St Stephen's - Manor Park

Events

National Youth Sunday

I hope that you are safe and well.

Our longer video for National Youth Sunday is now on YouTube; if you possibly can, take 7 minutes out of your day, and enjoy watching it. The voices of young people from across the Diocese tell us: “I found confidence to share my faith” … “The best experiences in my life” … “Friendship” … “Service” … “Able to talk about God with people like me” … “The BCYS is like a second family” … “Keeping people together, even when we are apart” …

It is positive, reflective and offers a vision of a young Church which will be even more precious after the pandemic. We hope that you enjoy it!

The direct link is: https://youtu.be/HTFEGIHfUDQ and you will also find it on the front page of our website: https://bcys.net/nys2020video/

The whole series of shorter (2 minute) videos, featuring even more young voices, is at: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodCYS

Please do share the videos in any possible way – via your school or parish social media, or via a parish Livestream on Sunday; there would normally be a young person speaking at Masses, so we hope this is at least a partial substitute for that.

The donations element is also important for us – if there are ways you can encourage people to support us then everything they need is on the website www.bcys.net/donate.

As ever, your feedback and ideas are greatly welcomed.

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

With many blessings

Fr Dominic and the whole Walsingham House and BCYS volunteer and staff team


Church Reopening – Volunteers needed

The Parish Team has been working together to make the necessary arrangements to open our church initially for private prayer and later for mass.

It will not be possible to open our church without our community working together to support us in various roles as we need to follow guidelines issued by the government and the diocese. At this stage we would like volunteers to support us in two ways, ushering and cleaning. If you are able to volunteer for either role, please give us a call on 020 8478 1895 or e-mail us at manorpark@dioceseofbrentwood.org …. kindly leave a message with your phone number and name and we will get back to you.

Volunteers will be given training and personal protective equipment to ensure their safety.

Please note that volunteers must not be over the age of 60, must not have any underlying health conditions and not live with any elderly/vulnerable people.

We will not be able to open for private prayer or mass without volunteers to support us so please do your very best to come forward and offer your support at this difficult time.


London Borough of Newham

Dear friends, I hope this finds you well.

As you may have already heard, the MHCLG have released guidance that places of worship will be permitted to open for private prayer from Saturday 13 June but must observe strict social distancing rules.

They have also provided a definition, additional guidance on precautionary measures and restrictions. Do visit their website  to see the full article.

In recognising the challenge this may pose, Newham council have taken a number of initiatives to provide as much help as possible so that places of worship can make an informed decision to open or delay. We continue to advocate that you should only open if you are able to fully conform to the health and safety obligations including conducting a thorough risk assessment outlined in the MHCLG guidance.

Following the webinar hosted by our Public Health colleagues on Friday 12 June, we will be sharing the recording with you very shortly. We are looking to condense the size of the video so it does not clog in-boxes and can be shared easily.

In the meantime, please find the following attached for your convenience:

1. Information on bereavement support and services

2. Information on mental health and wellbeing

2.1 Mind provides a Newham Bereavement Service and can be contacted at 020 7510 1081. More info please click here

2.2 Newham Talking Therapies provides over the phone counselling/talking therapies and can be contacted at: 0208 475 8080. More info available at Newham Talking Therapies

3. Risk assessment templates (generic and faith specific which has been shared with us as good practice – we will share others as we receive them)

4. A comprehensive Places of Worship Guidance in draft stage – this requires your feedback by end of working day on Monday 15 June.

You could kindly reply to Elizabeth Owen (Public Health Strategist)

We trust that you find the information useful and helps you to plan responsibly. For any other queries you are welcome to get in touch and we endeavour to provide a prompt response.

Note: the next Faith Sector Conference will be hosted by Cllr. Canon Ann Easter on Tuesday 16 June at 4.30. We hope to hear your experiences of reopening. A reminder will go out on Monday.

Wishing you all a pleasant and safe weekend.

Regards,

Shah Muhmud

Community Engagement Coordinator
Resident Engagement and Participation

Directorate | People, Policy and Performance

London Borough of Newham

Newham Dockside | 1000 Dockside Road | London E16 2QU


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Social Distancing/Self Isolation is difficult.

There is no doubt that people are struggling/will struggle with this new reality.

Unfortunately there will be issues resulting from this.

Here are a list of numbers you may find useful:

Childline – 0800 1111

Samaritans – 116 123

Domestic Violence Hotline – 0808 2000 247

The Survivors Trust – 0808 801 0181

Mind – 0300 123 3393

Age UK – 0800 169 6565

In addition:

The Forced Marriage Unit – 020 7008 0151

LGBT+ Switchboard – 0300 330 0630

The Mental Health Charity Good Thinking has a lot of useful resources to help you look after yourself – @GoodThinkingUK

Again – feel free to share/distribute.