The Church of England in St Mary’s, Sixpenny Handley,
Gussage St Andrew and St Rumbold’s, Pentridge.

Corona Virus

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We are now living in fast moving times as a result of COVID-19 with the situation changing on a daily basis. As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement, all church events and activities have been postponed until further notice, this includes all church meetings, Choir, Magnificafé, Teddy Bears, Breakfast Church, Men’s Breakfast, Bible Study Group and Film Nights.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York have made an announcement that ALL church services will be postponed until further notice. However this does not mean the work of the church will cease as we are all part of the Body of Christ. Firstly our daily prayers and study of scripture should continue. To aide this I will be looking at how to do a daily live stream on social media, most probably via Facebook. I will also send out the gospel reading for the day along with a prayer and any specific prayer requests for your to include in your own prayers via our electronic mailing.

I will ensure that our churches open on a daily basis. If you do visit any of the churches for personal prayer and reflection then please observe the guidelines by keeping at least 2 metres away from any others in the building and please wash your hands thoroughly after any visit.

I will be working with local village leaders and our Benefice Churchwardens in the setting up of care for those who are self-isolating for whatever reason. Though we maybe in our homes on our own we should not feel isolated. Brothers and Sisters this time of trial will past and we must place our trust in God and in one another.

Blessings Revd Canon Richard Hancock. TSSF

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The Benefice of St Mary’s Sixpenny Handley, Gussage All Saints and St Rumbold’s Pentridge take their responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

If you have any safeguarding questions or concerns regarding our benefice please contact us.

Safeguarding Policy (PDF)

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