Pastoral letter 22nd November 2020

Pastoral letter 22nd November 2020

Pastoral letter 22nd 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

This means that while we cannot meet for corporate worship at 8.00a.m. 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.

Public worship will commence on Sunday 7th December provided the lockdown is not extended – Watch this space!! More guidance in NEXT WEEKS POSTING TO YOU


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.

Weeks readings

Monday 23

Ps 96

Rev 14vv 1 - 13

Tuesday 24

Ps. 97

Rev14v 14 to end of Ch 15

Wed 25th Nov

Ps 112

Rev 16vv 1 -11

Thursday 26th NOV

Ps 125

Rev 16v12 to end

Friday 27th NOV

Ps 139

Rev. 17

Saturday 28th NOV

Ps. 145

Rev 18


Thursday Prayer at Ten"    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:

Cecillia – Feast day 22nd We think of all who make music and whose lives and talents are limited by C19.


Collect for St. Cecilia Day

Most gracious God, whose blessed martyr Cecilia sang in her heart to strengthen her witness to you: We give you thanks for the makers of music whom you have gifted with Pentecostal fire; and we pray that we may join with them in creation’s song of praise until at the last, with Cecelia and all your saints, we come to share in the song of those redeemed by our Saviour Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 For Church Musicians and Artists

O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:  Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.




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



Margaret has produced a devotional booklet for ADVENT and this will be ready soon.

Paper copies will go out to those who receive a postal version of this newsletter next week in time for the start of Advent (29th Nov).

An ‘e’ version will be posted out on lone next week.

In addition there will be paper copies available for you to collect from 23rd November from church or on 25th or 27th between 10a.m. and 12Noon.


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 waiting for stem cell transplant

Prayers are asked for - Mark Coles. We are asked to pray for Philip. We remember also Janet Chalmers and Marie Lindsey in Hospital. We give thanks for the life of Richard McAllister – a member of the 8.00a.m. Service congregation. If you are aware of others please let us know


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

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.

ARCHBISHOPS call for a time of prayer

at 6.00pm each day of this lockdown – resources on the C of E website. The Deanery will be praying ‘together but apart on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm to 6.30p.m.

Flower Rota for 2021

I am starting to put together next year’s flower rota, in anticipation and hope that we will be back to using the church as normal in 2021!! With this in mind I would like to know who is happy to remain on the rota as in previous years. If anybody feels they DO NOT wish to continue on it can you please let me know as soon as possible, either by phone or email

01278787341. 0r 07890232387 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eat In Night!

There is a Christian Aid bucket in the church for those who would like to donate in lieu of the Quiz this year. It’s quite difficult to find the church open at the moment unless you are available when there are Private Prayer slots, so the bucket will remain there until the week after lockdown ends. You can also donate via the Christian Aid website, but it would be good if you mentioned you donated via the St Andrew’s Christian Aid email address (below).

A number of people who did the “Eat In Night!” last week and thank you for that. You could choose your own evening to get involved if you forgot! If you have any photos of the evening do send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to put them into the fun competition, or put them in the Christian Aid bucket.

Christmas Presents for the Refuge

Everything is different this year and the Refuge is no exception. They are asking for Ladies’ Toiletries and Gift Vouchers only. I will take any toys which have already been bought, but storage space is very limited for them. Gift Vouchers must be for supermarkets or other shops; Amazon or other online places can risk security for users. If you would like to help the Refuge, please bring donations to me at 80 Stoddens Road. There is a deliveries bin by the side door if we are out. I will deliver presents on 7th or 8th December. Thank you for your support. Kath Allen



THANK YOU to all who have been knitting hats, mufflers and other items for seafarers during our periods of Lockdown and to everyone who has been filling Christmas shoeboxes with goodies for the seafarers who touch base at the Portbury Seafarers’ Mission*, all so greatly appreciated. ( *If the seafarers are unable to leave their ships gifts are taken to them.)


Please return your boxes and any additional items to church on Sunday, 5th December. If this is not possible please put them in church  on Monday , 30th November/ Wednesday 2nd December /Friday 4th December /Monday 6th December between 10am and noon when the church is open for private prayer. Alternatively boxes maybe left at the vicarage. 


If you have been unable to do a box this year but would still like to make a donation please put your offerings in an envelope marked Portbury Mission Shoeboxes. The money will be used for seafarers in need at our local Mission.


We plan to take all the gifts and offerings to the Mission in early December.


Thank you for your generosity. 


In these uncertain times I share with you the following  prayer  by 6th century Irish Saint Brendan:

(It was in the Reflection in the autumn issue of the Mission to Seafarers Fan Flying Angel news)


Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me.

I trust in the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand.

Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You.



Thank you

Liz Roost


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