Welcome to Tarporley Parish
One Parish, Three Churches. The parish includes the churches of St Helen in the centre of the village of Tarporley, St Thomas’, in the village of Eaton; and St John and The Holy Cross, in Cotebrook and Utkinton.
Public worship resuming at all three of our churches.
We have been holding communion services at St Helen’s now for several weeks. Whilst our worship does look and feel different it is still spiritual and uplifting and we are confident that the measures we have put in place to minimise risk are keeping everyone as safe as possible.
After consultations and further risk assessments I am delighted to say that St Thomas will resume communion services at 9am on September 13th and St John’s at 11:15am on October 4th (The first Sunday of each month will remain Morning Prayer at St Helen and St Thomas).
Whilst congregational singing is still not allowed, the regulations have relaxed to allow for small choirs. We are currently looking at the measures we need to put in place to keep our choirs, and everyone else safe and very much hope that our choirs will soon be singing as part of our worship services in St Helens and St Thomas. We are also looking to re-open access to the Done Room Toilets for Sunday services by the end of September.
A pdf document describing the measures we have put in place across the Parish is available by clicking here.
Please take the time read through these carefully. I hope that the actions we are taking will reassure you that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe.
Now that services are resuming in all our churches the time has also nearly come to stop preparing and sending out our Worship at Home.
For those of you who are unable, for any reason, to return there are many fabulous ‘virtual’ services and resources available online or the radio and a list of just some of these can be found here on our website. Our Worship at Home Services will finish at the end of September.
Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or want to chat about anything.
I am so looking forward to seeing you soon.
Also please remember that St Helen’s is open during the day for private prayer.
Links to Forms of Daily Prayer:
Visit the Church of England website where you can find the various prayers for the day including the relevant bible readings:-
This page will also explain how to download the Church of England daily prayer app to make this even easier for you.
For those of you who enjoyed the Stations of the Spirit leading up to Pentecost you may also like to look at the Pray-As-You-Go website or download their app to hear, rather than read, another form of daily prayer put together by the Jesuits.
I can also send this material by email to those signed up for our E-News Letter.
Remember that we can all make phone calls, send cards and notes and where appropriate leave gifts and necessary provisions on doorsteps.
We are fortunate to live in a community where we all watch over and help each other.
For further information and links to daily prayer and worship resources, please see the dedicated Church of England webpage
Should anyone who is staying at home, or feeling vulnerable or anxious, welcome a visit, phone-call or help with provisions please get in touch.
These are anxious times for everyone but we face them together and firm in our faith in a God who continues to hold us in his everlasting arms.
01829 732491 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to burn the candle of prayer on behalf of us all
St Helen’s Parish Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information below and at www.chester.anglican.org/socialresponsibility/safeguarding
Our Safeguarding Officer is Liz Neeley;
Contact information for Liz may be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com