Pastoral Letter 29th November 2020
Pastoral Letter 29th November 2020
29th November 2020 -PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
BURNHAM ON SEA.
This week there will be NO public services in Church following the Government guidelines
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 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. https://youtu.be/4Z7lcm7_i_g
Monday 30th Nov
Tuesday 1st Dec
Wed 2nd Dec
Rev 21vv 1 - 8
Thursday 3rd Dec
Rev 2vv9 - 21
Friday 4th Dec
Rev. 21vv22 - 25
Saturday 5th Dec
Rev 22v6 to end
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:
This week we pray for the work of our Cathedral and all churches dedicated in the name of St Andrew.
Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy apostle Saint Andrew that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ and followed him without delay: grant unto us all that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
We have Advent Reflections in a booklet, which is available in church, online via ACNY and will be emailed out too. In the booklet there is one suggested Advent reflection for each week of Advent.
These reflections will also be on-line. Becoming available each Monday of Advent.
The online version will follow but not word for word the booklet version.
They may be accessed via YouTube, ACNY, Facebook and our website.
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.
Custard, Rice Pudding, Coffee (small jars) Jam, Fruit juice, Squash, toilet rolls, soap, basic toiletries for men & women.
If people would like to donate specific "Christmas goodies" we need to receive these ideally in the first week of December to ensure they are distributed before Christmas. Advent calendars by last week in November.
INTERCESSION TOPICS FOR THE WEEK
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
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 https://www.christianaid.org.uk, but it would be good if you mentioned you donated via the St Andrew’s Christian Aid email address (below).
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
MISSION TO SEAFARERS SHOEBOXES
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.
ADVENT FLOWERS ETC
In the continuing hope that we will be able to celebrate Advent and Christmas in church, we are going to have the window sills decorated with greenery and Poinsettia's.
There is a list in the porch for anybody to do a window, if they feel able.
This will commence during the week of the 7th December. It will have to fit in with the church being open for private prayer, so Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10-12 midday.
If you can do a window, please also write which day you will be coming in, so we don't have everyone there at the same time. I have money for poinsettia's if you need it.
Thank you all in anticipation and please ring me if any queries.( numbers on last weeks notice sheet).
2 resources from Wells Cathedral for Advent
Advent Carol Service:
As we shall only be moving towards the end of the current lockdown period, this year’s Advent Carol Service will be pre-recorded by the Cathedral Choir and available on the Cathedral website and Facebook on Sunday 29th November at 5pm. All are welcome.
A Virtual Musical Advent Calendar:
In recent weeks the Cathedral Choir have been working hard to record 25 pieces to make up a virtual musical advent calendar which will be available from 9am each day during Advent. It will be available on the Cathedral website and also Facebook.
Or try this.., from Margaret
So, just during Advent, I will put out once a week evening prayer via live stream. Common Worship version. – copy sent to you as an attachment.
The whole thing provides 15 minutes of "communal" prayer.
Propose I do it on Wednesday evening at 5:15 pm on 2nd 9th 16th and 23rd December.
To access this go to YouTube and the St Andrew’s Church, Burnham on Sea pages.
MAGAZINE for DECEMBER now available in Church Monday Wednesday and Friday from 10a.m. to Noon up to 2ndDecember. After the 2nd hopefully the church will be open more.
STABLE in CHURCH
The Stable is going up