Team News 12 July

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

The July issue of Heart & Sole is now available on our website This is located on our home page, just click the Heart & Sole logo at the bottom of the page. There will not be a printed version of this issue.

Sunday 12th July is Sea Sunday and we remember the work of The Mission to Seafarers.  Many seafarers have suffered during Covid lockdown, trapped on liners and cargo vessels for months, far from home and loved ones.  In Sole Bay we have often observed Sea Sunday in previous years.  If anyone would like to celebrate Sea Sunday and support the Mission to Seafarers they are offering a virtual service on their website on 12th July.

The Government has given permission for church services to resume in July. The Government has issued strict guidelines that we must observe. This announcement is a welcome step, but there is still a long journey ahead. We are planning to gradually re-open our Churches for worship.

Our website contains details of how to join others online and in Church for prayer, worship, study, and community life

Some Services will now take place in Church, whilst others will continue to be live streamed. Services in church will take place on 12 July in St Edmund’s Southwold and St Margaret’s Reydon at 9.30am, Holy Trinity Blythburgh at 11.15am, and St Mary’s Uggeshall at 6.00pm. On the 5th Sunday after Trinity 12 July, we will live stream a BCP Holy Communion Service at 8.00am. Meeting ID 837 6697 3616, Password 318708, a CW Holy Communion Service at 11.15am, Meeting ID 883 0073 5575. There is also a Weekly Messy Church Service being streamed via Zoom. For the zoom code please contact individually by email.Please contact your church contact or Reverend Alan Perry (453624) if you have technical problems regarding Zoom. We will continue to provide service materials by email, and leave paper copies in some of our church porches where they are easily accessible. Readings for Trinity 5 Sunday 12 July: Isaiah 55:10-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Mid Week Services Tuesday 6pm zoom Team Eucharist. Meeting ID 882 8544 4958, Password 120638. Wednesday 8.45 Reydon Morning Prayer;  10.00 Eucharist St Andrew, Walberswick

Thursday 10.00 Eucharist St Edmund, Southwold & 8.30 pm Zoom Compline from Blythburgh

Friday 4pm Southwold Evening Prayer

Compline on Zoom Since the beginning of lockdown, the congregation of Holy Trinity have been invited to say the service of Night Prayer, or Compline, at 8.30pm each evening in their own homes. From the end of April, we have joined together for this service via Zoom each Thursday, and we are now happy to open the invitation to this service to anyone in the Team who would like to take part. Tania will share the invitation and link each Thursday in the same way that she does for Sunday zoom services. The liturgy will appear on your screen, and you will need to mute yourself for the duration of the service though we usually begin unmuted to greet each other. The service takes about 12-15 minutes and is generally lay led with different people leading each week. It is a quiet and peaceful way to end the day.

Southwold, Reydon, Uggeshall, Blythburgh, South Cove and Walberswick churches are open for private individual prayer. This is in accordance with the relaxation of Government lockdown regulations.

In an emergency Rev Simon Pitcher can be contacted on 01502 725424 or emailing Rev Alan Perry can be contacted on 01502 453624 or emailing “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . .Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

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.


This event is not cancelled -please continue to save the date in your diary. This is a great fundraiser for the nominated Church you ride for as they receive 50% of your sponsorship.

Daily Hope prayer hotline The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a 24-hour free phone line for Christian worship and prayer, aimed at those who have no or limited access to the internet. People calling the free number will hear a greeting from the Archbishop and can then choose from a range of options including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on Covid-19.  The phone number which is available 24 hours a day is 0800 804 8044.

Food Bank Donations – Due to logistical reasons please do not leave donations of food in the porch of St Margaret’s Church but from now on please bring them 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

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 until they can be brought to church and offered in services, once we are allowed to worship in our buildings again. 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. Please phone 0333 002 1271. You will need to have to hand your Personal bank account details • The name of the parish you wish to donate to • You will need to confirm if you want to increase your gift in line with inflation each year • Confirm if you are eligible for Gift Aid • The unique PGS code for your parish (usually 9 digits in length). St Edmund, Southwold (330 633 380); St Margaret, Reydon (330 633 377); St Peter & St Paul, Wangford (330 633 387); St Mary, Uggeshall (330 633 384); St Andrew, Walberswick (330 633 385); St Lawrence, South Cove (330 633 379); Holy Trinity, Blythburgh (330 633 364);   St Andrew, Sotherton (330 633 378).