Pastoral letter 8th August 2021

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Pastoral letter 8th August 2021



PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH

BURNHAM ON SEA for 8th August 2021

READ CAREFULLY – THE FOLLOWING

Services

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00a.m. Said Eucharist – with singing – Apologies about last Sunday

Please see additional information at the end of this newsletter about changes to staying safe in Church

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OPENING TIMES - The Church is open for individual prayer from 10am to 12Noon on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (10 a.m. Holy Communion followed by open church for prayers) - and Fridays.

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.



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.

Thursday Our Foodbank

Friday Our local schools in Burnham - staff, and pupils – are now on holiday for the summer

Saturday Bishop Ruth – as she leads the diocese

Prayers are asked for - Mark Coles. We are asked to pray for Philip. Joyce Hallam – RIP ( Dee’s mum) 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.

Flower Rota.

We have THREE new volunteers on the flower rota – Thank you for your willingness to join us.

Julia

 

Mission to Seafarers – Collection £279.00

Thank you to everyone who has donated and taken a shoe box – more available!!

 

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 will come 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 from today.

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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Fellowship group will meet on Tuesday 17th August at 2.30pm in the Hall

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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.

 

 















 

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