Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.
The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer. You can contact the safeguarding officer for Wilsthorpe at church, Heather or the parish priest Fr Aran, (his telephone number is 07590 055905).
If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team – their contact details are available at https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/safeguarding-overview There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.
Face coverings are no longer mandatory however we may choose to wear them to keep others safe. Please wear a mask to protect others if you have been in places where you may have picked up the virus and you haven’t taken a lateral flow test. Extra masks will be available in all churches, hand sanitisers will be easily accessible and seating away from others is available, there is plenty of room for all! Face coverings are mainly intended to protect others and I realise that they are inconvenient, but a small sacrifice to make to keep others safe. Infection rates are increasing around here. Those infected are, in the main, recovering well but it is still disruptive to isolate.
If you would like a lateral flow test kit ask Fr Aran; he carries a fresh box in his bag at all times.