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Sunday  20 September 2020

Service of Holy Communion 

St Helen's Church will be open for public worship on Sunday 20 September 2020 for a service of Holy Communion starting at 10h00.

We will of course continue to follow precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus. The service will be kept short (30 minutes). Hand sanitiser will be provided and we ask worshippers to use face coverings in the church.
More details of the coming month's services will be published in the Link magazine and on the church websites. For those who of you may still need to shield, and for others will not yet feel ready to go somewhere public, online material will continue to be produced for broadcast on our YouTube site: 
https://www.youtube.com/c/stmaryschalgrovewithsthelensberricksalome

including readings, a sermon, and some short prayers.

Sunday  30 August 2020

Service of Holy Communion 

St Helen's Church will be open for public worship on Sunday 30 August 2020 for a service of Holy Communion starting at 10h00.

Sunday 2 August 2020

Re-Opening of St Helen’s Church, Berrick Salome, for Public Worship

Following the Government's easing of lockdown restrictions we are very pleased to inform you that St Helen's Church will re-open for public worship on Sunday 2 August 2020 for a service of Holy Communion starting at 10h00, with prayers of rededication outside at 09h50.

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Re-Opening of St Helen’s Church, Berrick Salome, for Private Prayer

You will I am sure be aware that, in their initial response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Church of England and the Methodist Churches suspended all public acts of worship. St Helen’s Church, Berrick Salome, has been closed since 19 March 2020.


The Government has subsequently announced that church buildings can now be opened up for individual prayer. This represents a start of the journey for churches to open up safely in line with Government advice (Statement by Church of England).

 

We are very pleased to inform you that, starting from Wednesday 1st July 2020, St Helen's Church will be open to parishioners for private prayer on Wednesdays, between 10h00 and 16h00. 

 

It is of course vitally important that we minimise the risk of spreading the coronovirus, and we ask all parishioners to follow the appropriate precautions. St Helen’s Church has been cleaned and reorganised according to safety requirements; hand sanitiser is available in the porch, and pew-cleaning wipes are available for use if required.

 

Father Michael is continuing to broadcast Daily Prayer services on behalf of the benefice.  You are very welcome to join these using a suitable device connected to the internet - please see Services.

 

Further information on our next steps for re-opening of the church for services, including baptisms, weddings, and funerals, will be communicated separately.  

19 March 2020 (Initial Communication)
Many of you may already have heard the news that, in response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Church of England and the Methodist Churches have suspended public acts of worship until further notice. This applies to all of our public worship here in Berrick Salome. The bishops have given permission for clergy to celebrate worship without a congregation and to broadcast these services to the community. 

For those of you who are online, Fr Michael has set up a YouTube live feed to broadcast Daily Prayer services on behalf of the benefice.  Those of you with Sky, Amazon Prime, or a Smart TV and an internet connection ought to be able to watch these on your televisions - please see Services

Fr Michael is in regular contact with priests in neighbouring benefices and with Revd John from the Methodist Circuit. The aim is to ensure that pastoral care provision continues, even if clergy in one benefice are laid low with the virus.  

 It would be helpful to have a directory of people who would like to be kept informed of developments in the benefice, or who would like to receive occasional pastoral communications from Fr Michael, Revd John and other clergy operating in our benefice. If you would like to subscribe to this, please send an email containing your name and contact details to vicar@chalgrovechurch.org. (You may unsubscribe in the same way). 

Lastly, it is only natural that some of you will be worrying about whether baptisms, weddings, and funerals, specifically whether they can go ahead. Further information about this will be communicated separately.  

You might like to use this prayer:

Merciful Jesus, who taking our nature and dying for our sakes, have given us eternal relief from all powers that can hurt body or soul, grant that we, knowing ourselves to be hidden within your wounds, may have strength when we are weak and confidence when we are afraid, that, knowing the certainty of our salvation, we may encourage one another and never grow weary of sharing your works of mercy with our neighbours. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Background to St Helen's Church

St. Helen was the mother of the Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor.

Berrick Salome, together with Berrick Prior, Roke and Rokemarsh, forms a community of some 250 villagers lying to the south west of the Chiltern Hills, and about 12 miles south east of Oxford. The small church at Berrick Salome, originally built as a "chapelry", or subdivision, of St. Mary's, in Chalgrove (see History), is in the Deanery of Aston and Cuddesdon, in the Diocese of Oxford. 

When it was built, St. Helen's was in the centre of housing that has since disappeared, so the church building that you see now appears to be rather isolated from the village. Nevertheless,  the church plays an important part in the life of the community today, just as it has done over the centuries. 
 
 
Safeguarding
Our parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. For further information, including contact details, and to view our Safeguarding Policy, please visit our Safeguarding page.

St Helen's Church and the Community

St. Helen's is an ancient Grade 2* listed building, needing periodic restoration as well as constant general maintenance, and so we have a calendar of social fund-raising events to top up both the Restoration Fund and the General Fund. Most villagers enjoy taking part in these events  - not only are they fun, but they also help to embed the church firmly within the life of our small rural community.  

The community also boasts a Village Hall and two pubs, The Chequers in Berrick and The Home Sweet Home in Roke (though the Post Office and shop that used to operate from The Chequers have long since ceased to function). There is also a Band Hut in Roke.

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