Corona Virus Continuity Plan

 It is with great sadness that we write this article. What we have feared for several weeks has finally arrived, as the whole country anxiously prepares for an uncertain future.

Together with the Church Wardens, we have prepared a continuity plan, which the Diocese have requested, addressing three key area of church life, namely worship, pastoral care and financial stability.

Before I outline this plan, I would like to stress that communication is of great importance, especially as the most vulnerable in our society socially isolate. I therefore encourage anyone reading this article to either make others aware of this website as an important source of ongoing information, or, for those who don’t do technology and social media, to contact them by telephone to keep them up to date.

We are grateful to Simon Jones who has produced two special access areas on the website. Under the general heading ‘Other Activities’ (on the left of the home page screen) you can click on ‘latest updates’ for any relevant new information that we become aware of. We will update this every day, even if it is simply to state that there is ‘no new information.’ Clicking on ‘Prayer Resources’ will allow access to prayers for individual use. New resources will appear each week.

So, back to the plan!

Worship:

As from 24th, March, we have had to close the churches and therefore there will be no opening for private prayer.

Worship resources will, however, be available via the Church of England website (see below)

Click here for Music for Tilston and Shocklach Churches

https://www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus

including online streaming of services.

I also refer you to the 9.45 a.m. daily Radio 4 LW service.

It is also worth pointing out that the graveyards in the churches can still be visited by those wanting to tend family graves and pray.

See 25th. March 'latest update' for details - As from 29th. March we will be having a short online act of worship at 11.00 a.m. Please join us.

Pastoral Care:

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a letter to all clergy regarding the current crisis. In this letter they remind us of an often quoted saying of William Temple (a former Archbishop) that the church is the one organisation that exists for the benefit of ‘non-members.’

Although pastoral care of our congregations is important, we shouldn’t lose sight of the needs of all those in our society. With this in mind, Trisha Swift, our Pastoral Worker, has set up a self-help group via a ‘WhatsApp’ group of volunteers. She can be contacted by email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – and will then co-ordinate through the ‘Whatsapp’ volunteers the help that need to be given.

This help may include the need for ‘Foodbank’ aid. With this in mind, please continue to support this with your donations.

Of course, we are available to offer spiritual support in whatever ways we can. Do not hesitate to ring the Vicarage – 01829250989 – with any prayer requests you or others may have, or even if you are just feeling isolated and anxious and simply want a listening ear.

Financial Stability:

With regular giving via Sunday collection plates not taking place, our Treasurers will have to transfer monetary resources from saving/ deposit accounts to current accounts to pay ongoing bills.

We would encourage all who give weekly to put money aside for the churches as normal; better still, leave your monetary gifts in the collection plate if you visit the church for pray.

God bless,

Tim and Norma

Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

Reverend Tim

                     Reverend Norma

 

 

 

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              St Mary's Tilston                         St Edith's Shocklach

Please contact Rev Tim Robinson and Rev Norma Robinson on 01829 250989

     Tilston Churchwardens: Robin Travis 01829 250382  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or Penny Hearn  01829 250220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shocklach Churchwardens: Helen Peel 01829250184 or helenpeel@live. co.uk  or   Jerry Mobbs  01829 271005

For bellringing matters

St. Mary's tower captain: Dominic Haughton 01829 250654 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 Usual services:

 9.45   Tilston St Mary's
11.15 Shocklach St Edith's
 
BUT:
CHECK CHURCH ROTAS FOR VARIATIONS AND SPECIAL SERVICES
 
 Safeguarding.

St Mary’s and St Edith’s churches take their duty and obligation to protect all, extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at

 www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.

"If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at

 www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/safeguarding"

  

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