Re-opening for Private prayer

Re-opening St Mary’s for Private Prayer

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has decided that it is safe to to open the church building for private prayer.

The church will be open for individual private prayer from Sunday 14 March 2021 (Mothering Sunday) from 1pm until 3pm and each Sunday thereafter, providing we can organise stewards for each week.

We would ask that you observe the directions in church and maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres from each other (unless you are in a bubble with the other person). Please also always wear a face covering (unless medically exempt).  There will be hand sanitiser stations within the church building.

We have introduced a one-way system, using the north door as an exit, unless the stewards on duty consider that the grass is too slippery for a safe walk back to the pathway.

Please do not attend the church building if you, or anyone you live with, has symptoms of Covid 19, or have tested positive within the previous 10 days.

In order to avoid any spread of the virus please do not congregate within the church building.

We will be following government guidelines and if there are any changes to this, we reserve the right to reverse this decision without notice.

If possible, we would ask that you scan the NHS Track and Trace QR code, just inside the church door, otherwise you will be asked for your contact details, which will be held securely for three weeks before being securely destroyed.

If you have any questions, please contact Ian Hudson, Churchwarden on 0775 999 1030. Please leave a message if your call is not answered, as Ian is also working so may not be able to take the call immediately.

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Temporarily closing the church building

Due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, and in consultation with the Bishops of Sheffield and Doncaster, all regular worship services and other gatherings at Saint Mary’s church building have been suspended until further notice. We are keeping this decision under review.

After much discussion, we are also suspending opening the church building for personal prayer. We are also keeping this decision under review. Funerals can still take place in the church building by arrangement (and following government and Church of England guidance to minimise the risk of spreading infection).

If you would like someone to pray with you, if you would like some practical help at this time, or if you would just like to speak to someone from Saint Mary’s church, please contact us using any of the methods on the ‘Contact Us’ page of this website.  Please also contact us if you would like to join in with any of our online Zoom gatherings.

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Opening for private prayer

We will be open for private prayer on Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Please note that we are not able to provide prayer books or copies of The Holy Bible, please bring your own if required.

Our Stewards will be happy to help you, please follow their directions.

We will ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival and exit.

There is a one-way system in place, please follow the directional arrows.

If it becomes busy, we may ask you to wait outside the church until there is space available, which will be sanitised before your use.

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Welcome to Our Website

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Welcome to the website of the church of S Mary the Virgin, Beighton in Sheffield, UK. If you would like to find out more about S Mary’s church, or if you are interested in having a baptism, wedding or funeral here, or wish to discuss anything else, please contact us.

The church of Saint Mary the Virgin is committed to high standards in the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our safeguarding officer is Elinor Noble, who can be contacted on (0114) 247 5934, and our parish safeguarding policy can be read in full by clicking on the following link (.pdf document). Safeguarding Children Policy 16 03. (There are also useful safeguarding contacts and resources on the diocese of Sheffield’s webpage and on the Church of England’s website.)

Fr Mike Healey (priest-in-charge)

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