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)
08:00 Holy Eucharist
09:45 Holy Eucharist
09:30 Holy Eucharist
11:15 Holy Eucharist
At each service we be adhering rigourously to physical distancing -
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-
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 -
** 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 :-
08:00 The Eucharist (traditional language)
10:30 Choral Eucharist for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity
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 -
This week promises to be just as rewarding -
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 -
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-
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.
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-
Thursday 6th Aug -
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.
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,
N P Heron
Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-