You no longer have to wear a mask in church. It is your choice. Of course you may still wear one if you wish. However we do ask you to respect those who may be clincially extremely vulnerable (including the Vicar I'm afraid) and to pop on a mask if someone who is CEV asks you to. You can find hand sanitiser on one of the tables in the church foyer.
We are now re-introducing reception of the sacrament cathedral style (this is "church-speak" for coming forward in a line to receive communion from the priest). If you feel nervous doing this because of Covid (or are physically unable to come forward) then please remain in your place and a minister will bring communion to you.
Like many churches we are still not offering wine from a shared chalice. We don't offer intiction (dipping the host in the consecrated wine) as this can be unhygienic. It is not Church of England practice to have separate small glasses. At the moment only the priest receives the consecrated wine, on behalf of all those present. The sacrament of Holy Communion is not lessened by receiving the host (bread) alone.
We have re-introduced light refreshments after the service.
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, we demonstrate that not just by coming to services in a church building, but by aiming in our daily lives and as a worshipping community to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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