Welcome to King Charles the Martyr Church, Potters Bar
Welcome to the website of King Charles the Martyr (KCM) Church, Potters Bar. We are an Anglican Church offering a wide range of styles of worship from traditional to informal. We are a caring community consisting of people of all ages who believe that God makes a difference in our everyday lives. Our mission is to Know Christ More through worship, prayer and study and to Make Christ Known by sharing our faith with those around us.
In light of the new national lockdown, the Vicar, wardens and PCC have agreed to return to online worship and continue with 1030 Sunday worship for the time-being. We will review this course of action when the Government review the national lockdown in mid-February. There will be no public worship in church.
Sunday's services will be live-streamed at 1030.
The current situation is such that any gathering of people increases the risk and though we have a robust Health and Safety policy and are confident of the provisions we have put in place, the reality is that infection rates are rising and as a church we have a responsibility to all those who walk through our doors - not least the most vulnerable.
We know this will come as a blow to many of us and this decision was not taken lightly. Please be assured that our ‘online’ ministry will continue with a minimal team in church to facilitate this and we will endeavour to continue our ministry to those members of our congregation not online. Please do be in touch if you need support or know of someone else who would value a call.
The churchwardens and I will continue to meet regularly to assess the situation and will keep you informed.
With every blessing for 2021.If you need anything - prayer and pastoral care in particular - please get in touch (contact details can be found on the contact page of this website or in the notice sheet posted below.)
Please do continue to pray for those who are finding this ever-changing situation difficult.
With love, Revd Atalie
The Church of King Charles the Martyr provides a spiritual focus and outstanding facilities for the local community. It is YOUR church and like all charities, is dependent on the generosity of its members, the local community and others.
If you would like to make a donation towards the work of the Church of King Charles the Martyr, either as a one off or would like to join our regular giving scheme these are the ways that you can donate
- by speaking to our Treasurer to set up regular giving to help us plan
- by tapping the cashless giving machine in church
- with a text message by texting KCM 3 to 70085 to donate £3
- online via the donate button.
Join with us to worship Online Sunday morning at 1030
Due to the current constraints, we currently enjoy a Morning Worship Eucharist (with worship group) on the first and third Sunday of the month and a Sung Eucharist (with choir) on the first and fourth Sundays. Where there is a fifth Sunday in the month, we offer an all-age Eucharist Service. We will review this pattern in February as we enter Lent and hope to return to two services on a Sunday when circumstances allow.
Words for all our worship can be found in the News and Notices section further down this page.
Services on Facebook
All our services are live-streamed (and can be viewed later) on Facebook. Our Facebook site also includes information about the many other activities going on in the church. You do not need a Facebook account to access this.
Your safety is our priority
As we enter a new National Lockdown Government guidance states
Places of worship
"You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship. "
The church of King Charles the Martyr will be closed for public worship for the time being, but do join us online.
When we reopen for worship in church, your safety is our priority and we have introduced a range of measures to ensure that the risks of cross-infection are minimised. When attending any of the services, please enter by the North Porch in the car park and exit by the South Porch onto the vicarage driveway. Social distancing will apply and you will be asked to sign in for Test and Trace and hygiene measures will be in place. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the church. Our Risk Assessment for Worship can be found on the Policies page of this website.
News and Notices
Sunday 17 January - 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Notices for the Sunday 17 January
This week, our service is led by the Revd Atalie Gaines and will be live streamed on Facebook.
Please click on the links below for the Notice Sheet which contains this week's readings and notices and the words for the live-streamed service.
Orders of Service and words for worship at home
KCM Community Cafe
Due to the current government advice, we regret that the KCM Community Cafe will be closed until further notice.
Bible verse of the day
We are a passionate Church family, committed to proactively meeting the needs of our wider community. We will welcome and engage with people through open and inclusive worship and prayer, enabling everyone to Know Christ More through our enthusiasm, faith and outreach.
The Church of King Charles the Martyr, Potters Bar is committed to and will champion the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults both in society as a whole and in our own community. We fully accept, endorse and will implement the principles enshrined in The Children Act 1989 that the welfare of the child is paramount. We will foster and encourage best practice within our community by setting standards for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults and by supporting parents in the care of their children. We will work with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities to promote the safety and well being of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We are committed to acting promptly whenever a concern is raised about a child or young person or vulnerable adult or about the behaviour of an adult, and will work with the appropriate statutory body when an investigation into child abuse or other abuse is necessary.
Contact our safeguarding officer: firstname.lastname@example.org