Pastoral letter 19th September 2021

This Week's Pastoral Letter

Pastoral letter 19th September 2021

 

PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH 

BURNHAM ON SEA for  19th September 2021 

READ CAREFULLY – THE FOLLOWING

Services 

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00a.m. Said Eucharist – with singing Hymns, the Gloria and Eucharistic anthems

Coffee will be available in the Hall after the service

Anyone who wishes to be barefooted to receive Communion may do so. We may keep this option until COP26 in November. This idea came from Fr. Graham’s sermon.

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OPENING TIMES - The Church is open for individual prayer from 10am to 12Noon on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (10a.m. Holy Communion followed by open church for prayers) - and Fridays. 

 TODAY - there will be a St Andrew’s Church service 

NEXT SUNDAY -Online service provision from Church of England website or church of your choice

For those without internet access please use Morning Prayer – previously issued – Please retain.

 

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. 

INTERCESSION TOPICS FOR THE WEEK

Monday Our Churchwardens, Standing Committee and  PCC of St Andrew’s.

Tuesday Weston Hospice & St Margaret’s hospice and their staff and chaplains

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

ThursdayThose working to raise awareness of Climate Change.

Friday Those working to help Afghan’s citizens leave Afghanistan

Saturday Bishop Ruth – as she leads the diocese

Prayers are asked for -   Mark Coles.  We are asked to pray for Philip. Clive Thomas

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ -  Meeting  Sunday 19th September and thereafter every 3rd Sunday of the Month at 4pm in The Church Hall. Open to anybody affected by Bereavement.

Opening and managing Church buildings in Stage 4 of the Government roadmap out of lockdown.

 

 The PCC met on Thursday 22nd July and as a result of that meeting we are adopting the following guidelines as part of our response to coming out of lockdown.

We would be grateful if you would respect and adhere to this advice even where it is no longer mandatory. The changes came into effect on Sunday 1st August

 

Facemasks – No longer mandatory to wear. We ask that the congregation wear a mask as they come into church and remove it once seated – if you choose to do so. Facemask to be used please when you move around the church – as you would eating in a restaurant. Wearing a face mask while seated is a matter of personal choice.

Social Distancing- We will observe a one metre rule now – with seating in every other pew as we do at present.

A designated area of the church will have seating maintained at 2 metres.- under gallery and at back of church.

Singing -  We will be  singing – but only while wearing a mask.

Hymns, the Gloria and the Sanctus may be sung.

Holy Communion – we will continue with our current practice of coming up the central aisle and receiving Communion in one kind while standing up.

Coffee after Church  Coffee after Church will be available. Please go straight to a table – you will be served. Tables are for 4 or 6 people – please do not add chairs yourself.

Please do not move around – other than to enter and exit or to use to toilets.

Please use face masks until seated. Please do enjoy – this small restoration to normality. Thank you to all arranging this.

 

We are being deliberately cautious and will use small modifications as and when it is safe to do so and in the light of our changes. We would be grateful if you would accept and adhere to these guidelines – not only for yourself, but for your brother and sisters in Christ

 

 

Ride + Stride for Churches’ is a national event that takes place on the second Saturday in September every year during which cyclists and walkers all around the country are raising money for their local county Churches Trust. Jane Kendall and Margaret took part – if you are owing sponsorship monies please forward as soon as possible. THANK YOU.

HARVEST

"This year we shall celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 3rd October.

We will have someone from our local foodbank come and speak to us about their work. 

We would like to have a "Harvest of Food Gifts" to offer to the food bank and will be collecting from this week here in church.  We will update you on food items most needed but for the present the following items are particularly asked for by the food bank:

Tinned Tomato, Packet instant meals (add water or microwave).  UHT milk, small jars of coffee and Jam. 

 

NOTE: Additions to this notice sheet to Graham by 6.00p. on Mondays – when it will then be printed.

 

‘Just 50 Club’
The Just 50 Club have numbers vacant for new members. By being a member you could win £50 in this monthly draw which also raises money for church funds. The subscription is £25 per number and is collected annual, usually during August. For more information see Pat Grimes or contact her on 01278 786208.

 

Jubilee afternoon This Saturday at Church 2 – 4.30p.m.

Totally free – come and bring a friend and have a chat