Welcome to the Stilton Group of Churches
13th July 2020
Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks since the guidance for opening churches for Sunday worship was released. We have gone through everything with a tooth comb and I have consulted with all the church wardens in the Group. Returning to public worship is not a simple thing to organise, but we are confident that, through the plans outlined below, we can welcome people into churches that have made good plans to help people remain safe.
2nd and 16th August at 10.30am: Said Service at All Saints, Elton
This service may appeal more to those who prefer formal worship.
26th July at 10.30am: Family Service at St Mary's, Haddon
This service is of course open to all, but will have a distinctively family friendly style.
Something we have learned in the last few months is never to make assumptions about what they future may look like. At present, our plan to offer worship is only based on the above dates. We will review our provision in the middle of August, and let you know as soon as possible what will happen after that.
If you would like to come to any of our services we will be pleased to see you. At the same time, I know many of you are waiting patiently for the coronavirus to subside and have been determined to keep yourselves as safe as possible. I completely commend this approach, especially for those who are identified as being more vulnerable. Don't forget, those who are clinically vulnerable are advised not to attend public worship at present.
Certainly, I would like to encourage you to pray that, as a Group of Churches, we are able to navigate our way through this most challenging of times with a faith that continues to inspire and strengthen us.
Revd. Richard Gibbs
St Mary Magdalene Church, Stilton will be open for private prayer on Tuesday mornings from 9am - 11am and Friday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm.
All Saints Church, Elton will be open for private prayer On Tuesdays 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
St Mary's Church, Haddon is open daily.
All churches have hand sanitiser available for your use, there are signs to show where you can sit and how to stay safe in church. The churches are cleaned regularly.
Rev. Mark has created an Act of Worship document that you can use at home. Click on the PDF icon to download it.
In the absence of our Sunday Worship Rev. Richard has began to upload some videos to our new YouTube channel. You can find the link here. There will be more videos to come over the coming weeks, we hope you find these useful.
Black Lives Matter
It will have been hard to avoid the news of the Black Lives Matter protests which have been taking place throughout the world, after the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Sadly, we have seen horrific scenes like this happen far too often.
Black Lives Matter in the name of Jesus Christ, in the name of God and in the name of the Holy Spirit. As churches of Christian faith, the Stilton Group of Churches stand united against any form of discrimination and Jesus commands us to repent and take action. In God’s eyes, blacks are equal in value to whites, browns, reds, yellows, and everyone in between. Racism is evil. There is only one race, and that is the human race. Ultimately, we all have the same parents (Genesis 5).
We should not be colour blind, we should be colour aware and can all agree that no one should be judged by the colour of their skin. We should be willing to fight against all true forms of racism. In the words of Angela Davis “in a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must all be anti-racist!”
As a group of churches, we should personally pray and speak up and say clearly “that we are working to create a society where we are all equal and that we stand alongside our brothers and sisters to make this happen.”
With our love and prayers, and God’s help “Black Lives Matter!”
The Stilton Group of Churches is committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults in our parishes. Please click on the Safeguarding tab for more information, including our Safeguarding Policy and contact details if you have a safeguarding concern.