News and Comment

The Sunday Link for Sunday 24 May


Free Will Offerings and Finance 

The Diocese of York have expressed their grateful thanks to the people and parishes for the faith and confidence that has seen the Free Will Offerings to the Common Fund “hold up remarkably well” in the current difficult circumstances. As for Keyingham, we need to thank our Treasurer for ensuring each year that an appropriate offering is negotiated and paid in full well ahead of deadline. A video message from the Diocese may be found here .  
On a different subject, the Diocese have warned us that some unscrupulous people have been sending fraudulent e-mails to parishioners asking for money and claiming to be parish clergy. They advise us, if we receive anything of the sort, ALWAYS to check the identity of the person sending the mail. If in any doubt that the request is genuine, DO NOT RESPOND.  


Appointment of a New Vicar to the Benefice 

Everyone will be delighted to hear that the appointment of the Revd Alisdair Mark Laird to our benefice has now been confirmed. In the current circumstances, it is not possible to say when he will be with us. At the present time, his current role at the Hull and East Riding Hospitals Trust is seen by all as a priority. In this copy of the Patrington Grapevine, he writes briefly to introduce himself. We all look forward to meeting him! 


Churches to Remain Closed

A further letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on the 24th March tells us that, following government advice, church buildings may not be opened for private worship. Weddings cannot take place in church until further notice. Funerals may only take place at the crematorium or graveside, with a small number of immediate family members attending. Emergency baptisms may take place at hospital or at home, subject to strict hygenic precautions and physical distancing.  

Public Worship Put on Hold

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become "a different sort of church" in the coming months to face the challenge of the Covid19 coronavirus. See their message here and their joint letter to clergy. This means that, until further notice, there will be no normal Sunday services in the churches of the benefice. We are urged to fulfil our calling by prayer and service to others. Further guidance for prayer at home, including links to on-line services, can be found on the Church of England web site. Prayer material from our local benefice will be circulated in hard copy and on this site.
A further letter from the Archbishops, with some clarification and explanation, is available here.

Children's Society Boxes

All of the Children’s Society boxes have now been opened, and the total came to £384-47, more than last year for slightly fewer boxes. The Children’s Society have acknowledged receipt and have stressed how useful this will be at the present time. Current instructions say that boxes should not be collected or returned until further notice, but it appears that everything was complete for Keyingham ahead of the shut-down.