St James Church
St James is a friendly Christian community, with a traditional small village church building, belonging to the Church of England in the Portsmouth Diocese.
From Reverend Richard and the Churchwardens: SUSPENSION OF GATHERED WORSHIP
On Monday 4 January, our Parochial Church Council members met in a combined meeting to consider what our approach should be to gathered worship in our church buildings under (then) Tier 4 COVID restrictions. Shortly after the conclusion of that meeting the Prime Minister announced the tougher restrictions of the current national lockdown owing to rising infection rates and the pressure this is placing on NHS capacity.
The Combined PCCs decided overwhelmingly that we should suspend Sunday and Wednesday gathered worship, as a temporary measure, to do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus, to encourage people to stay at home and to protect the local NHS capacity. This decision was not taken lightly, but reluctantly and with deep regret, but also in appropriate recognition of infection rates and the pressure on health services that exist in our local area.
A further decision was made amongst the combined PCC membership that we will not open either building for individual prayer at the moment - this was another decision that was taken with a heavy heart, but the same factors of preventing spread, staying at home and protecting the NHS were at the heart of this very difficult decision.
We are conscious that people's prayer needs are likely to increase when there are no church services to attend during this period; you can contact a member of our ministry team on one of the numbers below if you would like someone to pray with you:
Revd Richard Hutchins 07504 214344
Revd Angela Johnson 023 9264 4595
Revd Anne Gothard 023 9259 6315
We will keep the situation under review in the coming weeks, and will provide updates as appropriate. God bless.
The parish of Clanfield: St James is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Portsmouth’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.