Weekly Pastoral Letter 17th May 2020
Our Pastoral Letter for the 6th Sunday after Easter
ROGATION SUNDAY PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH BURNHAM ON SEA
We will have a service available to you via, post, church website, email and YouTube & Facebook and the website – A Church Near You.(ACNY) It would be wonderful (where possible) to all join in this occasion on Sunday at 10.0a.m. as an act of solidarity and prayer. The YouTube service should be available on Saturday – so do look.
Thursday Prayer at Ten" As we cannot meet for Holy Communion and fellowship on Thursdays let us pray "together but apart" in the presence of Christ whilst remaining in our own homes.
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". This is NOT on the internet it is simply committing to that time each week by praying "together whilst apart".
Thursday, 21 May - Ascension Day
Today we celebrate ascension. We pray for all those who may feel like God is absent, that they would feel at peace and a new connection to God in whatever way that may come.
V E DAY MEMORIES – LAST ORDERS!!
Wartime Memories. By Jo Page.
My recollections of VE day are really coloured by the war itself. In the 1940s we were living in Aston, Birmingham, an area which nowadays would be classed as ‘Inner City’. We were near large factories – GEC, ICI and the like. We spent night after night in the shelter in the garden, coming out to find damage done and the windows blown in etc.
Then came the real thing – a landmine that demolished ten houses on each side of the road. As a family (Mum, Dad, me aged 5 and my brother aged 3)went to a central point where we were given a cup of tea.
We were evacuated to a small hamlet, well out of Birmingham and lived with a lovely old couple who looked after us children while Mum and Dad had jobs doing ‘war work’.
About 18 months later an incendiary bomb dropped on my Grandparent’s house, killing my Grandpa, Uncle, Aunty and Cousin. This meant that my parents had to find somewhere else to live as Grandma had to come and live with us.
A while later we were moved back into Birmingham as Dad was working in a ‘reserved occupation’.
I think that VE Day was all excitement, but my sense tells me that our street party must have been on the day after, because how the ladies got all that lovely food ready for the afternoon of the day I just don’t know. We even had jellies – and there were no fridges then. Some men came and moved our piano out into the street and Dad made me and my brother sing ‘ There’ll always be an England’. Wonderful food, lots of games and much singing. We were still up at 10 o’clock – amazing. All the adults must have been euphoric – an end to the bombing.
AND TO KEEP YOU BUSY - CHRISTIAN AID QUIZ – Return to Graham by next Sunday Noon.
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. Thank You.
INTERCESSION TOPICS FOR THE WEEK
Monday Our NHS – staff – all involved in the frontline care of patients
Tuesday Our Care homes in Burnham – for residents – and their staff and families
Wednesday All involved in our delivery of basic goods.
Thursday We pray for farmers – planting crops and for those to pick them
Friday For our politicians – of all parties
Saturday For our neighbours and friends
Sunday For all emergency workers
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND – There is now a FREEPHONE number with a daily reflection – so if you would like to hear a recorded message by Archbishop Justin Welby – ring 0800 804 8044
The Parish pump –
This is a section to share any news across the congregation. I welcome any contributions which need to be with me by 12 Noon on Tuesday in the week leading up to the Sunday – so that postal copies can be sent out in time
We send out our love to Hilary Scott who laid her partner Charlie to rest this week.
We continue to recall Kathy Mould and Jane Kendal who have laid husband and father to rest respectively
Wonderful pictures of VE day in Burnham - well done everyone
There is a new poster – incorporating the NHS logo. – thank you Hannah
From the Ministry team – John, Tony, Sharon, Margaret & Graham