Welcome to St John the Baptist Church Shedfield
The United Benefice of St John the Baptist Shedfield and St Nicholas Wickham
St John the Baptist Church by Adrian Jordan, 23rd April 2020
Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting
The Meeting of Parishioners for St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield is to be held in the church on Sunday 25th October 2020 at 11:00am for the election two Churchwardens. This will be followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting for the election of parochial representatives of the laity:
To the Deanery Synod (2)
To the parochial church council (5)
The appointment of the Independent Examiner or Auditor
For the consideration of;
a) report on the changes to the Roll;
b) Annual Report on the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally;
c) financial statements of the council for the year ending 31st December 2019
d) annual report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the parish church;
e) report of the proceedings of the deanery synod; and
f) other matters of parochial or general Church interest.
A few copies will be available in church but these will be reserved for those that do not have access to the Internet.
Whether we go to church once a week, now and again or not at all, our parish churches have a long tradition of being a constant, comforting presence in our lives. With all the challenges and worries that the corona virus crisis is causing us, having to restrict the use of our church buildings and suspending many weekday and Sunday services has been an enormous change for us all to cope with.
With the easing of lockdown restrictions, churches are opening again for private prayer (from June 15th) and a limited number of public worship services (from July 4th). Those are opportunities that have been much missed and longed-for these past months! Social distancing requirements and public health regulations mean that we’ll be having our own ‘new normal’ in church, which is as exciting as it’s challenging. It’s really important that we stay focussed on what we can do and not what we can’t.
Self-isolation, shielding and all the other restrictions mean that coming out to church simply isn’t an option for many people. Everyone’s having to learn how to keep in touch with each other in different kinds of ways. That includes the church family here in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham too. That’s why ‘Being Church at Home’ is growing into ‘Being Church Together’.
Being Church Together has two strands: Being Church at church is our Sunday public worship, which for the time being will alternate at 10.00am on Sundays between St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield and St Nicholas Church, Wickham (the website will have all the details and up to date information). Being Church at home will continue to provide the weekly Being Church at home series of services for everyone to share during this time when we can’t all meet together for worship in church. Each Sunday we’ll carry on posting two specially-written services on the parish websites. There’ll be the benefice’s own morning prayer service, along with a more informal service with a reflection on the Gospel reading along with prayers and hymns that can be followed online or printed out for those without access to the internet. This informal service will be as similar as possible to the one we’ll be taking part in at church, so we really will be ‘Being Church Together’.
And if you’re new to church: welcome – it’s good to have you join in, wherever you are.
Please be assured that you are very much in the ministry team’s thoughts, and please do pray for us as we are praying for you – from Revd Jane, on behalf of Revd Juliet, Revd Ruth and Stephen
The Ministry Team, the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas, Wickham
St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield is the Anglican (Church of England) parish church for the villages of Shedfield, Shirrell Heath and Waltham Chase in Hampshire. We are one of two parishes in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham (Diocese of Portsmouth): to find out more about our sister parish, please visit www.stnicholaswickham.org.uk To find out about St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School, see https://stjohnthebaptistprimary.co.uk
St John the Baptist Church warmly welcomes you – whether you live locally or are visiting the area, or come to church once a week, once in a while or once in a lifetime.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the church is open for private prayer from 10:00am until dusk daily except for Sunday, when it is open from 12:00pm until dusk.
For the time being, a Sunday morning service with music and an address will be held at either St John the Baptist Church or our sister church, St Nicholas Church, Wickham. The service starts at 10:00am and the doors open at 9:40am. Please check the Being Church At Home page (and/or A Church Near You www.achurchnearyou.com) for the latest information. Please do remember that the wearing of facemasks is mandatory and to use the hand sanitising station on entry and on exit. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should self-isolate and not come to church.
Baptism and wedding enquiries: Please contact the the Parish Life Events Co-ordinator, Mrs Jane Goulson:
T: 01329 833 299 E: email@example.com
St John the Baptist Church
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The Parish Magazine for Shedfield, Shirrell Heath and Waltham Chase is published 10 times a year free of charge to over 1660 local homes.
Coronavirus crisis: please support your local businesses at this difficult time. The magazine includes a number advertising pages for local businesses.
Safeguarding at St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield
St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield takes its responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and their welfare is paramount in all areas of church life.
Clergy, lay staff and volunteers who work within the organisation and/or as part of the congregation are required to follow good policy and practice to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually. High professional standards are maintained in all worship and all pastoral, counselling, educational and recreational situations involving children, young people and vulnerable adults.
To facilitate this, all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and members of the congregation working with or seeking to work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults are properly recruited, screened, trained and supported.
The church’s Safeguarding Policy statement (agreed on by the PCC in May 2019) is below. The benefice’s Safeguarding Representative is Julia Jordan, who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01489 890 007.
The Church of England – Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
Last updated Monday 19 October at 14:21
The Church of England’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches can be accessed here.
St Nicholas Church is now open for private prayer and public worship.
The church is currently open every day for private prayer between 10.00am–1.00pm Monday to Saturday and 12.00pm – 5pm on Sundays.
The church is open for public worship on alternate Sundays: for the latest information about Sunday services visit here.
Please be aware that those with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate and not come to church, and that social distancing measures must be followed. Designated seating is available, entrance and exit doors are clearly marked, and hand sanitiser dispensers are in place. Please be aware that your name and contact details may be taken, in line with the requirements of the NHS Track and Trace programme.
To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during the pandemic, please contact the Parish Administrator.
T: 01329 832 162 E: email@example.com
Daily Hope phone line
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
‘With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.’
Individual Private Prayer
The Church of England has produced this poster for those of you who would like to access some prayers on your phone for use in church. Just scan the code using the QR Reader phone app.
You might like to access some prayers on your phone.
If you have a QR Reader app, scan this code for some prayers you might like to use:
Or visit this web page:
There are some words to help if you’re missing someone who has died, and more prayers to help you pray about family and friends.
To light a candle as you pray for someone or something, please scan here:
Or visit this web page: www.churchofengland.org/light-a-candle
To remember someone who has died, visit: www.churchofengland.org/funeral-candle