St James' Church Pages
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Church and Coronavirus
COVID-19 UPDATE – 19th June 2020
You will have seen in the media that the Government is allowing churches to reopen their buildings. This is for private prayer and meditation only. However, the guidelines as to how this is done are very strict and a church cannot be opened until permission to do so is received from the Archdeacon.
The Rector and Churchwarden, who have the responsibility for this, have concluded that it is too early to safely open Smisby Church given the constraints and need for a lengthy risk assessment. For the time being therefore the church building will remain closed.
Melbourne Parish Church Streaming Services
The Revd. Steve Short, the Rector of the Melbourne Benefice, of which Smisby is a part, is live streaming a service from his dining room every Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook while the churches are closed. Click here for the Melbourne Parish Church Facebook page
St James' Church
WELCOME TO SMISBY ST. JAMES
Hello and welcome to the web pages for our ancient village church.
St. James Church stands on a hill above the village and has been a place of Christian worship for more than 900 years.
There are four churches in the group we belong to – Melbourne, Smisby, Stanton by Bridge and Ticknall.
Our Rector is the Revd. Steve Short who leads a ministry team of Clergy and Readers.
Please take a moment to click on this link and peruse the St. James Parish Church Parish Safeguarding Policy
It sets out our policy and what to do if you have safeguarding concerns about the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities.
Please note the update on coronavirus There are no services for the foreseeable future and we will be advised when it will be safe for these activities to restart.
St. James is a ‘traditional church’ using the Book of Common Prayer; and services would, but for the coronavirus measures, be held at 5.30 p.m.
NEWS FROM SMISBY
Annual Parish Church Meeting
All parish churches have to hold an Annual Meeting at which the Church wardens and PCC members are elected. This meeting should take place before the end of May, but this will not be possible in 2020.
The Bishop of Derby has made a legal order which allows the Annual Meeting to be held later in the year but before the 31 October 2020. The order allows the current Church wardens, Deanery Synod representatives and elected PCC members to remain in office until the Annual Meeting can be held.
Canon David K Edwards
David is now in self isolation but can still be contacted. See ‘Who to contact at the church’.