Pastoral Letter 29th August 2021

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Pastoral Letter 29th August 2021

 

PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH 

BURNHAM ON SEA for  22nd  August 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. 

Online service provision from Church of England website or church of your choice – next Sunday there will be a St Andrew’s Church service led by Revd Sharon

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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Church - Welcomers

Could anyone help with Church watch on a weekly or fortnightly or monthly  basis – please contact Pat Grimes know  786208 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will create a rota of those interested. This would cover the 10am to 12 Noon period each day that the church is open for Private prayer. The more helpers the merrier. Guidelines will be drawn up for your own use as a Church – welcomer.

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ -  We await the outcome of Government guidance – but in all probability this will not begin before September. Watch this space.

 

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 in August experiment with 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

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Weston Hospicecare Spiritual Care Team have produced a devotional booklet – A response to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Cost 2.50. Copies available from the back of church or speak to Margaret.

 

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.

Reverend Margaret is taking part in riding from Edithmead church, a 35 mile route ending at St. Andrew's on Saturday 11th September. She'd be delighted if you join her on this leisurely and picturesque ride past 14 churches. (phone 07401272939 for details).    Or sponsor her.  Half the monies raised will go to our church and half to the Trust. Sponsorship Form at welcomers table. 

 

 

 

 

HARVEST

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

We hope to 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. 

There will be a food collection for the food bank nearer the time also, should you wish to support the Harvest in that way instead.

We will display our Harvest of Food Gifts"  in the church.  Thank you for your generous support of our "Harvest of Food Gifts"  appeal for our local Foodbank."

 

 

Afghanistan appeal

 

In response to the suffering and distress in Afghanistan and to those now arriving in the UK with nothing but the clothes they stand in, we would like to try and offer some small support.  There is a plate at the back of the church in which a donation may be given to the "Refugee Council" who are working to resettle refugees in the UK and supporting those who have been made homeless and are suffering in Afghanistan.  Thank You.

 

SEPTEMBER MAGAZINE READY FOR COLLECTION – these are now in Church ready and waiting for you to collect. 

 

SEPTEMBER 18th – PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE.

St Andrew’s ‘Jubilee’ fun afternoon

In the Bible, ‘Jubilee’ was a special time set aside as a time of festival-celebration and freedom as a sign of blessing from God. 

The Afternoon of Saturday September 18th 2-4.30 pm is to be a special time set aside to offer the congregation and wider Parish here in Burnham.

Following discussions amongst the Clergy of how St Andrew’s can be a sign of God’s blessing amongst the community in Burnham on Sea, (particularly following such a difficult time experienced by the people of the town during the Pandemic), we thought it would be a good thing to gift the people of Burnham with a little ‘Jubilee’ afternoon.

Starting at 2pm, people are invite to come to the Church grounds- outside if its fine, inside if wet, where there will be cream teas, live music, some garden games, a treasure hunt, and a chance to meet and chat with friends old and new in the peaceful space surrounding the Church. 

The afternoon and activities will all be free of charge, all as a gift from St Andrew’s to our town; just a small token of hospitality; a gift to the community.

Jubilee is a Biblical idea  and  is a time of resetting priorities and restoration to life and freedom. It is a very appropriate idea to keep not only for us as a congregation but as a witness of our faith to the wider community.  

Debts were cancelled, wrongs forgiven, slaves set free and lands restored to those who had lost them. 

This Blessing or Jubilee was a visual reminder of God’s love, freely given to His people, with a desire for them to have life and joy, in all fullness.

We hope that the afternoon will reflect something of this ‘Jubilee theme’ as we seek to love and bless our community, just as St Andrew’s has done for over Seven centuries in this place.

 

The Biblical idea of Jubilee has nothing to do with royal ‘jubilee’s – which are more to do with marking certain points in the monarch’s life.

 

Some of you may recall Jubilee 2000 when the churches called for an end to Third World indebtedness.