doors will be left open during the service to help fresh air circulate inside the building.

The Zoom services will continue at 11am every Sunday.

A service of Morning Prayer will be held at the new time of 9am on Sunday 19th July.