Latest update from St Mary’s Parish Church
in relation to the Coronavirus
12 May 2020

Serving you, our community.

The leadership team are in constant communication with each other daily to decide how best we can serve you and the wider community. We meet every Monday online at 10am to continue the life of the Church and discuss the challenges of being a virtual Church, review the latest advice and guidance issued, and day-to-day operations.

We discussed the following:

  • Amended Government restrictions and any impact on the Church
  • The upkeep of the church
  • Alternative ways to give
  • Pastoral care support - sadly, we remain unable to make pastoral visits,
    but our Pastoral Care team responds immediately to any needs made known to them.
  • The Coronavirus helpline
  • Sunday Services, our live stream/Premieres and other social media platforms.

The church premises and office are closed to everyone for the foreseeable future. You MUST NOT enter the church for any reason without contacting Dominic Gardner or David Kidney for permission to enter. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. The office can be reached by the office phone (679164) and email 10-5pm, Monday to Friday. Please do not send letters/cards to the church unless it necessary and your query cannot be dealt with via the telephone or email.

Sunday Services

Each Sunday at St Mary’s, we will make a service video and release it at 10.30am via a Premiere on Facebook, YouTube and our website (you do not need an account to watch the Premieres). The links for each of the main pages can be found here:

Facebook         YouTube        Website

Online Thursday Church

Thursday Church will be at 9:55am every week and to get involved please email to sign up. About an hour before the meeting starts you will receive an email from the office detailing the ‘room number’ and the password. This will take the form of a link for you to click on. Please check our website for further information.

If you require any help installing Zoom, please contact Dominic Gardner at the Church Office by phone, email or Click here for instructions.

Monthly Prayer Meeting

This will take place by Zoom at 7.30pm on Monday 18th. Look out for details in this weeks’ notice-sheet.

Alternative ways to give

The Parish Giving Scheme is now available via the telephone (0333 002 1271) for those that do not have Internet, as a way of continuing to give regularly through Direct Debit (information is available in the notice sheet). We are looking at other ways like donation buttons or fund-raising pages, using PayPal and cards for one-off donations, so you can continue to support the Church during these times.  We have lost all hall hire revenue, but you might be surprised how much running cost we still have to cover.

Tuesday Weekly Updates

These are designed to give you a sense of what is happening week by week and to show you the Church is still operating. These updates are not intended to record every decision, idea or task being actioned.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear… Psalm 46

Don Smith - Rector
David Kidney and Peter Wood - Church Wardens
 12 May 2020

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and ask to be added to the list.

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Phone: 01255 679164     Facebook: @stmarysfrinton

Zoom video calling:  Dominic Gardner