St Michael & All Angels, Awliscombe

St Michael and All Angels, Awliscombe
St Michael and 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.

Some services are resuming in Awliscombe Church.  See Worship box below for details

We are delighted that St Michael’s will now be OPEN for private prayer and reflection twice a week:
On Wednesday mornings from 8.00am to 12.00 noon, and
On Saturday afternoons from 12.00 noon to 6.00pm
Note: not open on Saturday 5 September because of service to be held next morning
Notes for visitors
Please use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter and leave the church and please maintain social distancing between different households.
Masks are not mandated by government guidance, but we ask that you wear face coverings if possible, to reduce the risk of contamination of surfaces through coughs and sneezes.
Although these precautions should ensure that it is safe for most visitors, anyone who has been advised to stay at home for shielding purposes should continue to do so.

Worship

Lay led service  6 September at 9:30. 
Other services will be advised here as they are arranged.

An update from the Churchwardens

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.

Finance

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!

Giving details:

  • Cheques payable to “Awliscombe PCC” can be sent to me or to Trudie at Vine Cottage, Southleigh, EX24 6JE; 
  • Bank account details are: Awliscombe PCC, Sort Code 30 94 36, a/c no. 40520068
  • Please consider joining the Parish Giving Scheme if you are not already on it: apart from the convenience of a direct debit, which can be set to increase with inflation, this means that if you are a tax payer, Gift Aid is automatically reclaimed, which saves a huge amount of work for the Treasurer. Contact either of us or Trudie for a pack.

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:

  • It will be a lay-led service at the usual time of 9.30, and we will follow our normal New Life order of service, with some amendments – see below. 
  • We are looking for volunteers to lead it, so if any of the usual teams are able to do so please let Roger or me know.
  • We are not allowed to sing at the moment and there can be no homily. However, we can play some music through our speaker (so long as it doesn’t encourage singing!) and we can have an additional reading. We will also circulate by email the reflections on the set reading that Sue prepares for that week.
  • We will be asking people to use the provided hand sanitiser on entry and exit, to stay in separate household groups and to wear masks/face coverings.
  • All of the above will mean the service is fairly short – probably just 20-25 minutes – but we hope that it will be a welcome first step towards a full schedule of services at some point in the future. 

Harvest

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.

APCM

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.  

We need your help at
St Michael’s!
Please consider donating or helping in some other way.
See our Support page.

Notices:

Electoral Roll update – any additions or changes to David Chippington please (oldchips@hotmail.com, 01404 43480)

Arrangements for the APCM are awaited

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.

Specific parish contacts are listed on their respective pages. For general enquiries and to book Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, please contact:

 

The Parish Office
St Paul’s Church
High Street
Honiton  EX14 1PG

01404 44035     office@honitoncofe.org

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