Greetings from St Mary’s
Taking into account the spread of COVID-19, the new national lockdown, and episcopal advice the PCC has decided to suspend on site worship at St Mary's for the foreseeable future. This means that there will be no in-person services at St Mary's this weekend.
The text of the readings, sermon and prayers for all services can be found here.
If you would like to keep in touch and receive further updates by email please sign up here.
Past services are available on YouTube - please use the following link: https://youtube.com/channel/UCv0KDKmAwGyIsE1i07xmiiw
You can also join midday prayer on weekdays, using the Church of England's "Time to Pray" app (for smartphones) or David Adam's prayer cycle. (Print copies available on request.)
The Parish of St Mary's Walkley is committed to high standards in the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguarding Officer is Catherine Burchell, who can be contacted by email at email@example.com. St Mary's has adopted the national church Safeguarding Policy and it can be read in full by following this link: Promoting a Safer Church.
Review of Past Cases & Independent Support
It is likely that you have seen or heard media coverage about the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. What you may not know is that the Church of England is in the middle of a thorough review of past cases, with regard to all kinds of abuse towards children and vulnerable adults. Locally, our Safeguarding Officer (Catherine Burchell) and our Churchwardens are gathering any information that relates to historic incidents involving those who have served in a position of trust (e.g. those in leadership roles). Further information about this process can be found here, along with information about who to contact and how, should you have something to report.
As a result of the IICSA report, there is now an independent organisation providing specialist support for anyone abused through their relationship with the Church -- Safe Spaces: https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/
Under Non Covid circumstances:
St Mary's is a place of beauty and peace. It was built to the Glory of God, and to serve the community. It is the parish church of Walkley, part of the Church of England, and has a weekly pattern of "traditional" worship, including hymns, prayer and Holy Commmunion. St Mary's preserves much of the history of Walkley and is a focus for community events. It is an excellent venue for concerts and exhibitions, and a resource for local schools. We are working to get the church open and available for anyone to enjoy throughout the day. The community hall adjoining the church provides disabled access and is available for hire.
All are welcome to worship with us at the following regular services:
- Sunday 10:30am Parish Eucharist
- Sunday 6:30pm Evening Prayer or Holy Communion
- Wednesday 9:30am Holy Communion
To visit St Mary's when we aren't open for services please contact:
-The Church Wardens (Carol on 07801 685378 or Vicky on 0114 2324943)
For special services and events see our event pages.