St Michael & All Angels, Awliscombe
Welcome to the web page for St Michael & All Angels, Awliscombe.
Our church is normally open to visitors every day from 8:00 am. However, THE CHURCH IS MOSTLY CLOSED during the current crisis.
Please take the time to enjoy and admire this ancient building, which has been the spiritual home of
generations of Awliscombe people for at least 600 years.
The Churchwardens published an update for parishioners (amended 01/09/20). The main points are below: a copy can be downloaded as a PDF here.
With no weekly collections, no fete and the prospect of no harvest supper it will surprise no one that our finances are not in good shape, while many of our expenses – insurance, building maintenance and, of course our Common Fund contribution – continue. These are hard times for many of us, but if anyone is in a position to increase their monthly giving or to make a one-off donation (all details below), please give that some consideration.
If anyone has ideas for alternative fund-raising activities that are workable in the current circumstances, please get in touch.
I’m happy to say that we are in with a chance of getting some funding from the Covid-19 Emergency Heritage At Risk fund towards the cost of doing the work required to sort out the Lady Chapel roof. We’re just over the first hurdle and now have to make a full application, so – fingers crossed!
I think that’s enough for now – well done if you’ve got this far!
Lay led services
As we can now resume services, subject to Covid-related precautions, we plan to hold our first service in St Michael’s on Sunday 6th September and monthly thereafter. Key points as follows:
Sadly, as things stand there is no realistic way of holding the harvest supper this year. We will aim to have a harvest theme for our lay-led service in October.
We need to hold this year’s Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting (APCM), incorporating the election of churchwardens and rotating PCC members, before the end of October. To make attendance as easy as possible we are looking at combining it with the October lay-led service, perhaps on 4 October.
What to look out for in the future – Coronavirus permitting
Friday 25 September: Harvest Supper CANCELLED
Sat 5 December: Christmas Market
SAFEGUARDING at St Michael’s – Promoting a Safer Church
St Michael’s Church, Awliscombe is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk to worship and grow in Christ safely. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
As a parish / church we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.
Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church.
We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church / parish.
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to:
* Jane Davies on 01404 44683
You could also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team at – https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.