CORONAVIRUS NEWS

We are thrilled to announce that St. Clement’s Church refurbishment is now complete!!

 We are pleased to report that the work to the church building has now been completed and we resume services in the Church from Sunday 6th September. Social distancing is still in place but we hope to accommodate as many as possible in our new space and welcome you back to church.

Church life is very different these days and we will continue to post our services online on YouTube for all who enjoy them. Thank you to Jeff Williams who started us on this and to John Fisher and Steve Whitbread who are continuing the good work. 

Our Sunday services in the church at 9.30am and 11.30am will be open to all but we are still limited by numbers, therefore please contact the church office to reserve your seat. A face mask must be worn inside our buildings and this is a requirement from the Church of England. However, the rules and regulations change regularly and we must abide by them for the safety of all.

We hope you will be pleased with the new look and feel of St. Clement’s Church and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Please contact the church office on 01202 733390 for more information.


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 Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 20th September 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.)