Pastoral Letter 26th September 2021

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Pastoral Letter 26th September 2021

 

PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH 

BURNHAM ON SEA for  26th September 2021 

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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NEW OPENING TIME - The Church will be open on Tuesdays 1.30p.m. to 3.30p.m. Thanks to Somewhere House for acting as hosts on this occasion.

 TODAY -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.

 

This week

Monday 27th – Church open 10am to 12Noon

Tuesday – 28th Church open 1.30 – 3.30p.m.

Wed 29th Church open 10am to Noon

Thursday 10am Holy Communion and Church open till Noon

                     7.30pm Churches Together meet at OLEM

Friday – Church open 10am to Noon

Nest Sunday – is Harvest.

 

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

 

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 -  I am glad to say that this began again last Sunday and will next take place on Sunday 17th October at 4.00pm. 

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WANTED – jam jars and lids – it's chutney time at the Vicarage!! Can collect.  Thank you

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

 

 We would be grateful if you would respect and adhere to this advice even where it is no longer mandatory. 

 

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.

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.

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. 

 

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 have a "Harvest of Food Gifts" to offer to the food bank and will be collecting 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.  UHT milk, small jars of coffee and Jam. 

 

‘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 annually, usually during August. For more information see Pat Grimes or contact her on 01278 786208.

Afghanistan Appeal – We have raised £306.40 and a cheque will be sent to the Refugee Council to support their work with those who have lost home, livelihood and country –

Thank you – article in October magazine coming.


Church Cleaning

We are now ready to reform the church cleaning rota. If you are willing to take part in this rota please contact Dee Cornish (07806883362; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;or leave a note in church). I will not assume that you want to carry on if you did cleaning previously, so please get in touch even if you have done cleaning in the past or indeed are still doing it. You DO NOT need to contact me if I have recently spoken with you or written to you and you have made your preferences known. Let me know what jobs you would prefer IF you have a preference. We will work out access and safe working arrangements when we know who is on the team. Hopefully, there will be many volunteers and it will be light work. Many Thanks.  Dee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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