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We are a journeying community seeking to worship and serve God in a changing world. We are a caring community of all ages and stages and this is reflected in our worship, work and pastoral care. 

If you would like a virtual tour of All Saints' churchyard why not join Rob Pilley, who has put together a film of All Saints' churchyard and its insect life and it is fascinating. He does regular short films on wildlife for his followers on YouTube  as well as his full time job as  cameraman, producer and innovator. He has worked with people like David Attenborough and his latest project was 'Spy in the Wild' for the BBC. Bridget, his wife, looks after the bookings for us at the CTC and Ethan and Scarlett come to our ATIC services when they can.  Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/robswildadventures/videos/608499613344780/?modal=admin_todo_tour


Parish Updates

Dear friends,

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in places of worship from 8th August. Please come to church prepared.


A Prayer for our Parish Vacancy
Already we are becoming aware of the special challenges that face our parish during the period following Fran's departure until a new Rector is appointed. Let us recognise our total dependence on God.

Prayer for our Parish Vacancy

Heavenly Father,
During this vacancy,
guard and grow this Benefice as we serve you together
in this period without a Rector.
Lord Jesus,
We know that you have plans for us
and that these plans are good.
We ask now that you will help us to share responsibility,
grow in faith, love one another, care for those in need,
reach out to others, and welcome newcomers.
Holy Spirit,
Please guide those who are seeking the right person for us,
and those who are seeking the right place for their ministry,
that together we may discover your way for the future
and see your kingdom grow.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Your prayers please:
We were sad to hear that Bishop Peter has just been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and will be starting chemotherapy shortly. Please remember his wife Jane and the family - also Bishop Ruth as she covers for Bishop Peter in his absence.

SAVE THE DATE!


St Bartholomew's Church will be having their first service since lock down which will also be their Patronal Festival on Sunday August 23rd at 6,00pm. It will be lovely to gather together again inside the church, please keep an eye out for more information regarding this service in the newsletter soon. Please let Sue Johnson know if you wish to attend so we can ensure numbers follow current guidelines:Sue Johnson 01179633581.

This week's readings and Zoom links are available in the Parish Update email:

WORSHIP IS CHANGING 


Re-opening our churches for public worship will inevitably be a time of mixed emotions – joy at being able to come together to worship in our church buildings; sadness for the loss or absence of some members of our church communities; uncertainty about what the future 'new normal' may be.

Welcome back to church in August!

After four long months when we've been unable to worship in our churches, at last we can take the first step on our journey, which may be fairly lengthy, back to a 'normal' worship pattern for our parish. For the foreseeable future our church services will look and feel very different as we have to keep each other safe and follow government and national church guidelines.

Before opening we have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment for each church and thoroughly cleaned each church.

When you arrive:


We shall be keeping a record of those who attend with their contact details to assist NHS Test and Trace should it be necessary. The record will be kept safely for 21 days and then disposed of.

In church we need to maintain social distancing. A lot of time has been spent working out how to do this. Please help by following the guidance of those who welcome you. We won't be able to sit in our favourite pew!

Singing for the time being is not allowed but we shall try and be creative in our use of music.

No collection will be taken during the service. There will be an offertory plate near the door as you come in. Gift aid envelopes will be available.

Our toilets will be available. Please observe the hygiene guidance.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.


Finally, there may be some who feel uncomfortable about returning to church so soon. We understand this. The decision to attend or not is yours alone. We shall stay in touch and all Zoom services will continue.

SERVICES FOR THE REST OF AUGUST

16th 8.30 Morning Worship at All Saints
10.15 Holy Communion (Iona) on Zoom with reflection from our Bishop

23rd 10.15 Holy Communion on Zoom
6.00 St Bartholomews' Patronal Festival

30th 8.30 Holy Communion at All Saints
10.15 Holy Communion (Iona) on Zoom

PLEASE NOTE

The PCC has agreed that All Saints' Church will close after the weekly Sunday service and will reopen Wednesday morning for individual prayer to allow 72 hours quarantine.

We hope to see you at one of our services soon.

God says: I am with you. Never forget that.

Regards,

Your Team



As the lockdown measures ease, there will be occasional updates to the site, rather than daily ones.  Please visit our Covid-19 pages for the latest information.

Similarly there will be no daily emails, instead there will be Parish Update emails, which will include the links for all of the week's events on Zoom, including Morning Prayer (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8.15am), Holy Communion (Thursday at 10am and Sunday at 10.15am).

The latest Connect newsletter is available on the News Updates page.

Here is the YouTube link for a reflection from the Diocesan website for next Sunday.

Don't forget that ROOTS is offering a whole week's free resources for people to use at home. There are two sets of resources; a page with materials suitable for adults and a page for families.  See the Prayer and Worship and Children's & Families pages for the relevant versions

Thank you so much to those who give by standing order and thank you to those who normally use the yellow envelopes to support the church and its work who have used online giving using one of the methods mentioned on our News Updates page.  

Please if these methods are not for you then perhaps you could put a little each week in an envelope and bring it with you when we next gather at church?

We are a generous church and your support is always valued and particularly so in these difficult times.


The liturgy for Holy Communion in Common Time and for Holy Communion in the style used by the Iona Community can be found on the Orders of Service page.



ZOOM!  - visit our Practical Help page for information on help with using this software to access our online services.

Food bank - visit our News Updates page for information about our local foodbank.



Wherever


If you would like an update on what we are doing in the current corona virus crisis click here

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If you have any concerns at all about Safeguarding then please contact our Safeguarding Officer whose contact details are here.  You can also contact the Diocese Safeguarding Officers and their details are here.

The following numbers may also be  helpful:

WomansAid -  National  Domestic Violence Helpline  – 0808 2000 247

The mix – Advice  for the under 25yrs. – 0808 808 4994

Advice for Male Victims of  Domestic Violence  - 0808 8801 0327

Childline – Deals with a vast variety of children concerns including Domestic Violence -0800 1111