CORONAVIRUS and our churches
All Church of England church and cathedral buildings have been closed since late March in order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and the risk of people developing the COVID-19 illness. This means no weddings, baptisms or funerals can be held in our churches until further notice, although graveside and crematorium funerals are still permitted at the moment, with only members of the immediate family attending. But the people that make up the Church in our villages are still here - still praying and worshipping, caring for our neighbours and communities. We just do it differently - at home, and on line. There are many good resources available through the internet to help you pray and worship, to find what you need to help you through this strange and difficult time. You will find information about them, a homily for the week, and other resources on our news letter (under News & Notices on this page). Holy week and Easter will be a very odd time this year - no gathering to hear again the story of Jesus' Passion, no vigil, fires or great celebration of the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. That will happen later, at the end of what will feel like a very long Lent - when we will have a big party!
St Martin's today is part of a larger benefice and shares its incumbent with the neighbouring villages of MEPAL and SUTTON. Together we value our diversity as well as our community and if you are local and find that St Martin's is not to your taste please do consider visiting our sister parishes
or St Mary's in Mepal www.achurchnearyou.com/mepal-st-mary.
St Andrew's,in Sutton www.achurchnearyou.com/sutton-st-andrew
Safeguarding: all three churches have adopted the House of Bishops' policy on safeguarding of children, youth and vulnerable adults, follow the Diocese of Ely's policy and procedures on safeguarding, and take very seriously our commitment to ensure the safety and flourishing of all. For further information, concerns and help on safeguarding in any of the three churches contact: Incumbent 01353 778722 or the Parish Safeguarding Officer 01353 778603. You may also contact the Diocese's Safeguarding Adviser 01353 652731 and Safeguarding Officer 01353 652735. If you are concerned about immediate risk to a child or vulnerable adult please contact the local council 0345 045 1362 (children) and 0345 045 5202 (adults) and 01733 234 724 out of hours, or the police.