A warm welcome to Minchinhampton Parish Church
where 'we accept and share the generosity of God's Love'
 
Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton forms part of the Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley

A response to our community, for and on behalf of the
Minchinhampton Parochial Church Council,
regarding Churchyard Regulations, 18th March 2021

The church is very aware that the present works in the churchyard are causing distress to many, and in particular the timing of this. We have heard people’s concerns, both about this and lack of clarity about what the rules state so we hope that this response and information helps.

Churchyards are a place of solace and dignity where people can remember their loved ones and feel close to God. Each memorial is a private commemoration, but a churchyard is a public space of remembrance and reflection. By taking care of the churchyard we show our respect and concern for all families’ graves and memorials.

To ensure we can maintain the churchyard well, and to follow legal churchyard regulations, we are asking families to take home any man-made items such as pots and ornaments from their memorial. However, we are very aware that due to current Covid regulations that visiting may not be possible. Given the roadmap out of lockdown we ask that items be collected by the end of April. After this time volunteers will move items to the top end of the churchyard for collection, so works can begin.

Families are very welcome to leave plants, bulbs and flowers on graves, but we ask that they are not left in their plastic pot/wrapper. The regulations that apply to churchyards do allow for a single flower container, which should be made of stone or metal, and should be set into the ground, or on the plinth of the headstone. Items that we are requesting you collect, as they prevent our volunteers and contractors maintaining the churchyard safely, are:

Glass vases or pots
• Memorials and ornaments
• Children’s toys
• Kerbs round graves, kerb stones, flat stones/rocks, paving, clippings, footstones, palisades, metal railings
• Flowers or plants made from man-made materials

We understand that this has caused some upset to some families and for that we are very sorry. We want to take care of the churchyard and ensure it is a space that people can visit safely at any time now and in the future.

If anyone would like to discuss this further or have any questions, contact Revd Howard Gilbert on 01453 882289 who will be happy to have a conversation with you.

Thank you for your support,
Minchinhampton Church.

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LIFE prayer

God of hope and transformation,
who in our Lord Jesus Christ offers the gift of life in all its fullness,
send your Holy Spirit and grant us
joy in our following and vision in our leadership.
May we be rich in imagination,
confident in faith,
and courageous in our engagement
with the people and places of this diocese.
As we share your life with the world,
keep us rooted and grounded in love
as we bear witness to your glory
and pray for your Kingdom to come.
Amen.

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This Parish has adopted policies in accordance with guidance as set out on the Diocese of Gloucester's Safeguarding webpages.
For copies of our current Safeguarding Notice and Policy Documents please click on the following links:
Safeguarding Notice
Safeguarding Policy for Children and Young People
Safeguarding Policy for Vulnerable Adults

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The Church has a tradition of daily prayer which embraces the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with scripture.

This page links to the C of E Daily Prayer website allowing us all to join in this daily pattern of prayer. When using the Offices individually read both the priest's and people's part.

The Offices are from the Book of Common Worship for today GMT.

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