St John's Parish Church

 Swalecliffe

CORONA VIRUS

You may well of heard, following updates from the NHS, Public Health England and the Government that churches have been advised to suspend all public acts of worship until further notice.  As a result not services of worship will take place at St John's Church or St John's Centre for the time being.  At present we cannot say how long this suspension will last.  Please note that ALL church services, the Annual District Church Meeting, Cafe Church 345, Brunch Club, Chatterbox, Saturday Market, Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, Coffee Break and forthcoming Easter events are all cancelled until further notice.
Please be assured that we are praying for our community in Swalecliffe and Chestfield, for those that work within the NHS, for carers, for researchers and for those vulnerable people within our community.  We are praying particularly for health - physically, mentally and spiritually - during this challenging and difficult time.
There are two new local Facebook groups set up for children and adults to help support each other during this time.  Copy the two links below into your browser to go to  Whitstable Kids Team - a group aimed at children and Whitstable Team Ministry Resources - a group aimed at adults: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3043957465669089/  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/285356959099842/?multi_permalinks=290918808543657%2C290654871903384%2C290642021904669%2C290586545243550%2C290577458577792&notif_id=1584903206782906&notif_t=group_activity
Both are full of ideas and activities to help support us in our faith.  There are regular live streams as well as plenty of things to get involved in.  All are welcome to join.
Funerals can still take place but must be attended by as few people as possible .  Weddings must be postponed at the moment.  Baptisms should be deferred unless the candidate's health dictates otherwise. 
If you, or anyone you know, needs anything and you think we may be able to help, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07510838123.
St John's Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.  We have adapted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines.  The term 'safeguarding' covers the protection of both children and vulnerable adults.  You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding/
Find our own page on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults by clicking here
 

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