Worship and Services
SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE
All of our churches are now open for worship on Sundays.
Following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions on Monday 19 July, to protect each other and particularly those who are clinically vulnerable, we are asking everyone who wishes to attend Church to continue wearing a face covering in our churches and also to maintain social distancing.
We also feel that for now communion will continue to only be given in one form, and the priests will continue the rigorous hygiene protocols that are at present in place, including the wearing of a face covering, when distributing the Host (bread).
For those who still feel that they would prefer to join us from home, we will continue to live stream the services from West Runton by Zoom. Joining details can be found on the "Sunday Services and Readings" page.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
We are continually reviewing the situation, so please check the website regularly for updates.
REGULAR GIVING & GIFT AID CLAIMS
Parish giving in the Church of England has slumped by about £40 million during the covid-19 pandemic. Figures presented to the Archbishops’ Council are said to show a 7.8% fall in income compared with 2019. The levels vary across the 42 dioceses: some have experienced a drop approaching 20%, while others have barely been affected.
Here in the Quintet Benefice, we too have suffered a loss of income due, partly, to a reduction in the amount put into the collection plate.
We are very grateful to all those church members who pay a regular amount by Standing Order and would strongly urge anyone who does not currently pay in this way to seriously consider doing so.
Can we also urge everyone to consider increasing the amount that they give and if you are able to make an increase, no matter how small, that would be greatly appreciated.
If you are a UK tax payer, please consider filling in a Gift Aid Form. The church can claim the tax you have paid back from HMRC – which is an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, or put another way, it increases your donation by 25% – that is so long as you have paid the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds.
The church can also claim Gift Aid under the Small Donations Scheme for collections. Under these circumstances, please pay by cash, either in your envelopes or in not more than £20 notes, as we cannot claim Gift Aid under this scheme on cheques or large denomination notes.
If you require any further details, either about paying by Standing Order or about Gift Aid, then please speak to one of the Benefice Gift Aid Officers or one of the Treasurers.