Pastoral letter 3rd October 2021

This Week's Pastoral Letter

Pastoral letter 3rd October 2021

PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH 

BURNHAM ON SEA for  3rd October 2021 – HARVEST FESTIVAL

Services 

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)

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

Today we welcome Maxine from the local Foodbank to talk.

Please read information about hymn books in this newsletter

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.

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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 by Revd Margaret Hayward

This weeks diary

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 – Services at 8am & 10.0a.m.

 

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. Cartons of fruit juice and tinned vegetables are particularly needed at the moment.

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  and will next take place on Sunday 17th October at 4.00pm. in the Church Hall

Jam Jars – Thanks to all concerned who gave jars – we now have plenty and so do not need more.

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. 

ADDITIONAL NOTES on Covid safety

 

HYMNBOOKS – today you will be given a hymnbook. This has been made clean – and unused. You may either

Keep your hymnbook to take away and bring with you each Sunday OR return the hymnbook – it will NOT be used until the following Sunday and so meets the 72 Hour quarantine rule on paper.

 

HYMN – SINGING

We will sing the hymns in full. From today we will have an additional hymn between the Epistle and the Gospel reading

 

Cushions and kneelers – return today – as we use alternative pews for the 8.0a.m. and 10.0a.m services you can be assured no-one has sat where you sit

 

HARVEST

Today we welcome Maxine Bashford from the Burnham & Highbridge Foodbank to talk about its 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 Veg, Packet instant meals.  UHT milk, small jars of coffee and Jam. Bottles of squash.

 

‘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.

 

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

MARGARET

Margaret has now formally completed her curacy and has been ‘signed off’ from her curacy by Bishop Ruth. We are very pleased that Margaret has requested to stay with us at St Andrew’s and the PCC unanimously endorsed its support of this request. We are currently working out a job description for her and this will lead to her receiving a new license to minister. More information about her job specification and title will be shared when it is done.

Margaret writes - Many thanks to the congregation for its amazing support, kindness and patience during my curacy and I look forward to continuing to work with you and serve you.

COMMUNICATION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

When lockdown began last March, we developed a system of communication in the parish. Sharon, Margaret, John, Tony and I oversaw sending out emails to those on email. Further to this, I sent out by mail a paper copy of the weekly pastoral letter to those not connected to the internet.

With the return of many folk to Church we are reviewing our communication procedures – and we will adopt the following system.

 Be assured – YOU WILL ALL BE KEPT IN TOUCH WITH THE PASTORAL LETTER

For those who attend church

From November you will receive a combined copy of the pastoral letter and weekly readings in printed form when you attend. You may also opt to continuing an email or postal version as well.

NOTE – copies can  ALSO be collected in the week from Church when the church is open in the week following  a Sunday

For those not attending church

You will continue to receive an email version or postal version of the weekly posting from St Andrew’s Church.

WHAT TO DO.

  1. During October ( by 24th OCTOBER) -  please contact the person who emails you and let them know if you wish to continuing an email version of the pastoral letter. If you take no action to inform us we will assume you are happy to receive the church copy only.

 

  1. For those who receive a postal copy of the letter – AND are attending church – please indicate

If you wish to continue receiving a postal copy – as well as the copy available to you in Church.

Please inform Graham – not Sharon Margaret or John.- By 24th OCT please. If I do not hear from you by then I will assume you are happy to receive the church copy only.

 

  1. For those who are unable to attend church – DO nothing – we will continue to email you or send you a postal version of the pastoral letter.

Any questions about the proposed arrangement to Graham please.

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