Welcome to St Peter's Church
Serving and being part of the community for over 200 years
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Vicarage: 01254 248072
St. Peter, Salesbury
Resumption of Services
from Sunday 12th July
8.00am Holy Communion
9.30am Morning Worship
11.00am Morning Worship
(Holy Communion 19th July & 2nd Aug)
6.30pm Evening Worship
(Holy Communion 26th July)
Worship during the week
Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion
Thursday 9.15am Morning Prayer
Each of the above services will last about 40 minutes
This will be the pattern up to & including 2nd August
after which this will be reviewed
Numbers attending each service will be limited to 30
and social distancing measures are in place
Please use the hand sanitizer on entering and leaving church
Please be aware that the toilet will not be available for use
Important update: ....
We have now received the following advice regarding the use of Face Coverings in Church
They have chosen to highlight the following paragraph:
We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that face coverings are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.
In terms of our response at St. Peter’s, with immediate effect:
We are encouraging the wearing of face covering by all members of the congregations.
A supply of disposable face coverings will be available as you enter church.
Those leading worship and preaching do not need to wear a face covering as long as they are a good distance away from people.
- Face coverings should be worn when speaking over the elements of Holy Communion unless they are covered (for example in a sealed ciborium) and when distributing communion.
- Face covering will be worn by those welcoming or bidding farewell to worshippers whilst in the church building.
As you have probably heard, there will be no singing permitted. At some services Holy Communion will be available, this will be received standing and in one kind (only the consecrated bread will be received).
The fact that church is open for worship should not make anyone feel obliged to come at this stage. Those who are shielding should NOT attend worship before the start of August at the very earliest. Others who are or live with those at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 should think carefully about whether or not it is right for them to come at this stage.
We are taking the steps necessary to make it as safe as practical for people who attend. Please do your bit by using the hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the building, by keeping your distance from others and by following the instructions of the wardens/sidespeople. Pews which are not to be used are clearly marked. There are currently no Bibles in the pews, so if you want to use one you will need to bring your own
We will need to record the name and contact information of those who attend in case this needs to be supplied to contact tracers. This will be kept securely and destroyed after three weeks.
If you bring children with you, they will need to remain in the pew with you. Do bring your own quiet toys/books/colouring as the bags & books we usually provide have all been tidied away.
A collection will not be taken during the service, but there will be a plate available if you wish to place anything on it as you enter or leave church. However, the simplest and safest method of giving is to do so direct from your bank. If you haven’t done so yet, perhaps now is the time to switch to giving by standing order? We can easily let you have the details.St. Peter’s will open from 15 minutes before the advertised service time. Once the service is over you will be asked to leave – starting with those nearest the exit. There will be no refreshments or fellowship time after the service. People must not congregate in groups for conversation, particularly indoors.
ST. PETER’S CHURCH
for Private Prayer
on the following days
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 11.30am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 12.30pm - 4pm
Please follow the instructions on display in the porch as you enter
following the normal rules of Social Distancing
Please note that the toilet will not be available for use
also, if required, you will need to bring your own Bible.
Annual Church Meeting
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 25th October, at 11.30am.
In preparation for this the Revision of the Church Electoral Roll is now beginning & will conclude on Friday 9th October. If you are currently on St. Peter’s Electoral Roll you don’t need to do anything. If you are not currently a member but would like to be, an Application Form is attached to this email, which should be returned to St. Peter’s Church or Vicarage as soon as possible..
“Every one,” C.S. Lewis writes, “says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until there is something to forgive”
What is Jesus trying to tell us? Don't limit forgiveness, don't limit grace, don't limit mercy. Maybe I'm the only one that messes up every day, maybe I think the wrong thought every day, Maybe I do the wrong thing every day, and maybe I say the wrong thing every day.
What if God decided,” I’m only going to forgive him or forgive her so many times”
We wouldn't want that, we don't ever want God to give up on us, we don't ever want God to not forgive us, not to show mercy to us, not to show grace to us, then why in the world are we so willing not to do that for others?
