Covid Update

11 September 2020

Our online services on Sunday at 1030 and Thursday at 12noon will continue. Subject to Government and Church of England guidance we intend to open our churches for the following services: Service Rota Sep Oct 2020

09 September 2020

As we prepare to re-open our churches for services, please see below summary documents to read before attending a service in one of our buildings.

27 August 2020

The PCC of Witney have made the decision to open the doors of our Churches for some services, from Sunday 13th September. Read the full statement here: Opening Churches 27 August 2020

20 August 2020

As we continue to re-open our buildings for occasional offices, risk assessments will be published here.

31 July 2020

Following today's government announcement the Church of England have issued the following statement: 

"The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August and has withdrawn guidance to permit indoor professional performances with immediate effect. We will study detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and will update our guidance accordingly. 
In the meantime, we continue to strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing."

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

 

26 July 2020

The Church of England, in line with government guidance, strongly advises the wearing of a face covering (mask) when attending a place of worship:

“We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.” 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

24 July 2020

The Rector, Wardens and PCCs take health and safety responsibilities very seriously. Working with wardens, we have developed the National Church’s Covid Risk Assessment for our activities. Our aim is to provide staff with a safe workplace, and for pilgrims, prayers and visitors, a space where our beautiful churches are safe to reopen with restricted activities within the current climate.

  • We have carried out Covid-19 risk assessments and shared the results with the people who work here. The current risk assessment for St Mary's is available here; we will update as others become available
  • We have cleaning, hand-washing, and hygiene procedures in line with guidance in place;
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a two metre distance in the workplace and within the churches as they reopen;
  • Certificates/Signs confirming compliance with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19 are displayed in all appropriate areas;
  • Clear visitor guidance is in place as we begin to reopen our churches.

Thank you for your patience and whether you are able to visit, or have to remain at home for now, please know that you are cherished by God and as a part of our Benefice.

If you have any particular concerns please contact the Rector or a warden.

06 July 2020

For an update on re-opening the buildings within the Parish of Witney, please read An Update on Our Churches and Worship

Here are a list of useful resources

Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774 524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk

If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, call 01865 208290. Alternatively the Safeguarding Adviser Lisa Wilkins can be reached via lisa.wilkins@oxford.anglican.org or 01865 208295.

Year Review

The Year Review contains reports from all the churches in the benefice and many of the activities that take place. Year review 2019 with cover

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