Official adivce has not yet been received, but it is anticipated that the next time we will be inviting a congregation to be present for services in person will be Sunday 13 December, when it is hoped that there will be a 9.00 am Matins, an 11.00 am Service of Holy Communion, and 6.00 pm Evensong - confirmation of these arrangements will be nearer the time.
We are anticipating just offering St Michael's @ 10 live-streamed from Church on Sunday 6th December, in order that we might have the time and capacity to be able to pre-record some of our Christmas services the same day.
We will continue to ensure that all of our services have the appropriate Covid-19 safety precautions in place, which include a limited congregation, social distancing, hand gel, and no congregational singing.
In June 2020 the Trust was able to donate food parcels to 1722 people with the approximate value of £25,795. This was an amazing achievement, thank you to everyone for their continued support.
In order to manage the stocks in the warehouse efficiently please note that there are adequate supplies of baked beans, soup, UHT milk, breakfast cereals, pasta, tinned fish, peas, tea and coffee.
Items that are urgently required are:
Fresh fruit and veg (e.g. carrots, broccoli, onions and bananas), Tinned Halal meat, Tinned meat pies, Tinned veg (e.g. green beans, mushrooms and potatoes), Vegetable stock cubes, Shampoo and conditioner, Size 6/7/8 nappies, Loo roll, Tooth brushes, Household items (e.g. washing up liquid), Empty egg boxes
Please remember that the collection box is now in the back of the Church again or you can place your items in a supermarket collection point when shopping. The school holidays are approaching and it is anticipated that the demand is going to be great.
Online social evening sharing your talents and the merriments of Christmas, from the festive setting of your own home. To perform or simply share in the fun, sign up via ChurchSuite or contact Antony on 07747 643270 or email@example.com.
We would like volunteers to perform on the night:
Ideas for performances are:
Sing a Christmas song or a carol*
Read a Christmas reading or poem
Show us your decorations
Tell us a Christmas joke
Or something else
There is no obligation to perform. If you do, we’ll need to know your plans in advance so that we can successfully schedule the evening.
You should aim to keep performances to a maximum of 5 minutes.
If you’d like to perform but you’re not sure what you’ll be doing at this point, don’t let it stop you from signing up. You can tell us about your plans any time up to and including Sunday 6th December - contact Antony using the details above.
*If you plan to sing, don’t worry, the rest of us will be singing along with you but we’ll be ‘on-mute’ so we won’t put you off.
As a response to the present situation, we have restarted our team to support anyone in our community who may need some friendly assistance. Should you need help with shopping or collection of medicines do let us know. If you would just like someone to talk with on the phone, discuss a worry or to pray with you, we have people who would love to help.
If you have problems where you need some advice or have struggled to get help elsewhere we will try and signpost you to the right assistance. We will be very happy to do this and look forward to hearing from you.
Please pass this information on to any local contacts.
The December/January edition of Outlook is now available on Magazine page.
Please send us any contributions for the February issue by the 15th January to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that, due to the current lockdown, delivery of physical copies may be delayed.
Below are Sunday's readings if you wish to continue with the lectionary readings:
Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 64: 1-9
As we begin to prepare once more to celebrate the Saviour's birth, this lesson recalls how God has been known in mighty acts with and for his people. Isaiah pleads for the Lord to come again, and to forgive all their sins.
New Testament Reading:
1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
The Hebrew people anticipated a 'Day of the Lord'. This hope became for Christians the time when the world will know the full presence of Christ in glory. While we wait, there is much to be thankful for as we share God's grace and peace now.
Mark 13: 24-37
We begin today a series of readings from mark's Gospel. Here, Jesus is speaking to his friends about the future and the final coming of the Son of Man. Jesus expects a time of great distress in the world, and tells them to be vigilant and to stand firm.
You are encouraged to especially remember the following people in your prayers at this time:
Bob, Cerys, Ann, Rex & Mary, Kay, Anne, Pauline, Julie, Rose, Ann, and all who care for and about them.
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Rev. Keith Johnson
Home: 01494 257569
Mobile: 07772 email@example.com
Rev. Helen Peters
Home: 01494 716772
Mobile: 07792 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Tracey Jones