From the team

Normal is never ‘new’, is it – the fact is, if something becomes normal, that means we are used to it. So that makes what we are living through now just ‘life’! We eat, sleep, talk, shop, cook, pray, garden, work, play….and sometimes doing these ordinary things takes longer than before. 

So where is your happy place now? Where are you at peace? Are you ‘waiting until it’s all over’? If that’s the case, you might have to wait a long time. A better idea might be to live life as it is to the full…… just like Jesus suggested, in fact. He said himself he came so that we could have life – abundantly!

As we think about that, we in the ministry team in Avon Swift hope that you are appreciate the words below. They were written by Elizabeth Clark, the National Rural Officer for Methodist and United Reformed Churches, who has created a new version of Psalm 126 shared by Rural Ministries (www.ruralministries.org.uk):

Psalm during COVID
How bright was life before lockdown!
How busy and noisy and fun.
We sang, prayed, and praised together; God was good.
Now there is silence and for some darkness, loneliness and fear.
Where is God?

The silence is broken by loud insistent bird song,
The darkness is illuminated by a profusion of flowers and butterflies.
We exchange smiles and greetings with strangers.
As we learn to stop, look and listen,

we are surrounded by glimpses of God:
God is here!
God is good!

 Please take time to follow the latest advice about churches in our group opening. Look on your church noticeboard or contact your church warden for details. 

The Church of England also has a page where you can find the latest updates here:

Latest Advice Link

 We pray for you in our local communities, churches and schools every day, and you can get in touch through the website if you’re interested in exploring what it means to live life with God. We leave you with these words:

 May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favour, and give you his peace.’ 

Numbers 6:24-26 Living Bible (TLB)

Please take time to follow the latest advice about churches in our group opening. Look on your church noticeboard or contact your church warden for details.

The Church of England also has a page where you can find the latest updates here:

Latest Advice Link


Safeguarding

If you have a safeguarding concern, you can contact the local Independent Person for your parish. 

Their details can be found on individual church websites or on the church noticeboard.

Also see the links page or on A Church Near You.

If you are not sure who to contact our local benefice Safeguarding Administrator is Karen Morgan 01455 699259 or 07853 339936. 


In Leicester Diocese, if you have concerns about a child, young person or an adult who may have been harmed or be at risk of harm, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support: Rachael Spiers 0116 2615341 or Peter Holloway 0116 261524.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don’t delay in ringing the Police on 999 or Children or Adult Services:

  • Leicester City Children and Adults Services (incl. out of hours for Children’s Services) – 0116 454 1004
  • Leicester City and Leicestershire Adult Services out of hours – 0116 255 1606
  • Leicestershire Children’s Service (incl. out of hours) – 0116 305 0005
  • Leicestershire Adult Services (daytime) – 0116 305 0004
Out of Hours Safeguarding Cover - If you need advice about a safeguarding matter out of office hours (evenings and weekends) please call:
  • Thirtyone:eight tel 0303 003 1111 (Option 2) - Callers should state that they are calling from 'Leicester Diocese'.
In an emergency (especially if someone is in immediate danger of harm) you should always call 999 and ask for the police.


Childline For children who want someone to talk to Tel: 0800 1111


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“With many in our country on lockdown,
t’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated,
whatever age they are."
Archbishop Justin Welby  

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We the parishes of The Avon-Swift Benefice commit ourselves to God and to one another, seeking to become a community that is centred on Christ and inspired by the Spirit to respond to the love of the Father and share it with others."

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