Following advice from the Archbishops of Canterbury and our own Diocesan Bishop, as from Tuesday 17th March 2020 Public worship at St Paul's is suspended until further notice. This is very sad news, as worship is at the heart of our community and our lives.
We can choose to regard these changes to our way of life as either a difficulty or an opportunity to expand our personal spirituality and relationship with the God who loves us. We can look for strength and wisdom from the Holy Spirit to work out ways to support each other, seeking to follow Jesus more closely on this difficult path that has begun in what seems like a much darker Lent than we may be used to. We need to remember that Lent, the sombre days of Holy Week, the horror of Good Friday and the abandonment of Holy Saturday are overtaken and surpassed by The Resurrection, and we are Easter people.
We are very to say, that in line with governmanet advice that all places of worship should close, St Paul's is no longer open even for private prayer. We do have a Facebook page, -- St Paul's Church Marton -- which we will try to update as much as possible, including some prayers for you to use.
St Paul's Marton is one of the largest parishes in the Diocese of Blackburn, with around 22,500 people in its boundary.
We are an inclusive church family, believing that God's love is available to all. We do not exclude on the grounds of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, social status, or disability.
Our reason for being is to worship God, and show God's love to those who have yet to know how much God loves them.
Promoting a Safer Church
As a church we have adopted the House of Bishops 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop's Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. Our PCC has formally adopted and signed the Safeguarding Policy Satement Promoting a Safer Church. Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found on the Safeguarding Statement page. We display the Promoting a Safe Church poster and Domestic abuse poster in our church. All those working wih children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, receieved safeguarding and support.
Further Information can be found on the Safeguarding Statement page
'Past Cases Review 2' or 'PCR2'
We are committed to making our local church a safe space for all and ensuring that everyone understands that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
That is why Church of England churches across Lancashire, which collectively make up the Diocese of Blackburn and of which our church is a part, are participating in a comprehensive safeguarding review.
This survivor-focussed review is known as ‘Past Cases Review 2’ or ‘PCR2’ and is looking at all the information a church might hold about incidents of church related abuse by those who have held positions of responsibility in a church – both recent and non-recent.
The PCR2 work is ‘survivor-focussed’ as it is important the church continues to listen and respond to the voices of survivors of abuse.
Anyone seeking to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse is encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Blackburn’s Safeguarding team. They can do so on a dedicated phone line or email: 01254 503093 and email@example.com
Recognising this may not feel safe for those with a direct experience of abuse from within the Church, if you would prefer to speak to someone else in the first instance contact: The Police by dialling 101 or online at www.lancashire.police.uk/contact-us; Lancashire Victim Services on 0300 323 0085 or online at www.lancashirevictimservices.org/contact or contact the NSPCC on 0800 80 20 20.
The link to the dedicated PCR2 website page at www.blackburn.anglican.org where you will find a host of PCR2 resources, information, FAQs and more.
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