CORONAVIRUS NEWS

IMPORTANT NOTICE

From Sunday 5th July, the church is open on Sundays for two services at 9:30am and 11:30am. These services will be very limited in scope - e.g. no singing is permitted. Also, to maintain social distancing etc. numbers of worshippers able to attend each service are very limited, so we are operating a booking system giving priority to those with no access to our weekly on-line services. If you haven't yet been contacted by one of our clergy team, and would like to attend a service, please contact the church office on 01202 733390.

All our other activities remain suspended until further notice. 


The church office will be staffed on weekday mornings from 9am to 1pm as usual.    Please do phone us or email us if you need anything, require information or have a prayer request.  The office number is 01202 733390 and email: office@stclementspoole.org.uk


For other news see our News page: News

 

Our clergy have produced a booklet to help you to worship at home, either alone or together with others living with you.  To download, please click here:  booklet


Church of England resources

The Church of England has provided a number of resources to help people during this time of isolation. For more information about services on line, follow this link:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/online-church


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A message for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 28th June 2020


Recorded sermons

Since 2011, most of the sermons delivered at our 11am Sunday Services have been recorded.

To listen to any of them either go to our Podcast page, or easier, click on this link: sermons



An Important message for us all from Rev. Lynn…….

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your ongoing interest in, and support for, St. Clement’s Church. We are very grateful for the donations that have been made to our funds over recent months.

We are concerned about our current cash flow situation as there has been a significant fall in the “casual” offertory and envelopes which are normally given each week.

Thank you to those who have been donating through standing orders, or who have sent or brought in their envelopes. This has been a lifeline for us. However, we are asking you to consider increasing your donation to our church funds either with a one-off payment or an increase in your regular giving. Please could you inform the office if you are making any changes so that gift aid can be checked. Thank you for all your support.

We have not been able to hire out our halls since September last year because of work on the church building interior, and our sources of income have been further severely depleted since March as a result of the Covid Pandemic. Income from occasional services (baptisms, weddings and funerals) has also been slashed as services have had to be postponed due to Covid restrictions.

In late March work in the church building came to an abrupt halt because of “lockdown” and has only restarted in the last 2 weeks.

We hope that work internally will be completed to allow us to return in early September (though this is dependent on the ongoing control of the CoronaVirus).

To reduce outgoings, we have printed fewer copies of the church magazine, expecting those that have the technology will access it through the church website.

Because of our ongoing commitment to Poole Foodbank it was not possible to shut the hall complex completely and work entirely from home so running costs have continued, though salaried staff have worked reduced hours to enable us to honour social distancing requirements. We were awarded a monetary grant of £3,000 from the Talbot Village Trust to help us physically keep the church office open, (i.e. contributing a proportion of staffing costs and meeting the additional ongoing needs for cleaning and sanitising materials.)

We gratefully received donations of homemade face masks and visors to protect clergy and office staff.

We will continue to post a worship service online each Sunday for the foreseeable future to enable as many as possible to continue to access St. Clement’s, and will continue to post information to those people who are unable to receive correspondence via computer or mobile phone.

Salisbury Diocese advise using Royal Mail rather than hand delivering items, so we are using a significant number of stamps per mailing, depending on the nature of the material.

We are so grateful for everyone’s contribution, in whatever form, to help us get through lockdown. Now we begin to look to the future.


Foodbank 

We are still open on weekday mornings at present to both receive and give out Foodbank parcels - some people have asked how they can donate financially as they are unable to get out ... see below:

Ways that you can give financially to the Foodbank are:

By cash / cheque to Poole Foodbank, Longfleet United Reformed Church, Longfleet Road, Poole. BH15 2HP. (Cheques should be made payable to Faithworks Wessex, but marked for Poole Foodbank)

Direct payment to the Faithworks bank account (00015300    40 - 52 - 40) - but again, please specify that your donation is for Poole Foodbank.

Through Local Giving: https://localgiving.org/charity/fww/ and specify Poole Foodbank in the message box.

Monthly giving: Text POOLE and the amount you wish to donate to 70085. Eg. POOLE10 will create a £10 monthly gift. (You will be charged the amount donated, plus a standard network rate message. You will then be charged the donation amount to your monthly mobile bill.)

Dedicated helpline launched to support the vulnerable:

 

We know that this is a stressful and worrying time for everyone and we want to assure you that the local community is coming together, alongside local churches, to help and support those of you that need it.
Many of you who are self-isolating will have family, friends and neighbours already supporting you with accessing food and every day essentials. We've seen our communities unite to launch support groups across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to help each other during this time. 
We also know that there are some people in our communities who do not have a support network in place. For these vulnerable people, who have no one to support them, we have launched a dedicated helpline. The phone line is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Telephone: 0300 1237052

 

 

Through our ‘Together We Can’ community response we have more than 1500 volunteers plus council staff who will be on hand to help by picking up and delivering food and essential items, as well as providing a cheerful voice to break up the long days of self-isolation. 

Prom Praise 2020

If you are feeling low in this difficult time watch and listen to Prom Praise 2020: