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Dear Friends,


I hope this finds you as well as possible on what has been a glorious sunny day.


I am delighted to announce that this Sun will be the first since the lifting of the government's restrictions on Public Worship that there will be a service in each parish in the Benefice.  That sense of delight is very clearly seriously tempered by the ongoing coronavirus crisis here and across the world; also, of course, we cannot fully rejoice about resuming worship when there are those for whom  (quite understandably and rightly) it is too soon to rejoin us.  Nonetheless it will be so good to celebrate the Eucharist in each parish and in Spirit we will be together in thought and prayer on Sun 2 Aug.


This weekly email will continue for the interim, for all, as a way of keeping us connected with one another.


Our pattern of church opening for private prayer has now had to be modified for reasons of cleaning and limiting possibility of virus transmission which we know all will understand.


St Peter's Lee will now be closed, as pre pandemic

St Luke's Weston, currently remaining closed

SS Peter& Paul's Wem, open every Mon and Fri 09:00 to 15:00

  **  NB closed from 12:45 Mon 3rd and Fri 7th following funerals at 12:00 on both days **


SUNDAY 2 AUG (The 8th Sunday after Trinity)


Wem:

08:00  Holy Eucharist

09:45  Holy Eucharist


Weston:

09:30  Holy Eucharist


Lee:

11:15  Holy Eucharist


At each service we be adhering rigourously to physical distancing - the 2 metre rule applies in all places of worship - sanitiser will be used along with modifications to our worship to optimise our safety, principally Communion will be in one kind, the bread, and there will be no hymns (although we may joyously expect organ and or other music to be used).


You may well be wondering about the wearing of masks if coming to church, the following reiteration is lifted directly from the C of E website:


"This guidance is to help ministers and their congregations to understand the current advice on wearing face coverings, and how this applies in churches. This advice is reflected in the specific Government guidance for conducting various worship services within enclosed spaces such as church buildings.


1. Q. Should I wear a face covering in a church building?


A. ".................. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship.


We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular handwashing."


The italicized element is the C of E website, highlighted mine.  As always up to date information can be found on the C of E website


Apropos face masks and visiting church for private prayer the 'guidance' is a tad ambivalent ie 'where there may be other people present':  please do, as you will not know in advance whether you will be on your own or not.  However, if you find you are are on your own I see no reason why masks may not be kept to hand.


As previously announced, the Occasional Offices of Funerals, Marriage and Baptism may now take place subject to guidance about safe protocols and precautions - in all cases please speak to myself about how these may proceed as things do certainly remain fluid and clarifications will be required.  The generic face mask guidance detailed above it seems is applied to all.


**  stop press  **  You will have heard that the Government has announced plans for face masks to be mandatory for Public Worship from 8 August, the C of E website currently reads :- "We will study detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and will update our guidance accordingly."  Once I know more I will pass on in good order.


ON-LINE AND MEDIA CHURCH SERVICES FOR THIS SUNDAY: The Seventh After Trinity .  


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL


08:00  The Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30  Choral Eucharist for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity


OR


Access the C of E website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 09:00. 

 

Every week there is a wonderfully devotional and thought creating offering, the 'menu' over the past six weeks has been quite something - did you know that the services from the previous weeks are also available to watch/catch-up if you missed any?


This week promises to be just as rewarding - This week's service comes from the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.


Fr Kevin Smith presides at the Mass, with Bishop Philip North preaching on how Jesus feeds us so that we can go and feed a hungry world. The music is provided by CJM and the prayers are led by the Holborn Group.  Please go to -  
www.churchofengland.org   


 THIS SUNDAY on the BBC


Radio Four:  08:10.  'Encountering God in Abandonment'.  The Rev Dr Isabella Hamley, Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, charts her                                    walk with God and covid-19 (she was an early sufferer from the disease).



BBC 1:         13:15.  Songs of Praise.  'Faith and Sport.'  Aled Jones reflects on the links between faith and sport, from the London Stadium                                    with input from sports people on their faith, Christians in Sport and hymns associated with great sporting occasions.


Please find attached the Readings and Homily for this week (courtesy of Redemptorist publications).  


Also find attached the Diocesan and our Local Prayer Diaries.


PARISH MAGAZINE


You should by now have received the (bumper) novelty of an August Parish magazine, if not simply Click Here or let me know and you will.  It has been fantastic to have so many contributors from on such a wide cross-section of areas.


Thursday  6th Aug - The Feast of The TRANSFIGURATION of OUR LORD


The story of the Transfiguration is told in Matthew, Mark and Luke and is referred to in 2 Peter.  Each time it is made clear that God’s salvation is for all and Christ is the one who brings that salvation.  The figures of Moses and Elijah represent the testimony of the Law and the Prophets and the event prefigures the resurrection.  It has been described as a ‘hinge’ of the Gospels and one of the five major events in the ministry of Our Lord.


The post-communion prayer for this great day is


Holy God,

we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ:

may we who are partakers at his table

reflect his life in word and deed,

that all the world may know

his power to change and save.

This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord

 

A powerful thought and hope for the week ahead!


With every good wish, keep safe and carry on taking care,


Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550

Updates From the Rector - August 2020

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