St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes

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 London here.


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 build the kingdom of God by helping with out Sunday Kids work then please talk to me or Sue.


The Cycle Club meets this week at 3pm – for a ride down to Cranford Park and back.


This Sunday evening, all teenagers are invited to the Vicarage for the live-stream of The Gathering, (a youth service at St Peter’s Harrow) at 6pm - 8pm.  We will have refreshments beforehand at 6pm, the service starts at 6:30 and we will have a few minutes of discussion afterwards.  You can watch one of their previous services here: The Gathering  We are planning to go and join in there the following Sunday 26th – details next week.


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:

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 St John’s West Ealing (where he and Sarah were married) Saturday 25th at 7pm.


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 Poppy, Leon and Moira and Beth.


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.
In Christ,


  1. 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.
  2. We are asked to continue to provide hand sanitiser at entrances and key points.
  3. 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.
  4. Congregational Singing:  We decided to re-introduce congregational singing in church from the beginning of October.
  5. Social distancing: We will remove the seating “bubbles” but have the "please do not sit here notices available for people who wish to social distance.
  6. Sharing the Peace: We will still share the peace without touching at all.  It was suggested that we might use sign language for the “peace be with you”. You can watch it on this video. Obviously, you can touch people you live with.
  7. Holy Communion: All the current extra hygiene practices can remain in place (most of which you may not have noticed) but include the bread being covered until the moment of distribution by the priest who will wear a mask and have sanitised his hands.  We will continue to receive the bread while standing.  Although the Common Cup at Communion is now legally allowed, the PCC decided that we would wait and re-introduce this when all other measures are removed.  The reason for this is that this is the thing that most people would be nervous about and that it will be a wonderful sign and seal and signal of our unity and of our return to full freedom.
  8. Tea and Coffee after church.  Freshly brewed tea and filter coffee and cake will be served in the hall, the sliding doors will be opened to allow access without a bottleneck.  We will also start by using disposable cups.
  9. Collection The collection basket which sits at the back of the church will again be brought up during the offertory and placed in front of altar.

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.  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!