News update 17th September 2021
I hope you were “a-mews-ed” by my spelling mistake in the subject line of last week’s email. I really ought to get someone to proff read these before I sen them out!
It was great to be able to welcome a few more of you back to church last week and to have a full team of servers again. On Tuesday the PCC met to consider our Covid restrictions and resolved that we would be allowed to sing as a congregation again. This will be introduced on the first Sunday in October (3rd).
This week I am preaching about Generous
Giving so if you are not around please do check out the video on our Worship at Home Page (online service) .
You can also find out about the Common
Fund and how it supports parish ministry at St Edmund’s and across
The Sunday Groups for our children
(up to year 6) are back up and running thanks to Sue, Maisie and Sally our
wonderful volunteers. This week they are
looking at Isaac. If you felt you could
The Cycle Club meets this week at 3pm
– for a ride down to
This Sunday evening, all teenagers
are invited to the Vicarage for the live-stream of The Gathering, (a youth
service at St Peter’s
Youthlink is starting up again and the next date at St Edmund’s is next Friday 24th September, a fun time for teenagers. Please pass this on to your teenagers.
Food for Thought, a weekly bible reading and discussion group, continues this Tuesday from 8pm to 9:15pm at the Vicarage. If you want to join in talk to Tina or Ruth, or send me an email.
Debbie Pugh is walking in support of Dementia UK which is the specialist dementia nurse charity which provides life-changing care for families affected by all forms of dementia – including Alzheimer’s disease. If you would like to sponsor Debbie then you can do so either by speaking to her in person or on this Facebook fundraising page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/3293081604252007/
There are now regularly six or seven of us meeting on Zoom for Evening Prayer every day (except Fridays) at 5pm. To join in you can just click this link. Meeting ID: 796 5024 2062 Passcode: 6eUY2W
As you may know our Bishop Pete is retiring this month and there is an opportunity to say farewell at a final service at
Let us pray for all those who in
mind, body or spirit are in need of God's healing and wholeness, for nothing is
impossible for God. Let us continue to pray for Gloria, giving thanks for
improvement in her condition; for Alison embarking on chemotherapy; for Betty
recovering from an operation; for
Let us pray for all who mourn, remembering those who have died recently especially Chris's brother and Sue Beever, and those whose anniversary falls at this time among them: Lorna Cook and Don England, Joseph Hinds, Laurence Martin, and Roy Rupert Downer.
God bless you and keep you healthy,
happy and holy.
- We had previously agreed to continue to provide an online alternative; and to keep in contact with mailchimp, text and phonecalls as much as we can.
- We are asked to continue to provide hand sanitiser at entrances and key points.
- Face-covering: It will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering, though the government “expects and recommends” that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others. We decided that
- choir and ministers will continue to wear one while in vestry
- the congregation are encouraged to continue to wear one.
We also recognise that if you have not been to church in a long time it may feel difficult to return, so if you would like someone to come and either give you a lift to church or walk with you to church please let us know.
I have had both my jabs now. Here is a short 16sec Youtube clip of me having the first one:
I feel much better since having it.
https://youtu.be/y2w-7V_Ld9Y. Feel free to use it in any way that is useful to encourage others to get theirs. Come to think of it wouldn’t it be ironic if it went viral!