Welcome to our new Parish Priest, Fr Nigel Thomas

Fr Nigel was Licensed by the Area Dean, Fr David Waller, on St Michael’s Day, 29 September 2016.

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Among those present to welcome Fr NIgel were his former training priest, Fr Paul Ormrod from St George’s Madrid and the Reader there, Celia Paterson.  Other clergy were Fr Peter Ford, from Gibraltar, Fr Alaric Lewis from Costa del Sol East and the Revd Doreen Cage from St George’s, Malaga.

Please pray for Fr Nigel and Pilar as they settle in to our parish.

 Safeguarding of children and adults who might be vulnerable

This is a topic which has become increasingly important.  We have appointed William Burkey to be our Safeguarding Officer.

The Parochial Church Council has approved the following Policy:

Our Chaplaincy’s Safeguarding Policy

 ”The protection of children and adults who may be vulnerable from harm is of paramount importance to us. We will not tolerate abuse in any form. As a chaplaincy within the Diocese of Europe, we comply fully with the requirements of the Diocese’s Safeguarding Policy*.

We will not in any way tolerate the abuse of children or adults.

Specifically, within our Chaplaincy we are committed to:

  • The care, nurture, and respectful pastoral ministry of all children, young persons and adults
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young persons and adults who may be vulnerable
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
  • The careful selection and training of all those with any safeguarding responsibility within the Church, including the use of available criminal records disclosures and relevant vetting and barring schemes.
  • Preventing abuse or the likelihood of abuse by encouraging and adopting a pro-active stance to safeguarding; responding to the slightest concern whether by rumour, speculation or from an anonymous source – every safeguarding concern will be taken seriously.
  • Ensuring that any concern about safeguarding must be passed onto someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as there are no legal barriers to sharing such concerns.
  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed – co-operating with the local police, relevant local agencies and any other relevant body (eg other faith groups) in any investigation.
  • Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
  • Seeking to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
  • Seeking to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

You will find details on how we action our policy and useful contact information on the following pages. If you have any queries please speak to the Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer, William Burkey

Signed Judith Austwick, Bill Burkey (Churchwardens)

*For information, you can find the detailed diocesan policy, and how it is implemented across all chaplaincies in the diocese, on Diocesan website

 

 

Mothers’ Union

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The Future Programme

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Church Shop and try to organise a programme of speakers and events.

Forthcoming event:  Afternoon Tea. In the summer but date to be confirmed

Happy Birthday to Mothers’ Union!

2016 will see the world’s largest lay-Christian membership charity, Mothers’ Union, mark 140 years of faithful outreach to families of all faiths and none. Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together parents in her own Hampshire parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children, it has grown to an organisation of over four million women – and men – in over 80 countries of the world.

Why celebrate 140th, rather than wait for 150th? In the first book of Samuel he marks an unlooked for victory against the mighty Philistines by erecting a stone, naming it “Ebenezer” meaning “stone of help” as a permanent reminder of the leading and guidance of God “Thus far has the Lord helped us”.

Over the past 140 years, Mothers’ Union has faced, and will continue to face, many challenges. Family life is under increasing pressure and the call on charitable resources is higher today than ever before. But we can look at how we are meeting these challenges and say, like Samuel, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.”

Special anniversary services and celebration events are planned during the year, including a Celebration Service in Winchester Cathedral on the 22nd September; returning full-circle to where Mothers’ Union was founded. New service resources for Mothering Sunday, Lady Day (4th April) and Mary Sumner Day (9th August), are available on Mothers’ Union’s website to enable churches to join us and hold their own celebratory events.

Alongside worship and thanksgiving the charity aims to help over 500,000 people through its practical action work during the year.  To meet this challenge it has set a fundraising target of £1,400,000 to support its work and outreach in the UK and overseas. To find out how you can help Mothers’ Union celebrate 140 years of faith in action contact our office on 020 7222 5533 or email communications@mothersunion.org

- See more at: http://www.mothersunion.org/happy-birthday-mothers%E2%80%99-union#sthash.FsoHQxXA.dpuf

Every year the Mothers’ Union has an Annual Theme

The theme for 2016 is

A Celebration of Faith

2016 is a very special year for Mothers’ Union as we celebrate 140 years of faithful service to families and communities. So we want to take every opportunity to celebrate the faithfulness of God to us 

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Admitting Baptised children to Holy Communion

BaptisedWe now have permission to admit baptised children to Holy Communion.

We will prepare the children together with their parents using a special published programme and when it is thought appropriate a day for their First Communion will be set and they will then be able to receive Holy Communion regularly. The children so admitted will be expected to come for confirmation a few years later as they grow in the Christian life and faith.

This will enable our younger children to take a fuller part in the life of the Church. However, while the day of First Communion will be an important one, we want to avoid making it an expensive and extravagant occasion but that the deeply spiritual nature of the event will be emphasised.

Parish Prayer Chain

We have launched a Parish Prayer Chain to enable many in our parish to pray for others on a regular and systematic basis.

We hope that many of our people will want to be part of this and commit themselves to pray every day for those on the list.

Please give your name and either an e-mail address (or postal address) to Isabel Brown (brownisabel99@gmail.com) and she will send a list of people and concerns to you.

If you know of someone in need of prayer, then (even if you are not part of the Prayer Chain),  please send their names and some indication of their need and Isabel will add them to the list.

If a matter is urgent, then Isabel can send out the details quickly to all those in the Prayer Chain.  Only Isabel will know who has requested prayer, so it is confidential. She will also need to be told if the circumstances of someone being prayed for change.

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called upon to pray for one another.
I hope many will feel that the Parish Prayer Chain is a useful means to fulfil this calling.