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 :

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82668874600?pwd=M3lmU3ovY1p0ZHFDWlFBdy9PVWtFZz09

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 :

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82668874600?pwd=M3lmU3ovY1p0ZHFDWlFBdy9PVWtFZz09

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. 

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: 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 heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

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

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.

Open for Private Prayer

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.

Fete Postponed

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.

Keep In Touch

If you haven’t already started to follow our facebook page then please do! We encourage you to post your thoughts and messages of support for each other in there – the Pewsey Deanery group is also very lively with messages of comfort and support so this is highly recommended too. Pewsey Deanery Facebook group.

The Pewsey Deanery team also have a prayer group email which you may like to join – get in touch with them at pewseydeaneryprayers@gmail.com.

We hope you find these resources helpful in keeping you connected to each other.

Announcements

As many of you will know, Gordon Stone very sadly passed away on 18th March at the age of 81. He is being buried at St Katharine’s on Monday 6th April after a very restricted graveside service led by Revd Canon Gerald Osborne. Sadly, due to the Covid-19 restrictions on funerals, none of Gordon’s many, many friends and acquaintances will be able to be there: only the immediate family are allowed to attend.  Gordon’s daughter, Carol, has asked us to pray for Gordon on the 6th and she would like you to know that once we are through this awful crisis, a thanksgiving service will be arranged. Please hold Gordon and his family in your prayers.

COVID-19

Unfortunately we have had to temporarily suspend our usual services and close the church in light of the current pandemic. We will follow government advice closely and reopen the building as soon as it is safe to do so.

Unfortunately this also means that our annual performance of ‘That’s My Donkey’ celebrating Palm Sunday is now cancelled.

Bishop Nicholas’ letter can be found below should you wish to read it.