Team News 1 November 2020

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

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 This weekend St Peter & St Paul, Wangford reopens for worship which means that our live streamed services on a Sunday will temporarily be suspended.Services in church will take place on 1 November in St Edmund’s Southwold at 8.00am (BCP), St Margaret’s Reydon and St Edmund’s, Southwold at 9.30am (CW), St Andrew, Walberswick and St Peter & St Paul, Wangford at 11.15am,  and St Mary’s Uggeshall at 6.00pm.Readings: All Saints’ Day – Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3: Matthew 5:1-12. 

Remembrance Sunday online service on 8 November 2020 This online service will be led by military chaplains and pays tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces. It will also give thanks for the families and others who provide care and support.  More details on both of the above services will be promoted nearer the time on the Church of England’s website and social media accounts.

 Mid Week ServicesTuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon. Wednesday 8.45 Morning Prayer, St Margaret, Reydon ;  10.00 Eucharist, St Andrew, WalberswickThursday 10.00 Eucharist St Edmund, Southwold; 8.30pm Zoom Compline from BlythburghFriday 4pm  Evening Prayer, St Edmund, Southwold  

Compline on Zoom Thursday’s 8.30pm  The invitation and link will be emailed each Thursday. If you would like to receive this please email assistvicar@aol.com. The liturgy will appear on your screen, and the service takes about 12-15 minutes. It is a quiet and peaceful way to end the day.

Southwold, Reydon, Uggeshall, Blythburgh, and South Cove churches are open for private individual prayer.  In an emergency  – Rev Simon Pitcher can be contacted on 01502 725424 or emailing revsimon63@gmail.com Rev Alan Perry can be contacted  on 01502 453624 or emailing adperry64@gmail.com

An £80,000 restoration project to the church porch at St. Andrew’s, Walberswick started on 9th October and will last about 8 weeks.  During this time the church will be closed to visitors during the week because the contractors need to work safely and without interruption. However we will still be able to hold the planned Wednesday and Sunday services.  Access to the church for services will be via the choir vestry which unfortunately is on foot.

Daily Hope prayer hotline Available 24 hours a day 0800 804 8044, for those who have no or limited access to the internet offering options including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on Covid-19.

Prayer point – Prayer point – We pray for all the nations of the world, especially for the poorest nations trying to cope with the Covid 19 Pandemic.  We pray for the countries trying to lift lockdown restrictions, and for those people who continue to shield or are living with anxiety.  We pray for those whose livelihoods are at risk and for all of us as we seek to return to some normality living alongside the reality of the virus and a second wave.

Choral Evensong is returning to Holy Trinity Blythburgh on the first Sunday of each month. Since this is a popular service, we have to be careful about numbers and distancing. To avoid disappointing anyone who might turn up only to find the church is ‘full’ we need to ask you to pre-book. If you’d like to attend, please contact Jenny Allen by email at jennyanddick@aol.com, or by text on 07710 254 665.

Operation Christmas Child As in recent years, St Andrew’s & St. Margaret’s, are going to be involved in the Operation Christmas Child appeal organized by Samaritan’s Purse, whereby shoe boxes containing small gifts are sent to needy children around the world, regardless of their background or religious belief. If you are interested in taking part in this venture, which has in the past bought great joy to recipients and those creating the gifts, please contact Christine or Brian on (723023) Neil and Jan Holloway (723706); Ready printed boxes & leaflets about the project are available in the Churches. Please could the boxes be returned to Church by Sunday November 8th.

Alpha UK   Sole Bay Churches Together and Walberswick Connect Explore Life, Faith, Meaning – Online Alpha course – interested in exploring the basics of the Christian faith from the comfort of your own home? Dates: Thursday 14 January for 12 weeks Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to book a place, please call Julie Winyard 07753 980427 julieawin@btopenworld.com.

Food Bank Donations  Please bring your donations to John and Jan Collins house at 19 Lakeside Park Drive or phone 01502 725731 for collection.  If anyone is aware of someone in financial difficulties and/or need who could benefit from a food parcel please encourage them to contact the VHC in the first instance (01502 724549) or vhcsouthwold@btinternet.com.

Guidance regarding Financial Giving during the Crisis Our churches are not immune from the same financial challenges as other institutions during this time.  Please continue to give, as is your custom, by Standing Order or the Parish Giving Scheme.  If you give weekly by envelopes please continue to do so. If anyone would like advice how to set up a Standing Order or join the Parish Giving Scheme please contact your PCC Treasurer or the Vicar. The Parish Giving Scheme have launched a new telephone service for people to register 0333 002 1271.