St Mary-the-Virgin, Addington
Welcome to St Mary-the-Virgin Church.
In Addington (St Mary), it is virtually impossible to ensure that social distancing is maintained so
regrettably we are not able to restore physical services at this time. However, St Mary's is open in a
very limited way and at the present time the only purpose for entering the church, other than attending
a funeral is private prayer. In all cases, this must mean individual and silent prayer, and if you would
like to pray in the church, please phone Robert Cronk on (01296) 713813 to arrange a convenient time.
Where you can sit or kneel to pray will also be highly restricted. Areas such as the loos, serveries and
vestries remain 'out of bounds.'
Instead of physical worship at St Mary's can we encourage you to either attend services at one of the
other churches in the Benefice or watch the service from St Laurence online? Access information is
provided below. All three of our churches and the communities in which they are set are different,
and the approach that has been agreed reflects these differences.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 1ST MARCH 2021
As you will be aware, the decision was made just after Christmas to close Winslow and Great Horwood
for public worship. Although we were legally allowed to remain open, we were asked by Public
Health Buckinghamshire and encouraged by the Diocese to shut.
With many of our congregation now having received their first injection, and some their second, we are
planning to reopen for public worship on Palm Sunday, 28 March. We are pleased that this year we will
be able to celebrate Holy Week in St James, Great Horwood, and St Laurence, Winslow (please refer to
the weekly newsletter for details). Sadly, we do not yet feel able to reopen St Mary's, Addington, for public
worship. We will continue to offer online worship alongside physical, in-church worship, and this will
include services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. It will take some time for worship
to return to its pre-lockdown norms, but we hope and pray that by the end of June, things will look and
feel more normal.
We have been living through difficult and challenging times, and I know that some feel that we should
have kept the churches open for public worship, whilst others might think that we are being too quick
to reopen, so can I finish by offering some words of wisdom from St Paul:
'Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you,'
If we can keep these three virtues - kindness, tenderness, forgiveness - as our guiding principles,
then we will not only be an open church, but a healthy and attractive church.
SAFEGUARDING: WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE
Seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer :
or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding
This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.