The first concern of the Priest and Churchwarden at this time is the safety of the community. All decisions have been taken with this in mind and in line with advice we have received from the Government and the Church of England. As of 23rd March the Church buildings of St John’s Sharow and Holy Innocents Copt Hewick have been closed until further notice. If you are able to enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the churchyard, please remember to keep physical and social distance.
The Church has not closed and we are still worshipping, praying and serving our community in different ways.
We are streaming services online. Our services are streamed on https://www.facebook.com/stjohnssharow/
You do not need to be a member of facebook to use the link and stream the services.
The Sunday Service will take place at 10am on Sunday
JAM Club will take place at 11am on Sunday
We will be ‘live’ everyday except Sundays at 7:00pm with either reflections or Compline.
Collective Worship will take place at 1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Services will be online only on the day they were said. Collective Worship and JAM club will remain posted indefinitely for use by families at home.
Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
As you will be aware from Government guidance, Baptisms and Weddings have been suspended until further notice. We have received no indication as to when that will be. Funeral can no longer be conducted in Church but will be conducted at the graveside or at the crematorium with only immediate family present. We share your distress at not being able to give loved ones the type of funeral you might have preferred. We are thinking of many different and personal ways to say goodbye to and remember you loved ones, ranging from a “Book of Lives” which will have a place in the Church to online services of lament and mourning. After the crisis is over we will create opportunities for remembrance and mourning.
For the safety of the entire community we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all pastoral visiting. However this does not mean that we have stopped offering pastoral care. We acknowledge that is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and problems don’t stop just because of the Corona Virus.
Anyone wanting a confidential and listening ear at this uncertain time, please feel free to ring Ruth Grenfell on 01765 605771 or 07846 395396
Anyone wanting to receive regular telephone check ins should pop their name through the door of parish house or text 07805265171
Care of the sick and dying
The Church has a long tradition of caring for the sick and dying which we want to continue. If someone close to death needs the support of the Church please ring 07805265171. If there is no answer the quickest way to get a response is to text. Although we will not be able to visit in person, we have resources and advice available.
In Sharow and surrounds we have a group of volunteers offering to shop/help out people quarantined or isolated by the virus.
If anyone in Sharow, Copt Hewick, Marton le Moor and surrounding district needs some help please message Carol-ann Howe [email protected] or call Rosemary Triffitt 01765 605576.
And huge thanks to the volunteers 🥰👏
We are working hard to enable as much connection as possible. Whilst being physically distanced we want to be socially active, even if this is online or on the phone. We are in the process of creating Zoom Chats, so that we can speak to one another.
Its not just about what you can catch but about what you might share with someone else. The virus will wither and die if it can’t find a host. If you are vulnerable, that is entitled to an free flu injection we strongly urge you to stay at home. Allow others to have the privilege of helping you. If you are feeling redundant during the crisis there are two things you can do. Pray and phone both are essential. If you wish to be a phone buddy or have a phone buddy then please email [email protected]
Don’t ever let a virus find a new host.
updated Saturday 28th March
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The Church Mission
At the heart of the village of Sharow lies the church of St John.
The mission of the church in this parish is to be a centre for Christian worship, witness, teaching and pastoral care for everyone.The church serves Sharow, including Ure Bank, and the surrounding villages of Copt Hewick, Marton le Moor, Hutton Conyers and Bridge Hewick.
Our primary function is to glorify God. We aim to do this through:
Worship, which (in normal times) takes place at 10:00am on Sundays and Wednesdays, and corporate prayer which takes place at 8:30am on a Monday.
Pastoral ministry, offering baptisms, weddings and funerals, a listening ear and practical support. Our “village pantry” remains open in the open church – a store of food products for those in need to help themselves. No questions asked!
Community Engagement, as our building provides an important community hub which is used by a variety of organisations. The church and village hall run Silver Diners – a lunch club which takes place in the village hall and have a close relationship with our local Church of England School. We offer a range of fun social activities.
Caring for God’s creation and working for climate justice, are important parts of our mission. Our churchyard is managed for bio-diversity and has County Wildlife Status. We are a registered Eco-Church working towards our silver award. See what our Parish Priest says in ‘Greening the Lectionary’ https://www.greeningthelectionary.net/
Teaching and Nurturing children and adults. Children are an integral part of our church. Our Sunday Services are either specifically designed to be all age or we run a JAM club (Sunday School). We run courses three times a year, in Lent, Creation-tide and Advent to help people grow in their faith. Safeguarding is of vital importance to us. Please see below for the policies we adhere to.
Link to: Safeguarding at St John’s
The parish of Sharow is part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds https://www.leeds.anglican.org/
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