Welcome to the Stilton Group of Churches
On Tuesday 23rd June, Boris Johnson announced that churches could open again for worship after 4th July. Having seen some of our churches open for private prayer just recently, it has been good to step inside a place of worship and we welcome the opportunity to do so for worship.
Needless to say, we will need the guidance of the national church before we work out how we can worship most effectively and safely together. Once the guidance is received, we will then start a process of consultation to see how this will look in practice in the churches of the Stilton Group.
We will let you know as soon as possible when that process is complete, though it may be a while before we have completed the consultation and, of course, the accompanying paperwork!
You will, I hope, have already seen times advertised for the opening of churches in the Group for private prayer. Wherever you are, I'm sure the national and local leadership of our churches would value your prayers at this important time.
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.