Suspension of Worship in the Church of England
The Church is alive and active, but our buildings must close for a while.
Monday 18th May 2020
Faith leaders and Government agreed, on the 15th May, to develop a plan to enable the phased and safe reopening of places of worship.
This follows the first virtual meeting of the new Places of Worship Taskforce which includes leaders and representatives from all the major faiths.
More information on Government website.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Church buildings are not open to members of the public at all – even for private prayer.
St Cuthberts family is more than just this lovely building, know that we are praying for you and your families during this national emergency.
Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms
- Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict
hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.
- There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.
- Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate
family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner,
parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way
Due to the new restrictions there will be no Baptism & Wedding enquiries on Tuesday Evenings for as long as the regulations are in place.
For Wedding and Baptism enquiries please contact us by email or phone 07715298711
Regular bulletins will be published here including our weekly information sheets which can be found below or here.
Latest advice from the Natonal Health Service
Coronavirus liturgy and prayer resources
The Church of England has put together a page contains prayers and intercessions for 'personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.'
Please keep your donations coming
With the Church closed for all Services we have no income, apart from the 12 members of our congregation who make their Planned Giving donations by Standing Order. The church still must be maintained and secured and unless things change, we still need to pay our Freewill offer to York Diocese each month (£2,750.00 per month). We still have many bills to pay.
- Perhaps some of you could set up a Standing Order with your bank, even if only for several months to cover the current ‘lockdown’ or think about making your donations by Standing Order in future. Especially, but not exclusively, if you already donate by the envelope system. No need to put money into the envelopes and wait until we can have Wednesday and Sunday Services again.
This will aid cash flow and budgeting, not just now but in the future.
- For those using the Planned Giving Envelopes then put your donation into the weekly envelope and put aside until we reopen again.
Non-Gift Aided donations - please note that only donations below £30 can be used to claim extra money from HMRC under the Small Gift Scheme (GASDS). HMRC say the following:
“In respect of GASDS, guidance on the eligibility for donations for inclusion in this scheme is clear in stating that claims can only be made on cash donations of £30 or less; and contactless card donations of £30 or less collected on or after 6 April 2019.
“Where it is the case, for example, of separate donations being given in a single envelope, then if the church/charity official is happy these are clearly separate ‘small donations’ (and clearly stated as such) then they will be eligible for GASDS, as is the case where separate envelopes are used”.
So if you are saving those donations please indicate how many weeks the donation covers (note/letter) or if you use the Blue envelopes then supply the envelopes for all the weeks that your donation covers so that I know that your donation can be split as indicated above.
- You can send me a cheque periodically, made payable to St Cuthberts Ormesby PCC . Contact me via the church phone (see above under wedding and baptism enquiries) or use the online form at the bottom of the General Enquiries page for details of where to send the cheque. Again if your donation is >£30 and covers several weeks please ensure that you specify this in a note or letter.
- You can donate using your credit or debit card via the the Give a Little link below. Keep your donation below £30 and make them more frequently if necessary. You can choose to receive a receipt by email.
Remember, if you are a taxpayer, you can boost your donation by 25% by filling in a Gift Aid Form. Either for a one-off donation or for regular donations. Unfortunately, this is not an option with the Give a Little donations.
Give A Little online donations
This church relies on donations to stay open and provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry.
You can support St Cuthberts by giving an online donation using your Visa or Mastercard Debit or Credit Card.
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Thank you for your support
Welcome to St Cuthberts Ormesby
Always know you will be very welcome and we hope that you find us open and friendly people who can provide you with relevance and meaning in your daily life. There has been a church here for over a 1000 years and we want St Cuthbert’s Church to be here for all future generations.
We have just paid £215,000 for a new roof and we need to urgently raise funds for restoration work on the tower, an internal re-ordering and a new lighting scheme.
Weʼre raising £5,000, please help us to help you by donating – click on the logo below.
Building the Church Building the Kingdom
To proclaim Christ in our worship and in our community and make disciples of all generations
Regular worshippers at St. Cuthbert’s will be familiar with our weekly “pew sheet” which gives the Bible readings for the current Sunday, contact details for the church, news, and messages from the ministry team. Since all church services have been suspended until further notice, we will not issue the usual printed “pew sheet”. Instead, we will be putting a “mini-bulletin” on this website each week.
The Bishop of Whitby’s downloadable A4 sheet of Words and Prayers for the 7th Sunday of Easter can be downloaded here.
The Bishop of Whitby has also compiled a downloadable A4 sheet of Words and Prayers for the 6th Sunday of Easter. It can be downloaded here.
Click on one of the links above to open the appropriate bulletin.
Anyone interested in watching a live-streamed Service can find a list of those churches in the York Diocese that are streaming their Services.
Scroll down to find churches listed under Archdeaconries of Cleveland, East Riding and York, and then alphabetically by location.
With Church buildings closed its easy to forget that the Church is still active when we cannot meet in St Cuthbert’s. As has been said by Revd. Jen, on several occasions, the Church is more than the building we meet for Weekday or Sunday Services.
We are the Church, and all can continue to support our Church Wardens and Deacon Janet from our homes during the Vacancy. Through prayer; supporting food banks (also see below); financially, by putting aside the money you generously donate or setting up a Standing Order; providing material for the weekly Bulletin, please email that to Carol. Worship in the home may take the form of a shared meal or agape. See the end of this bulletin from York, Holy Communion during the time of Anti-Virus Restrictions (PDF).
The Church of England has a page dedicated to ways we can all participate to celebrating Easter Week; through reflection, Social Media, joining a live-streamed event, or by an act of Spiritual Communion.
The London College of Bishops have reflected on the Eucharist in a time of Physical Distancing.
There is to be a National Virtual Palm Sunday Service led by the Bishop of Manchester.
Families, or individuals, might create an Easter Garden. Suggestions for creating the garden and things to do is available here.
Food Bank Parcels: Janet Caldwell says, if people have anything could they please ring her, and she will arrange collection of food parcels, preferably tinned stuff, and dried goods.
Keep to the Government rules on self-isolation. social distancing and keep well.