14 May 2020
| Dear Friends
Let's crunch some numbers, shall we? This is the 8th issue of our weekly newsletter. It goes out to 118 email addresses. Rev Christine has kindly been printing paper copies and delivering or posting them to a further 25 addresses, to people who don't have email access. As of the time of typing this, Rev Paula's first online Prayer and Praise service has had 201 views on YouTube, the second one 138 views. The third one will be avaiable from 10am this Sunday, as is now usual, on our channel: https://rebrand.ly/saintsandhallows, and the service sheet is attached to this message.
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|A message from Rev Paula
This week saw another update from Bishop Donald following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday.
I would like to share the sections about church opening with you:
The first step
As from Monday 11 May, clergy or licensed lay ministers in this diocese may enter their church buildings for private prayer, or to record or livestream services.A roadmap
Further stages of return to our buildings will follow, depending on government advice and regulations. It is likely that in a few weeks, small-scale services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals, with family only present, will be possible. Social distancing, and strict conditions around access and cleaning, will have to apply.Private worship
One area which is particularly complicated is the question of opening churches for private prayer. It might seem that this is a relatively easy win, but I am afraid that it is not. If churches are left open, they will need to be hygienically cleaned after each use. Remember that each person who enters the church might be a carrier of the disease, or might be particularly vulnerable to it. We are responsible for keeping our people as safe as we can, especially in our church buildings. I know that this will not be popular, but for the time being our church buildings cannot be opened for private prayer or other visits. Perhaps counterintuitively, this is likely to be the very last point on any roadmap towards re-opening.
I have taken the decision, after consulting with other members of the clergy, that we will continue to say the Daily Office in our homes. The recording of services will continue at the Vicarage, with contributions from members of the congregation. We are agreed that we would prefer to await for permission for us all to be able to join together for worship before we re-enter the buildings. Our churches will continue to be checked regularly by the nominated churchwardens and I for security purposes.
I hope that you will continue to join with the on line worship each Sunday. These are such difficult times. My prayer for us all is for an end to the virus and, in the meantime, patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters.
May God bless you,
I claim the first cuckoo of the year! Heard on May 7th when walking along the Nene near the 14 arches. Can anyone beat that?
|Christian Aid Week
This year's Christian Aid Week campaign is happening online, with daily quizzes, live streamed reflections, and electronic donations. To take part in the online events visit either Christian Aid's website or their Facebook page.
| Help fight
A few weeks ago you could read here about new scams the coronavirus had brought to life. If you are as annoyed as I am with the online or real-life fraudsters who think they can outsmart you or wear you down with their unceasing attempts, the good news is now we can actively fight back and help track them down.
The National Trading Standards is calling for Scam Marshals: everyday people who recognise scams, send any scam mail they come accross to Trading Standards' Scams Team so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work, and help their friends, relatives and others in their communities to do likewise by simply spreading the word. The Scams Team is offering resources to aid you in return: a welcome pack, a monthly newsletter to keep you updated, and free post.
You can find out more and sign up on the Friends Against Scams website.
|Our prayers are asked for:
Those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, among them: Christian Smalley.
The housebound: Ruth S, Doreen A, Margaret O, Diana B, Pat W.
The Anglican Church of Korea, The Most Revd Moses Nahjun Yoo, Primate of Korea and Bishop of Daejeon; The Porvoo Churches – Guildford, Viborg.
If you would like to add a name to our prayer list, please first obtain the consent of the person you wish us to pray for. Then tell Revd Paula or Agnes at the Benefice Office whom to pray for and the reason why. A name remains on the list for three weeks.
|Useful links and phone
Ian from All Saints is still available to help collect your shopping – call 01933 274222
Northamptonshire Coronavirus Support Line for getting food, prescriptions and other services – call 0300 126 1000 / option 5
Our own online services
Other churches' online services
Free worship phone line – call 0800 804 8044
For good mental health
For worship at home
For households with children: Faith at Home
Further resources from Peterborough Diocese
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