Private prayer Sunday 5th July

St Thomas’s will once again be open for private prayer this Sunday 5th July from 9am till 1pm, please spread the word.

We are working towards opening for public worship, i.e. resuming the Sunday service, in a safe manner as soon as possible.

This weekend the church celebrates it’s 140th anniversary, but like so many celebrations that has been put on hold!

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Resources during Covid19

Resources for COVID-19

The Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Dashboard appears to be one of the best source for statistics on the spread of the virus.

Joni Eareckson

The well-known American Christian writer and quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada, talks about how Christians can meet the threat of the virus: ‘A Calming Word during the Coronavirus’

Mental health

The Church of England has produced some mental health reflections to help you in this time of uncertainty. You can access them at:  io/MentalHealth.

The Mental Health Foundation has also produced some useful resources, which can be found at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

You can find a host of other mental health resourcesfrom a variety of different organisations and charities. https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/toolkit/coronavirus-and-isolation-supporting-yourself-and-your-colleagues/

Some helpful books and resources are also available from Sacristy Press at https://www.sacristy.co.uk/books/coronavirus-church-resources#

 

Go to church this Sunday (virtually)

You can watch (and rewatch) the Church of England’s virtual Sunday services through the Church of England website.

Time to Pray

The Church of England’s Time to Pray app is now free to use.

Are you rural?

The Arthur Rank Centre, an ecumenical Christian charity, has launched a resource hub to support rural Christians and churches, covering many aspects of rural Christian life.

 

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Vicar’s message-Covid19

The Vicar will be worshipping and taking Holy Communion on behalf of our two parishes at 9.00am every Sunday. We can no longer meet in Church but you may wish to pray at the same time.

The Church of England has produced some resources to use at home, have a look at the Church of England website and Birmingham Diocese’s website.

Please send any items for prayer you may have to the Vicar on 01564-783121 marc.catley@yahoo.co.uk He will pray them on Sunday or during his daily prayer time.

If you become aware of anyone who is unable to get out and has no other source of help please let the Vicar know.

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Covid 19

Please note that the church is closed until further notice.

Please contact the vicar if you would like him to pray for you or anyone else at this time.

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Important news March 2020

All services at St Thomas’s have been suspended in line with the Church of Englands response to government advice

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Safeguarding poster Afraid to go home

Church Of England

 

Afraid to go home?

 

If you are being hurt by someone in your family, are afraid of someone at home or are in a violent relationship you can to speak privately to our Domestic Violence Contact Person:

Margaret Howie Safeguarding Coordinator St Thomas Church or Rev Marc Catley on 01564  783121

Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser on

07342 993844

you can call any of these helplines to get advice:

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid:                      0800 800 0028

West Mercia Women’s Aid:                                      0800 980 3331

Staffordshire Women’s Aid:                                      0870 2700 123

Black Country Women’s Aid:                                    0121 552 6448

Domestic Violence Helpline:                                     0808 2000 247

Men’s Domestic Violence:                                         0808 801 0327

LGBT Domestic Violence:                                           0300 999 5428

Action on Elder Abuse:                                              0800 808 8141

Emergency Injunction Support:                                0844 8044 999

 
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Policy Statement on the recruitment of ex offenders

 

 St Thomas Church Nuthurst cum Hockley Heath

Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

  • As an organisation assessing applicants’ suitability for positions which are included in the Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal records checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), St Thomas church complies fully with the code of practice and undertakes yo treat all applicants for positions fairly.
  • St Thomas church undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a criminal record check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
  • St Thomas church can only ask individual to provide details of convictions and cautions that St Thomas church are legally entitled to know about. Where a DBS certificate at either standard or enhanced level can legally be requested (where a position is one that is included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 as amended, and where appropriate Police Act Regulations as amended).
  • St Thomas church can only ask an individual about convictions and cautions that are not protected.
  • St Thomas church is committed to the fair treatment of any staff, any potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependents, age, physical/mental abilities or offending background.
  • St Thomas church promotes equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills, and potential and welcomes applications from a wide range of candidates including those with criminal records.
  • An application for a criminal record check is only submitted to DBS after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a criminal record check is identified as necessary, all applications, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that an application for a DBS certificate will be submitted in the event of an individual being offered the position.
  • St Thomas church ensures that all those involved in the recruitment process have received the required level of training by Church of England Birmingham so that they may identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offence and aware of relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders eg Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • At interview or separate discussion stage, St Thomas church ensures that an open and measured discussion takes place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position. Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position applied for could lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment or voluntary position.
  • St Thomas Church has developed a Safeguarding policy for Children, Young people and Adults in accordance with the Church of England’s Promoting a Safer Church requirements which includes the safer recruitment of its volunteers and employees. The Policy statement was adopted by the Parish Church Council in its meeting held on 23rd May 2017. The statement was reviewed and agreed by the PCC during its meeting on 18th July 2019 It is promoted in church on the notice board and on its website.

 

Margaret Howie

Safeguarding Co-Ordinator

 

 

 

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Parish Policy re domestic abuse

 

Parish Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse

Parish of St Thomas Nuthurst and Hockley Heath agreed by the Parish Church Council on 18th July 2019

All forms of domestic abuse are wrong and must stop.

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • Ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse;
  • Protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm;
  • Recognise equality amongst people and within relationships;
  • Enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to appropriately and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • all forms of domestic abuse cause damage to the survivor and express an imbalance of power in the relationship;
  • all survivors (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
  • domestic abuse can occur in all communities;
  • domestic abuse may be a single incident, but is usually a systematic, repeated pattern which escalates in severity and frequency;
  • domestic abuse, if witnessed or overheard by a child, is a form of abuse by the perpetrator of the abusive behaviour;
  • working in partnership with children, adults and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of any child or adult suffering abuse.

We will endeavour to respond to domestic abuse by:

In all our activities – valuing, listening to and respecting both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

In our publicity – raising awareness about other agencies, support services, resources and expertise, through providing information in public and women-only areas of relevance to survivors, children and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

When concerns are raised – ensuring that those who have experienced abuse can find safety and informed help and working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into domestic abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community.

In our care – ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse and identifying and outlining the appropriate relationship of those with pastoral care responsibilities with both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

If you have any concerns or need to talk to anyone

Please contact

Margaret Howie, Safeguarding Officer on 01564785141 or Rev. Marc Catley on 01564785121 _______________________________________________________________

Other Useful Contacts:

Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser 07342 993 844
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid 0808 800 0028
West Mercia Women’s Aid 0800 980 3331
Staffordshire Women’s Aid 0870 2700 123
Black Country Women’s Aid 0121 552 6448
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327
Galop (LGBT) 0800 999 5428
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141

 

 

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2019 Flower festival

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Safeguarding officer for St Thomas is Margaret Howie (dandmhowie@icloud.com)

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