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: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.justgiving.com/stkatharineschurch 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.
The Savernake Team will be celebrating Christingle this year with an online service – we hope you can join us! Details are below or attached in the document above should you wish to view a larger version.
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.
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.
St Katharine’s is now open for private prayer to individuals throughout the day. We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines to keep the building as safe as possible for all visitors:
1. Sign in on the Track & Trace form so we can keep a record of visitors.
2. Only sit in the designated pews – please do not access any of the taped off areas.
3. Use only the side entrance door indicated.
4. Please wipe down the pew after you have finished with the wipes provided.
5. Unfortunately, following Church of England guidelines, we have had to remove Prayer books, cushions, kneelers & Bibles to avoid the risk of spreading any contamination. We recommend you bring your own Bible or prayer book.
6. We ask that you take any rubbish away with you and leave the cleaning items and sanitizer in place for others to use as this is needed to keep the building open to visitors.
7. Prayer booklets are provided so you to take one to keep as your own and reuse to avoid any cross contamination.
We will continue to have our weekly Sunday service via zoom – the details of which are provided on the right of the page.
Finally, as we are not receiving our usual collections during services, we ask that you consider making a donation to help towards the ongoing maintenance costs and share contributions required.
Sadly, along with so many events across the country, we are going to postpone our Summer Fete which was planned for July 11th. We hope we can have an alternative fundraising event and celebration later in the year. However, this will depend on the situation with COVID-19 and Governmental advice to keep the community safe.
Thank you to everyone who had already volunteered to help with support and donations, it is very much appreciated.