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.


Details of our services are on the Services page of this website, http://chalgrovechurch.org/the-church/services/


Giving in a strange year

The past 15 months have been strange 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


Safeguarding

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) Measures

Local Measures affecting this parish

Masks

  • All adult members of the congregation are requested to continue wearing face coverings whilst in the building
  • The churches will have an area where masks and social distancing will be mandatory
  • Church workers will be issued with enhanced PPR (ffp3 masks)

Numbers of people allowed in church

  • 50 for Sunday services: (20 in a social distanced zone + 30)
  • 70 for life events: (20 in a social distanced zone + 50)

Communion

  • Communion is now offered in both kinds
  • There will be no use of the common cup. Instead, clergy will instinct (dip the individual wafer, held in gold tongs, in the chalice and place it directly in the communicant’s hand).
  • Persons who prefer to receive only in one kind can signal this at the administration. Communion will still take place at the chancel step, as at present. We shall graduate to the altar rail when ready.

Indoor Singing

  • We are advised to wear masks, and we intend to follow this

The Peace

  • No handshake of peace to be shared

Other

  • St Mary’s is open-able all day by appointment