Church of England Diocese of Derby Chellaston

COVID-19 NEWS FROM ST PETER'S UPDATED 30.06.2020

*NEW*. 24TH JULY 2020. FACE COVERING ADVICE FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Please click on the following link - https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-07///COVID%2019%20advice%20on%20face%20coverings%20v1.0.pdf

Good news. St Peter's Ministry Team and Church Wardens have received permission from the Archdeacon of Derby to open the church for private individual prayer only on Saturdays from 10.00am to 12 noon beginning on 4th July 2020. This arrangement will stand until further notice. 

We are waiting to welcome you and ask that you follow the guidelines listed below which apply to everyone who wishes to enter the church and make use of this time for quiet reflection.

1. Please wear a face covering if you are able and read the information notices before you come in. Please listen to directions given to you by the Church Attendants, who will indicate where you can sit, and be respectful to them at all times.

2. A hand sanitising station will be available just inside the door. Please gel your hands as you come in and as you leave. To help us cut down on cleaning please refrain from walking around the church at this time.

3. Certain areas of the church are not accessible at this time, to keep everyone safe and limit the amount of cleaning we have to do, we have had to rope off various parts of the church. Please respect the current social distancing advice they have been put in place for your own safety and for the safety of others.

4. Please respect the quiet as others may be praying in church as you enter. You may be asked to wait outside should the number of people in church have reached the maximum capacity allowed.

If you have any signs of illness or have been in close contact with anyone who has the virus or has symptoms of Covid-19 we would respectfully ask you not to enter the building as you will put others at risk.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no public services for the moment as we are awaiting new guidelines from the Church of England.  If you have any questions you please contact us through the 'get in touch' page or by phoning 01332 704835.

Although St Peter's building has been closed for 3 months the people who make up the church fellowship have been working tirelessly supporting our community. The church relies on the generosity of the congregation and visitors who give towards the upkeep of the church. As you can imagine the income of the church has been significantly reduced.  Should you wish to help out you may make a donation to help toward the running costs of St Peter's,  placed carefully in the little tower by the door or through St Peter's Just Giving page on Facebook.

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Below is a statement on individual prayer in churches Updated Sunday, 7 June 2020 by the Church of England.

Please note depending on the guidelines, not every church will be able to open, many things need to be put into place to ensure that the buildings comply with Covid-19 restrictions and are safe for people to use.

***This applies to St Peter’s Church too. So as soon as we know what is happening and what we can offer. We will let you know.*****

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, announced late last night that church buildings will be able to be open for individual prayer from Monday, 15 June 2020.

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, chair of the Church of England’s Recovery Group said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement today that church buildings can open up for supervised individual prayer from 15 June. This is the start of the journey for church buildings to open up safely in line with Government advice and we look forward to their detailed guidance on enabling this first step to happen.

"Advice has already been circulated to all our dioceses to enable local churches to plan ahead for opening up for individual prayer. Our advice recognises that a particular local church may or may not be able to open at the same time as others and collaborative working between local churches is encouraged. A simple risk assessment template has been provided.

"Throughout this crisis churches have been serving their communities in a range of practical ways but this announcement recognises that the buildings themselves are important sacred spaces for people. We also remember all at this time who mourn the loss of a loved one who died during the crisis and recognise that this is a fragile time in the prevention of the spread of this virus.

We look forward to when it is safe for our church buildings once again to become meeting places for worship, prayer and all they do to serve and bless their communities.” Following advice from the Government and the Church of England St Peter's will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are sorry to have to close our church building but the church isn't just the building it's the people who come to worship and give their time to the Parish of Chellaston.  Prayer continues, involvement in the wider community is still happening and services are being held on Wednesday and Sunday at 10.00am via invitation to Zoom and then posted on this page and Youtube.com. You can still contact St Peter's via the links on this page so please don't feel your church and the Ministry Team have deserted you just because the building is closed. 

* NEW - Police advice on potential fraud re NHS Test and Trace service

With the launch of the NHS Test and Trace service, it is likely that fraudsters may try to exploit this service by posing as contact tracers. There is a useful guide to the system, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works issued by the government, on how it works and what to expect if you are contacted.

The key advice is that NHS contact tracers will NEVER ask you to:

- dial a premium rate number to speak to them (e.g. those starting 09 or 087)

- make any form of payment

- purchase a product or any kind

- give bank account details

- give social media identities or login details, or those of contacts

- supply any passwords or PINs, or set up any passwords or PINs over the phone

- disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts

- download any software to your PC

- hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone

- access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS 

Advice from Public Health England

Public Health England recommends that you should take usual infection prevention precautions including:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. Download a poster from NHS England with guidance.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

We are encouraging people to be sensible and follow government advice as far as cleanliness and refraining from panic buying are concerned. We are actively praying for our community and by taking care of each other we will come through this. 

Revd BJ Facey (Vicar) tel 01332 704835, mobile 07732349966, email [email protected]