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.
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
We 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.