You may well say, "Well you just don't know what they've done to me, what they have said to me and how they have treated me"
The truth is every sin that you and I commit, everything that we do that is wrong affects our relationship with God.
It hurts God, it puts a division between yourself and God and what we have done and what we continue to do and probably what we'll do until we leave this earth, we know we will continue to sin, and because of it, we need to ask for forgiveness.
We need to ask to be delivered, we need to ask for Grace, we need to ask for mercy and Grace in our lives.
What people have done to you and me cannot compare to what you and I have done to God. Asking for forgiveness is not so much about letting God know about our sin, because He already knows. Confession is necessary because it is a chance for us to realise our sinfulness, our unholiness, our disobedience because we have to admit that we need or did something that needed forgiveness!
The idea here is that us knowing that we need forgiveness and how much forgiveness we need helps us understand how to forgive others, it helps us to identify more with those who trespass against us since we have trespassed against God
People are often heard to say, "I'm not going to forgive them until they apologise to me." "They owe me an apology" You should forgive them because you've been forgiven! You should release them of the debt you think they owed to you because of a debt you owe to God and because you have been forgiven!
Since it says, and his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. We are tortured that's what happens when you and I don't forgive. That's why when the person who has done something bad to us, when we hear their name are stomach begins to churn.
When we see them, we can re-live the incident that happened between us and it goes on and on for years and years until we forgive them, until we release them, which then releases us.
I am not saying that you're going to forget it, not saying that you're not having feelings of hurt or remember the betrayal of the ones who hurt us, but until we forgive or are willing to forgive those feelings, those hurts are going to linger.
Most of the ones who hurt us are the ones close to us. That's why Peter said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
The ones who hurt us the most, are the ones closest to us, family, friends, colleagues, yes, even church members.
If we begin to ask God to help us forgive others, and to show mercy and Grace towards others, we will find ourselves in the position to love those individuals once again. We will find ourselves offering love instead of hate. Grace instead of disapproval and mercy instead of unforgiveness.
Forgiveness doesn't come easy, it takes sacrifice. It took sacrifice for God to give us life, it took sacrifice for God to give us mercy, it took sacrifice on a cruel cross for you and I to receive forgiveness.
But if we're going to have joy in our life and peace in our life we are going to have to forgive, not put a limit on how many times we forgive. Forgive them and let God work it out, forgive them and see what Grace can do, see how grace can change a person, see how grace can not only change the person it's offered too but also to the person who is offering it.
That person that needs to be changed, just might be you or I.
DATA PRIVACY NOTICE
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St. Peter, Salesbury
1. Your personal data – what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
2. Who are we?
The PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
3. How do we process your personal data?
The PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.
We use your personal data for the following purposes: -
To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;
To administer membership records;
To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
To manage our employees and volunteers;
To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St. Peter’s;
To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.
4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.
Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.
6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].
Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.
7. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -
The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury holds about you;
The right to request that the PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury to retain such data;
The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
9. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact The Vicar at St. Peter’s Vicarage, 49a Ribchester Road, Wilpshire, BB1 9HU. Tel 01254 248072.
You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides
Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides
* An Altar Server is someone who helps the priest at church services, especially Holy Communion. They serve at the altar! They are on duty about once a month, at the 8.00am and 10.30 services.
* Pick up a leaflet from the back of church, or ask the Vicar or an Altar Server for more information.
* Choristers help lead the singing and the prayers. There are weekly practices during term-time, and social events.
* Junior members get paid a small amount for every attendance.
* Pick up a leaflet from the back of church, or speak to the Organist and Choirmaster after the service.
During Advent there was a collection box/area at the rear of church for any food donations, that will then be passed on to the Foodbank project, to help those less fortunate.
Further details and a list of the type of suitable food items are available in church
Over the Advent period we managed to collect enough food to send 8 boxes to the Foodbank.
Many thanks for your generosity.
We will continue to collect in church, and thank you for any further donations.