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Been asked to record a video?

Category : Current News , Events News

Hints and tips for recording video material for inclusion in Online Services

  • Face the light; a window for natural light if possible, to avoid only seeing half your face. Bright light behind you creates unnatural halos and other light effects.
  • Using phones/iPad/tablets/computers is fine, the cameras and audio are very good.
  • Hold your phone or device landscape (wide) rather than portrait (tall) when recording video, (otherwise you end up with a black box around you).
  • Fix the camera in position, don’t hold it, slightly above eye level (to avoid looking at chins or up noses!!)
  • Keep your head as central as possible, remembering to keep looking at the camera as much as possible.
  • Check the background for unwanted objects in view.
  • If your video is to be included into another longer video like the Morning Service, it is important to record for 5 seconds before starting and after ending. This makes it easier for you to settle, making sure that your leaning forward to press start or stop is not included in the final version and also gives the publisher chance to trim the video and add any special effects before and after.
  • Remember – Your device is also the microphone – being too far away or turning your head away while speaking will adversely affect the audio quality, resulting in distortion.
  • If you are asked to contribute more than 1 item for a particular week it is OK to submit all items as 1 video with a pause between each. I can then split them as appropriate.

Our Churches are Closed

The information below is currently under review as more Government and Church of England advice is issued and responded to. Please keep checking back for more information as it becomes available.

As you may, or may not, know, we have now been asked to close our churches.  This is the message received from our Archbishops:

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.

The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning or emailing using details on our Contact Us page.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

Best wishes


Crisis Contact Options

Category : Current News

In the current climate we are trying to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of any news and other useful information we circulate amongst St Chad’s and St Mary’s members.

As part of this we are in the process of extending our email circulation list. If you are not already on our circulation list and would like to be included please email your details to parishoffice@stchadstmary.org.uk . Doing so will be taken as permission to receive emails from us for the duration of the current crisis. You can request removal from the list at any time.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may wish to be added to the list.

We are also trying to identify those members who do not have computer or email facilities. If you know anyone who falls into this category please let us have their details, with their permission, so that we can try and make sure they are kept informed.

We will try and use our website stchadstmary.org.uk to facilitate communication between members as much as possible.

If you access the website on your phone or tablet you will probably need to select the menu icon (3 straight line above each other), near the top right of the front page, to access the main menu for items not visible on the front page.

Also please remember that we are also putting information on our Facebook page “St Mary’s Stretton and St Chads of Burton Parish Church”. https://www.facebook.com/Strettonchurch There are links at the top right and bottom right of the front page of this website.


Coronavirus Update

Useful Link

Government Coronavirus advice

Let’s Pray

A daily prayer video will be posted on our diocesan Facebook page every weekday at 1pm for people across the diocese to join in prayer together

A Resource for Prayer During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Church of England Facebook Page

The Church of England Daily Prayer

The Church of England website

The churches of St Mary’s and St Chad’s are currently closed but as further guidance from the government and Church of England are released we plan to try and open for private prayer as much as practical. Please keep checking for more information.

Sunday Holy Communion and Service

We are currently publishing an online Live Communion Service each Sunday at 10:00 am. on YouTube, and also a prerecorded Morning Service of Songs, Prayers, Bible reading and talk published on YouTube and Facebook, with links from the this website and Facebook page. There are also worship song, created remotely, published regularly by the Music group

Messy / Family Church

We have to put together an on-line Messy / Family church service – with a video reading / talk, prayers and a craft project. Click Here

Parish Office

You can still email our administrator on parishoffice@stchadstmary.org.uk


Prayer Resource

Click here to access our Resource for Prayer during the Coronavirus Outbreak


COVID-19 response

The information below is currently under review as more Government and Church of England advice is issued and responded to. Please keep checking back for more information as it becomes available.

In response to the Government guidance around preventing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our regular services, the Community Café and other face-to-face contact wherever possible until further notice. The church buildings will be open daily for private prayer and reflection. In order to minimise non-essential social contact, we are continuing to develop ways to minister and fulfil our mission to all in our neighbourhood.

You will find Prayer Resources, Contact Details and other useful information on this website – stchadstmary.org.uk

Please try and help the more vulnerable and let us know if we can try and be of help.

If you require any further information please contact us on 07419 822535 or parishoffice@stchadstmary.org.uk.

Thank you.


Safeguarding Policies

Please note: We have the following policy in place for any service or event.
‘In light of Child Protection and Safeguarding Guidelines of the Church of England, we respectfully ask that any photographs taken by the general public at this event are not posted on any social media website.’

In line with the robust approach to safeguarding by the Church nationally and our response to an independent safeguarding audit, new safeguarding policies are now available for both St Mary’s Stretton and Lichfield Diocese.

Please click here to see St. Mary’s Stretton latest safeguarding policy.

Please click here to see Lichfield Diocese latest safeguarding information.


Sunday Talks

Visit our Sunday Talks page to catch up on our latest talks


St. Mary's Church Events

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