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The Priory Church of St Peter
St Augustine of Canterbury
St Fremund the Martyr
Following guidance from the Church of England, our church buildings are currently closed.
There will be no services, meetings, events or gatherings physically in any of our churches until further notice. The only exception to this is the Foodbank at St Augustine’s church, which continues to operate on Thursday mornings.
Here’s what our Rector said in our online service on Sunday 7 June:
Last night the Church of England published a statement on its website: “We welcome the Government’s announcement today that church buildings can open up for supervised individual prayer from June 15. This is the start of the journey for church buildings to open up safely in line with Government advice and we look forward to their detailed guidance on enabling this first step to happen.”
This does not mean that our churches in Dunstable will be open ‘as usual’. We are expecting more detailed guidance from the Diocese of St Albans and Ecclesiastical Insurance in the next few days. When we have that guidance there will need to be a comprehensive risk assessment exercise to determine whether any of our churches are able to open safely; and, if able to open for private prayer, what safety measures will need to be put in place, and how those measures are to be paid for. All this will take time, so please don’t expect an announcement imminently, but be encouraged that once we have the guidance we will be able to start working towards a plan. The Priory wardens and I hope that the first step might be that people will be able to come and pray in the Priory for an hour or so on Sunday afternoons later in the summer.
The parish of Dunstable is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of St.Albans’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
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The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Dunstable
Charity Number 1130250