Lockdown Pastoral letter 8th November 2020

Lockdown Pastoral letter 8th November 2020

Lockdown Pastoral letter 8th November 2020



This week there will be NO public services in Church following the Government guidelines

Places of Worship will be closed during lockdown, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals

  • To broadcast acts of worship

  • Individual prayer

  • Formal childcare or where part of a school

  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks

  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups’

This that while we cannot meet for corporate worship at 8.00 or 10.00a.m. on a Sunday or on a Thursday morning. The Church will remain open for private prayer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10.0am to Noon.

As at 1700h on Wednesday 4th November I do not have further information to give you this week – and any further guidance will be offered in NEXT weeks noticesheet.


This week there will be a YouTube service for Sunday. We will have a service available to you via, post, church website, email and YouTube & Facebook and the website – A Church Near You.(ACNY) The YouTube service should be available on Saturday – so do look. https://youtu.be/CcmNXXuDdpA

Weeks readings

Monday 09

Ps 24

Luke 17v1 - 6

Tuesday 10 Nov

Ps. 37

Luke 17v 7 - 10

Wed 11 NOV

Ps 23

Luke 17v11 - 19

Thursday 12 NOV

Ps 146

Luke 17vv 20 - 25

Friday 13 NOV

Ps 119vv 1 - 8

Luke 17vv 26 - end

Saturday 14 NOV

Ps. 112

Luke 18v 1 - 8



Thursday Prayer at Ten"  For those not able to attend Church - you may join us ‘in Spirit’  whilst remaining in our own homes.  You are invited to devote 15 minutes, starting at 10 a.m. with the "Our Father" then praying for the weeks cause and concluding at 10.15 by saying the "Grace".  It is simply committing to that time each week by praying "together whilst apart". Here is the prayer for Thursday prayer:

O God, who are glorified in the Bishop Saint Martin
both by his life and death,
make new, we pray,
the wonders of your grace in our hearts,
that neither death nor life
may separate us from your love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



Margaret is commencing a series of midweek reflections and these will be on Youtube (St Andrews Church Channel) and "A church near you St Andrew's Burnham on Sea"...where they will be very easily accessible.


FOODBANK – Thank you for the donations left at the Vicarage. The Foodbank is receiving a huge number of requests for help while people wait for grants and benefits to come through. If, you can support the foodbank donations can be dropped off in Tesco or at the Vicarage. Toiletries are in particular demand at the moment.



Monday Those in hospitality industry

Tuesday Weston Hospice and its staff and chaplains

Wednesday Those working in our care homes in Burnham and Burnham hospital.

Thursday Our Town and town council

Friday Our families

Saturday Our Bishops at this time. Especially Bishop Peter undergoing Chemo


Prayers are asked for - Mark Coles and also we are asked to pray for Philip. We remember also Janet Chalmers and Marie Lindsey in Hospital.


"Stories through the Lockdown" – LAST ORDERS – This notice will be removed next week

Do you have any stories, reflections or thoughts that you would like to share?

Perhaps you have some anecdotes of things which have "warmed" your hearts during lockdown, or things which have amused you, things which have caused you sadness or worry, things that have caused you to ask questions.....   

If you would like to share these thoughts , please send them in by letter, email or phone. They can be anonymised for sharing (but origin needs to be known by the editor) and we can either make a small booklet or feature them in the newsletter...to be of some encouragement/consolation or solidarity to others. Please send in to Margaret or speak to any of the clergy team.  


Lectio 365 This is the name of an App that you can down load for free to your mobile phone. Each day there is a simple yet profound 10-minute act of devotion. I commend it to you. I am using it myself at the moment. Graham

Bishop Peter Hancock – Bishop Peter is now at home after his first round of Chemo and is awaiting Stem cell replacement later this month. Please continue your prayers for him and his wife Jane.

Jean Brewer has some Children’s Society remade Christmas cards for sale. Free delivery or collect if attending church. To order speak to Jean on 781514

Eat In Night! – Friday 13th November

A Christin Aid Quiz and meal is not going to be possible this year but I hope you will support this slightly different venture to raise funds. It’s an Eat In Night! Here is how it works:

1 Sign up for the evening, either by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or signing up on the list in St Andrew’s Church.

2 On Friday 13th November cook a meal in your home.

3 Donate to Christian Aid by putting something in the Christian Aid box in St Andrew’s Church or donating directly through the Christian Aid website – christianaid.org.uk.

4 There will be a photo competition. Send in a photo or two of the evening (adding £1 per photo to your donation) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or put it, labelled, in the collection box in St Andrew’s Church. There will be a prize for the most original, judged by Father Graham.


The Crosses in the Churchyard mark those whose lives were recalled at our All Souls service – and the crosses will remain there until the New Year. We have a number of Crosses remaining and so if you wish to have the name of a loved one to have a cross in the churchyard you may do so. Please Phone, write or email Graham.

38 Rectory Rd, Burnham on Sea, 01278-782991 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SHOE BOXES for Mission to Seafarers

Shoe boxes are available in Church for anyone who would like to make a donation of one. They are available in Church – Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10a.m. to 12Noon. Along with a suggested list of things to fill boxes with. Alternatively, you may put monies in an envelop market ‘ Missions to Seafarers’ and these will be collected and taken to Portbury in December with any shoeboxes – Thank you for helping.


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