Chalgrove Church – A place A part
This ancient building has a place in this village, for those who worship here and for everyone else, with its heritage. It is a welcoming place, a place to dream, a place to celebrate, a place to cry, a place to be with God.
So this building is a part of our community and it has a vital part to play in the life of this village. But it is also on the edge of the village with open fields to the south and west, so in that respect it is apart from it. Being apart is to be holy, to be called aside, set apart in this world.
St Mary’s is a part of this village and it is apart from this village.
Each year we produce a Yearbook recording the past year’s events in time for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. This year’s edition can be downloaded here.
A strange year
2020 has been a strange year for everyone. Like churches all across the country, St Mary’s Church has sought to meet the challenges of the year with courage and hope. Some of those challenges relate to lost funding from events, some relate to the equipment we need in order to provide new ways of giving spiritual support to our congregation and community, some relate to our preparation for recovery in the post-Covid19 world that is not so far off. We would like you to help us to meet the financial costs of these challenges. There is an easy way to do this. If you want to give a donation of anything from £3 to £30, please click this link … DONATE
This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. The parish Safeguarding Policy can be seen here.
Covid 19 (Coronavirus)
Following permissions from the Government and from the Bishop, we are pleased to announce that we are able to open St Mary’s Church for individual private prayer, and for a limited programme of Sunday worship. Further details are available on the Services page of this website.
For those of you who are online, Fr Michael has set up a YouTube live feed to broadcast Daily Prayer and Sunday services on behalf of the benefice. Those of you with Sky, Amazon Prime, or a Smart TV and an internet connection ought to be able to watch these on your televisions. The link for these services is on the Services page of this website, http://chalgrovechurch.org/the-church/services/
Fr Michael is in regular contact with priests in neighbouring benefices and with Revd John from the Methodist Circuit. The aim is to ensure that pastoral care provision continues, even if clergy in one benefice are laid low with the virus.
It would be helpful to have a directory of people who would like to be kept informed of developments in the benefice, or who would like to receive occasional pastoral communications from Fr Michael, Revd John and other clergy operating in our benefice. If you would like to subscribe to this, please send an email containing your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. (You may unsubscribe in the same way).
Lastly, it is only natural that some of you will be worrying about whether baptisms, weddings, and funerals, specifically whether they can go ahead. Further information about this will be communicated separately.
You might like to use this prayer
Merciful Jesus, who taking our nature and dying for our sakes, have given us eternal relief from all powers that can hurt body or soul, grant that we, knowing ourselves to be hidden within your wounds, may have strength when we are weak and confidence when we are afraid, that, knowing the certainty of our salvation, we may encourage one another and never grow weary of sharing your works of mercy with our neighbours. Through Christ our Lord. Amen