Updated 6:15pm Friday 20 March 2020

Some of our Ministries will undoubtedly stop. They will be listed here as and when they do – and on their own web page if they have one.If you have any queries at all that are not answered below, please do feel free to Contact Us

We are also trying to start to build a page with Resources to help during this season – links to online Church Services by others, music, videos, meditations, crafts etc etc. (If there is something you think may help, do share it with us via our Contact Us page.)

Church Services – as of this afternoon (Tuesday 17 March), the Church of England has advised all Church Services to be cancelled until further notice. More information is expected soon regarding Funerals and weddings etc

Tots Time – a Monday morning get together for Parents/Carers and their 0-3 year old children is now not operating until further notice.

Snack and Chat – a monthly meal on a Saturday lunchtime. Was next due on Sat 21st March. Now cancelled until further notice

Community Hub Cafe – a Tuesday morning community free cafe – very sadly now cancelled until further notice

Midweeker – a Wednesday morning gathering in our Upper Hall. Now cancelled until further notice.

Boys and Girls Brigades – both organisations have now had central advice to cease meeting until further notice

Readers Rambles – organised short and longer walks on a Saturday – sadly now having to be stopped

We hope we will be able to provide a place for folk to gather and feel it is safe for them to do so when we eventually start to return to normal and that our welcome will stay as warm as usual. In all things, please decide for yourself what you feel is safe for you and others. Thank you – and take care.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION LINKS

Full and current Government advice can be found here

The Governments updated advice (16 March) on Social Distancing and Isolation can be found here

The Governments list of essential workers and what to do if you have school or nursery age children can be found here. In particular, if any think they are on that list, before contacting their school to arrange for them to go, the first action is to: “confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service”.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND ADVICE

Current Church of England advice can be found here. There will be local decisions made on many areas of ministry as not everything mentioned as potentially available or desirable will always be possible as local situations do always vary. Where anything has guidance to be stopped, we will be stopping it. If you need to check anything specific for St Jude’s Church, please go to our Contact Us page to get in touch.

A VICAR IN A SHED

The Vicar has started to record some short videos – “A Vicar In A Shed” – as a small sustainable thing to try and help us stay connected as a Church and Community. Here is the introductory short video and here is the link to these or other videos we may get online on our new St Jude’s Church YouTube channel. Maybe subscribe to the page to ensure you get to see them as they get placed on line if you think it may help.

If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to one of our Safeguarding Representatives: Mr Ian Turner and Mrs Helen Foster who can be emailed via safeguarding@judes.org.uk
The Safeguarding Team of Exeter Diocese can be accessed via: https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11