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
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) Update 31 July 2021
Her Majesty’s Government moved the Covid arrangements in England from Phase 3 to Phase 4 deristrictions on 19th July. Shortly thereafter the Church of England Covid recovery Group released its own guidance to English Dioceses base upon its assessment of the Government’s advice. On that basis, Oxford Diocese sent a note of guidance to all incumbents and wardens regarding the next steps available to us.
Here at St Mary’s we have, since the beginning of the pandemic, had our own local Covid Standing Committee convened from the Office Holders in the benefice (wardens, lay chairs, secretaries, and incumbent). This standing committee met in person on Thursday 22nd July to formulate a local response.
Local Measures affecting this parish
- 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 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.
- We shall introduce this gradually
- We are advised to wear masks, and we intend to follow this
- Any outdoor services can have as many hymns as we want
- These can be served outside now, but not yet inside
- We would use disposable cups in the first instance
- No handshake of peace to be shared
- Pending a Risk Assessment, this might be possible in September
- There is still a requirement for visitors to sign in
- St Mary’s is open-able all day by appointment
- One-way signs are scheduled for eventual removal
- Reminders to wipe down/sanitise will still be in place
Provisional Timetable for Changes
25th July Communion in 2 kinds; numbers increased
8th August Signage removed (except social distanced zone); one-way system eased
22nd August Trial of Congregational singing (masked)
5th September Earliest date for indoor refreshments; (outdoor from 1st August)