A Safer Church
Both Churches take the safeguarding of children,
young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.
Please contact the Diocese of Manchester Safeguarding Officer Abbey Clephane-Wilson on 0161 828 1451 or our
Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator Jacqui Adams on 07510 062455 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any
Safeguarding concerns about the Parish.
2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 17:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!"
We aim to have Jesus at the heart of everything we do, not only in church as we worship, but in our daily lives, work places, schools and homes.
Now that restrictions have been lifted, below is how we will proceed with worship and continue to live with Covid19 in our church settings for the hour on Sunday mornings.
Within this framework for church as in other areas of life, people will make their own decisions regarding face coverings and social distancing regarding themselves and others.
As Incumbent, it is my recommendation that we follow Church of England and Government guidelines to proceed with caution and continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings, especially as we have limited ventilation. Other details are below.
• As set out in the current Church of England Covid19 document, while it is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others.
• This will continue in one kind (bread only).
• Those who set up for communion and administer to continue to wear face coverings and gloves as breathing over the bread and wine involves aerosol and droplet spread.
• People to remain in their seats.
• To remain in current form so people who want to distance are able to do so.
• This also provides the space to administer communion.
• Singing allowed but given the lack of ventilation, we ask you to wear your face covering when doing so.
• Increase ventilation at St. James by opening the vestry door in addition to the main doors. Do not leave personal possessions in the vestry. Make sure safe is locked.
• Increase ventilation at St. Saviours by opening the door off the Junior Church room.
• To continue in its present form.
Continue to provide Hand Sanitiser
• Continue to display this in church.
• This will continue.
Foundations for Ministry is a stimulating course open to anyone active in church life who feels some sense of vocation or calling to Christian ministry, and needs some time and space to unpack what this might mean and look like.
WHAT IS THE COURSE AIM?
The courses aim is to provide you with a solid foundation so that you can continue to develop and explore your calling both to Christian ministry and to the life-long adventure of being a disciple of Jesus.
What does the course offer?
The course runs over three terms and includes 23 evening sessions and four Saturday course days. Sessions will include a mixture of inspirational talks, group work and personal reflection all designed to help you:
HOW TO APPLY
I became a Christian in the early 1980’s and started off in full-time Ministry as a Church Army Evangelist in 1990. I was ordained in 2003.
Originally from the West Midlands, I am a lifelong West Brom supporter.
I am married to Lyn who is also a Priest and have children who now have families of their own.
My interests include Boot Camps, poetry, mental health issues, sitting on the beach and watching sunsets, and the excitement and wonder of playing games with my grandchildren.
My name is Howard Moston and I am licensed by the Diocese of Manchester as an Ordained Local Minister.
I began my training in 2007 after I retired from teaching and was ordained in 2010.
I share leadership of Sunday Worship with our Vicar David, at both St James and St Saviours. I take baptisms, funerals and weddings in the parish. I am involved in preparing candidates for Confirmation, preparing young children to receive Communion. I support our Junior Churches in the preparation of All-Age Worship. I lead worship and support RE lessons in both our St Georges and our St James School.
I train our choir at St James and have responsibility for music at both St James and St Saviours. The choir is very competent and sing challenging music. We sing at all the major festivals of the year and also on special occasions. We are currently preparing to sing “The Armed Man” by Karl Jenkins on Remembrance Sunday evening as part of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI.
We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm until 8.00pm and we are always ready to welcome new members.
THE ROLE OF THE CHURCHWARDEN.
My name is David Marsland and I am one of the wardens along with Kath Moss and our Deputy Warden Rachel Holt. I have been elected on two occasions, the latter being in 2006.
The roles and responsibilities of a churchwarden are wide and varied, as befitting an office that dates back to the 13th century. Churchwardens are officers of the bishop and their loyalty is to him, whilst at the same time remembering that they are chosen by the people of the parish, so their responsibility is to the parish as a whole, not just to the church congregation. Some of these responsibilities are summarised here.
I am also the Parish Rooms Manager responsible for taking bookings for the hiring the building.
I am also a licensed LEM. I organise the rotas for the Sides people, the Acolytes, and the Coffee team.
I have been Churchwarden (People's) for the last 10 years, before this I was a Welcomer in the Church, which I have attended over 25 years.
Together with the Vicar's Warden, we look after the fabric of the Church and day-to-day running. We hold the keys to the Church and have access at any time.
Other responsibilities are our connection with Sunday services – keeping details records for reports and inspections.
I am a trustee of the Child Care Village which is based in our Parish Rooms during the week. This is an interesting voluntary position working closely with the Manager and other Trustees.
My other voluntary work is as a receptionist at our local hospice, which I find interesting and challenging.