- a roundup of news from St.Andrew's
St.Andrew's during the Covid-19 pandemic
This page gives up-to-date information about our church's response to the coronavirus pandemic
CHURCH STATUS UPDATE
Arrangements for services from 1st July
Although COVID infection rates are beginning to rise with new variants, the rate is still quite low, especially in our region. Therefore, the restrictions from 1st July will be unchanged i.e. no seating restrictions in church and a limit of 42 people in the hall
If you test positive or have COVID symptoms, which these days include cold-like symptoms, do not attend a service or any other church activity.
Communion will continue to be wafers but may be served at the front of the church, if the minister presiding is happy to do so. Please follow the directions of the sidespeople who will be ensuring that the queue for communion is small.
Arrangements for refreshments in the hall after the service will remain the same.
The Darlington CAP Debt Centre services are temporarily suspended due to the sudden and unexpected death of the Manager, Rachel Ryan. She had suffered the completely unexpected and very rapid onset of serious debilitating health problems. She sadly passed away on 31st March. We would like to give thanks for the wonderful way she worked to get the new CAP Project going.
Although the Darlington CAP Debt Centre is not currently receiving any new clients, in the interim CAP Head Office is still providing financial services to existing clients and the caseload is being dealt with by other CAP Centre Managers.
St Andrew’s Church is in the process of recruiting a Debt Centre Manager to continue the good work that Rachel started. The recruitment has to be undertaken in coordination with the CAP Head Office and we are largely driven by their timetable for recruitment and training. We anticipate that we will make an appointment in early October.
In the meantime, if you are concerned about debt issues, please contact CAP Head Office on 0800 328 0006 or via the website I want help | Christians Against Poverty (capuk.org)
Ways to support Ukraine
From the Diocese: Many of you will have seen the harrowing television pictures from Ukraine over the last few days and we would like to alert you to some of the ways in which you can help support the Ukrainian people.
Money can be donated to the Diocese of Europe which is working closely with the mission agency USPG. Funds raised will support Christian charities and churches carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries. Here's a link to their donation page.
Rob and Margaret Bianchi, have been based in our Diocese for many years and run the charity ODM. ODM supports the ARCA project in Moldova, which is seeing a large influx of refugees fleeing Ukraine. ARCA has a campsite and guesthouse which has opened to refugees and is also working with local villages to provide emergency accommodation. An emergency appeal has been launched to buy food, mattresses and other basics. If you can help, please send a cheque made payable to ODM Creative Communications. Their address is 8 Lindisfarne, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 7JR. Or by Bank transfer to:
Account: ODM Creative Communications. Sort Code: 77-20-14. Account No: 16275360. Please put as the reference: Holercani
St. Andrew's Food Bank exists to provide food for people in need. If you find you cannot provide food for your family, whatever the reason, the Food Bank can help to tide you over until you're on your feet again.
The Food Bank is open every week. Call at St Andrew's Church Hall off Haughton Greeen, on a Thursday afternoon, 1:30 to 2:30pm.