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St Cuthbert's has reopened
We are pleased to inform you that St Cuthbert's reopened on 5th July 2020 and whilst we have been busy making the church environment as safe as possible, we ask that you take heed of the following:
Those who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions, are welcome to attend Holy Communion but the decision to so is entirely your own.
Individuals who are self-isolating at home due to Covid-19 symptoms or sharing accommodation with someone with Covid-19 symptoms should not attend services or enter the church.
The Church of England has issued the following guidance on the wearing of face coverings in Church.
'We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus [COVID-19] and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing. '
'A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.'
We also ask that you follow the other guidance designed to keep you safe while attending Church services. That on entering and exiting St Cuthbert's everyone is asked to wash their hands with the hand sanitiser provided in the entrance porch. Please always keep to the government physical (social) distancing guidelines while inside and outside the church. Remember this is still 2 metres without some additional control measures.
To maintain physical distancing at the end of the service please wait until the steward(s) tells you that your row may leave and follow the one-way system while maintaining physical (social) distancing.
Although no refreshments can be provided at the end of the service, and we can no longer sing or chant, a warm St Cuthbert's welcome still awaits you.
There will be no Wednesday communion service for the time being.
Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms
The government has announced that it will now be possible to hold a funeral service in church after 15th June and to hold wedding and baptism services from 4th July 2020.
- Baptisms. Limited to a maximum of 30 people who must maintain hygienic precautions and physical (social) distancing as far as possible.
- Weddings. Limited to a maximum of 30 people who must maintain hygienic precautions and physical (social) distancing as far as possible.
- Funerals - Limited to a maximum of 30 people who must maintain hygienic precautions and physical (social) distancing as far as possible.
The 30 people who may attend these services includes the minister and any other parish officers required by the church. For example, the verger at a wedding. It also includes any workers not employed by the church, such as wedding photographers.
Baptism & Wedding enquiries back on Tuesday Evenings from 14th July 2020.
We welcome wedding couples and families arranging christenings (baptisms) again to join us on a Tuesday evening between 6 and 7pm. No booking required, please bear with us if its busy.
If you cannot make a Tuesday session then please contact us by email or phone 07715298711
Latest advice from the Natonal Health Service
Give A Little online offerings
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
Please keep your offerings coming
As we welcome back our congregation for Sunday services from 5th July 2020 please do not forget to keep those offerings coming in. It is really easy to donate regularly by standing order.
- Perhaps you could making your offering by Standing Order with your bank (forms available here). 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.
- In this time when we are all using contactless methods more often it is easy to make an offering using the Give a Little link above if you are unable to be at a service in church.
- For those using the Planned Giving Envelopes then please put your offering into the weekly envelope and put aside until you are able to put them into the collection plate.
This will aid cash flow and budgeting, not just now but in the future.
Non-Gift Aided offerings - 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.
- You can donate using your credit or debit card via the the Give a Little link above. 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.
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.
On December 15th, a carol service was held at Holy Trinity church, North Ormesby, which was led by the Revd Jennifer Croft, the Vicar of St Cuthbert’s Church Ormesby. We were blessed by the presence of the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt. Revd. Paul Ferguson; who gave us his blessing. Also, as part of his pilgrimage around the Diocese of York, His Grace the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu called in to greet those who had attended the service.
“Well it is that time of year!“ you might say, but this service was for people living with Dementia and their carers. It was an idea that evolved from an ‘off the cuff remark’ during a “Singing for the Brain” session (supported by the Alzheimer’s Society) some several weeks earlier; which of course, led to a meaningful event that was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.
The Revd Jennifer Croft, who delivered the service and is part of the working group, was perfect as she had a good understanding of Dementia. The service was very tactile, visual and interactive, with a memory to take home in the form of a small cross with a prayer and there was an order of service, which also offered a visual reminder of the event. Memories were clear about the story of Jesus as people nodded and smiled at the readings and graphics on the large screen. It was wonderful to see people singing the Christmas carols without the need to read either the screen or the service book!
There was an abundance of helpers who all understood the need to make everyone’s day meaningful and had the skills to do so. There were volunteers who welcomed and greeted people and chatted with them, and they made people feel ‘included’ prior to the service. The organist played traditional carols and people sang spontaneously even before the service started.
‘ASDA Foundation’ offered to be a sponsor for this event and they supplied the food and drink for the festive tea afterwards and a gift of shortbreads to take home. There were several people preparing and serving tea and cakes afterwards. Some wore a traditional frilly white apron which created conversations of the 50’s and of tea rooms that folks frequented!
There was lots of laughter, smiles and contented faces at the end of the day, truly reflecting the spirit of Christmas. This was reinforced by many positive comments, such as:
“We really appreciated it, as it was the only Carol service we will be able to get to this year due to accessibility and crucially, time of day.“
“I could feel the joy you all had in what you were doing and how it reflected onto the people who had come along.”
“I wouldn’t use the word enjoy I would say overwhelmed by love and kindness, thank you for such a wonderful afternoon.”
One gentleman was a little agitated by small children at the rear of the church but when one of the children climbed up on to the chair next to him, he immediately went into a nurturing mode, smiled and made sure the child was OK.
There was a wonderful memory of where the vicar showed a picture of the peaceful Bethlehem with the star above the stable; and she asked what the picture reminded them of, and a little girl came up to the front and called out “Cinderella!” It was lovely!
During the last prayer, we held hands and it was a true picture of comfort and contentment. A wonderful experience for all!
This is the beginning of something beautiful in the diocese with churches working together making sure all significant christian calendar events are covered using varying venues to promote inclusion and equity. It is the beginning of Middlesbrough being a dementia friendly town.
We welcome back Revd Carol Sunley as Associate Minister here at St Cuthberts Church, Ormesby. There will be a Licensing Service for Revd Sunley at 6:00pm on Wednesday 16th December 2015. We hope that you will join us to celebrate her new role in our Community.
Jen, Lesley, Martin, Kay (and Millie), Trish, and Anne would like to thank you all for helping us to raise a grand total of £330.00 for the roof and restoration fund. Its never too late to donate!!!!
Jen, Lesley, Kay, Martin, Trish, Anne and not forgetting Millie the dog, all set off at 09:00hrs for our rogation walk and arrived home tired but happy 4 hrs and a minute later having covered about 12 miles.
We negotiated, mud, leaves, traffic a few Santa clauses on motorbikes, a giant 6 foot Disney mouse (Don’t ask?) another ‘Jen’s Joke’ for a Sunday in the future thanks to a parishioner in Netherfield’s.
We laughed, joked, chatted, prayed, especially to St Anthony to find Jen’s lost legs?
We enjoyed some lovely views, spoke to some lovely people and managed to raise some money for a little effort.
We will collate the total for next week, but to press the amount is £200.00 with more pledges to gather in.
There will be a box at the back of the church on Sunday if you still wish to donate