UPDATE: 9/11/2020 – Our services and groups are currently suspended following the most recent government guidelines. We will be recording a service each week that will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Mondays.

English Heritage have reopened the site but this can be closed without warning if social distancing isn’t maintained. This will have an impact on visiting the churchyard or tea room so please call if you are travelling from afar. If you have any questions or concerns about the closure, please contact the Parish Office (M-F 9:30am-2:30pm) on 02392 321380 or email stmaryoffice@btconnect.com

LATEST STATEMENT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING PORTCHESTER CASTLE

What has been happening at St. Mary’s……

SERVICES:

We are cautiously re-starting services at St. Mary’s but this will look different to what it was before.

For the rest of this year our Parish Eucharist and Later Morning Service will be combined and meeting at 10.30am. Please click HERE to see what is happening in October. Make sure to check back each month to see if any additional services have been added.

Please follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information or if you are not on social media, please contact the office to be put on our newsletter list.

Each week our Sunday service will be recorded and then posted to our YouTube channel on Monday for those who are unable to make the service in person.

They will also be added to our Facebook page. Please like and share our posts on Facebook so more people get to see what we are doing.

Each week we will be producing a scaled back Keeping in Touch called St. Mary’s News. It will have weekly updates and any special prayer requests. You can find the most current one on our homepage.

FUNERALS

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement. Please contact us for numbers permitted.

WEDDINGS

We are currently assessing weddings for the remainder of the year, if you haven’t yet re-booked for 2021 please contact Emma at the office.

BAPTISMS 

Baptisms at St. Mary’s are also on hold, we will be in touch to reschedule. Emergency baptisms can take place in a hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygiene precautions and physical distancing as far as this is possible.

ST MARY’S, THE TEA ROOMS AND PARISH OFFICE:

The church building will slowly be re-opening for services, please check our weekly newsletter for the most up to date services

The tea rooms have now re-opened for a take-away and seated service, please adhere to social distancing rules.

The Parish Office (Tel 02392 321380) is still mostly closed, phone calls are re-directed to the Parish Administrator’s home phone and regular office hours (M-F 9:30-2:30) will still be held, although remotely. Emma will be in the office two days a week, please call her to book an appointment if you need to go in.

DONATIONS

Our life together at St Mary’s is funded by donations from regular worshippers, friends of the Church and visitors.  We know that during the outbreak it is going to be difficult financially for many, including us here at St. Mary’s. We will be making reductions to our outgoings, as many will be and we understand if you need to reduce your giving.

As there will not be a regular collection each week and our tearoom will not be producing income, please consider if you are able to give a one time gift or increase your regular giving. Do you usually put your gift into the offering bag on Sundays? Maybe you could give online instead. To set up regular giving please click here for more information or to make a one-off online gift please click here.

Your donation will go into our ‘General Fund’ and will be used to support a whole host of important aspects of Church life.  Perhaps it may end up helping to fund repairs to the fabric of the ancient building, providing resources for the assemblies we lead in local schools, or financing the essential work we do with the bereaved or the housebound.  Either way, we promise to put your donation to good use – we are very grateful for your support and generosity.

CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Royal Marine Band Concert 2020

The Royal Marine Band concert has been postponed until the Autumn. Please get your money back from where you paid, if it was from the office, please call 02392 321380 to discuss options. Those who booked for this concert will obviously get priority for the next RM Concert

Summer Lunchtime Concert Series 2020

In the light of the current situation the Summer Lunchtime concerts are under review. Please check back here for more information as it becomes available.

 

Coronavirus Scams – How to spot and avoid

Latest Covid-19 Advice from Fareham Borough Council
Scams can take many forms, and some can be very sophisticated and seem trustworthy, so we ask our residents to be extra cautious.

Coronavirus phishing scams
Phishing is a type of online scam in which an email or text message is sent in an attempt to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, and financial information. They usually disguise themselves to look like they have come from a legitimate organisation.

Free school meals
Parents have been sent an email that reads: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. The Department of Education have confirmed this is a scam email and not official.

Fake lockdown fines
This scam takes the form of a text message that claims your movements have been monitored through your phone, and that you must pay a fine by going online via a link they have sent you. Do not click or tap any links these messages ask you to, it is a way to steal the payment details of users.

Fake and counterfeit products
Bogus websites and fake products
Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. Products can also be sold online and door-to-door, but never appear once the money has been taken.

Doorstep coronavirus scams
Charity help
While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help to Fareham residents during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals cold calling at homes and offering to go to the shops for them, taking their money, or in some cases their bank cards, and not returning.

The groups associated with Fareham Borough Council are: Acts of Kindness, Community First, One Community and Waypoint Church. You should be extra vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent one of these groups.

Coronavirus doorstop test
Criminals may be calling at people’s homes offering to test them for COVID-19. This is a scam by people who are trying to gain access to your home – do not let them in, and then contact the police. There is no testing being carried out in people’s homes.

How to avoid being a scam victim
Protect your PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone with strong passwords and security programs such as antivirus software.
Consider all emails requesting your personal information as suspicious
Only download files or software from trusted sources
Do not let anyone into your home that you do not know or are not expecting
Do not click on links or attachments in suspicious emails or text messages
Look at the style of email or text message, does it have spelling or grammar mistakes or a messy layout? If yes, then it may be a scam
Before buying anything online, do some research and check reviews to ensure the seller is genuine. Or ask a friend or family member for advice on the purchase.

 

 

 

For updates from the Church of England please visit their site here.

For update from the NHS please visit their site here.