The following are papers for this years APCM:
The following are last years minutes:
We are delighted to see that the Covid infection rates and other important numbers in our area continue to decrease. Our community is in a significantly better position than we were at the beginning of the year and we are giving thanks for this.
Now we are out of the national lockdown, and in Step 2 of the government’s roadmap, we are now open for in-person worship at our Wednesday 10am Communion, Sunday 9am Communion and Sunday 11am All Age Worship. Our young people and children are now meeting face-to-face as part of our 11am services on Sundays.
We are still livestreaming the 11am service for those who still need or prefer to join us from home. We are maintaining our Zoom Morning Prayer on Saturday mornings at 9am. Please contact us for details if you would like to join us at this meeting.
Our midweek Youth and Children’s work is returning to face-to-face meetings in the summer term, with our Ignite group meeting in-person on Thursdays after school and our Youth groups meeting at the drop-in cafe on Wednesdays and at Friday Night Takeaway at 7.30pm on Fridays. These activities are all term-time only.
The church leadership – both Standing Committee and PCC – have agreed that, from Tuesday 12th January 2021, we will be temporarily suspending public worship at St Martin’s. This will be reviewed after Sunday 24th January.
The government and Church of England’s advice remains that places of worship can remain open during lockdown and we are confident that St Martin’s remains a “Covid-secure” space. However, there are several factors that have led to this decision for our church:
However, this does not mean that the church is closed! We are as busy as ever, and continue to work on providing all our usual services and community work remotely, wherever possible.
Our regular services and meetings will all be held online, as follows:
We are working to ensure we keep contact with those who do not have access to the internet as well and hope that we will be able to return to opening for public worship very soon.
We continue to pray for God’s protection and for a speedy delivery of the vaccine programme!
Rev Matt Taylor & Rev Abby Rhodes
INFORMATION ABOUT WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS, INCLUDING OUR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY WORSHIP….
As you will be aware, from Thursday 5th November we will be unable to gather for public worship in church for a month, as part of the national lockdown plans.However, we will continue to livestream our 11am worship, as we have been doing since March – join us here on Facebook Live to worship together online.
This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and we will be starting our Livestream early – at 10.50am – to include an outdoor Act of Remembrance and two minutes’ silence at 11am. Those *without* access to the internet are welcome to join us in person, maintaining social distance, for this short act of worship. If you have access to the internet, we strongly encourage you to stay at home and join in with the service and two minutes’ silence from there. This will allow you to easily continue to worship in the main service after 11am.
We will be continuing our series about Worship and the Word and will be thinking about defiant worship on Sunday. We may be unable to gather together in our building but we can still worship together from wherever we are – we’ll see you there!
Following the annonucement that public worship could take place from this weekend, there has been a flurry of activity at St Martin’s as we’ve been busy getting everything ready for our first church service back in our building at 11am on Sunday 5th July. [Read more…] about What to expect: going back to church
In light of the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March, and following further advice from the Archbishops and Diocese, we sadly have to close our church building with immediate effect. This means that it will no longer be open for private prayer or to receive donations for the Foodbank.
However, church continues! We are not closed – we just have to work in different ways. [Read more…] about Church building closed until further notice – 23rd March 2020