Team News 15 November 2020

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

CHURCHES TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP BUT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER From Thursday 5 November until 2 December Churches are to remain closed except for Private Prayer.  St. Andrew’s, Sotherton & St. Andrew’s, Walberswick will not be open for private prayer. Worship at Home materials will be made readily available and a reduced number of services will be live streamed.


CALL TO PRAYER The Archbishops have called on the nation to pray at 6pm each evening as we continue to live alongside the Pandemic.  We are asked to pray for all who are anxious, bereaved and for the church, that it may be a voice of hope in these dark and difficult times. We are also asked to pray for all who work for our National Health Service. St Edmundsbury Cathedral is responding to the call for a month of prayer for the nation by livestreaming daily Evening Prayer services.  The Cathedral will livestream its services via Facebook. Full details can be found 

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

 2nd Sunday Before Advent there will be an 8.00am BCP Communion via Zoom ID 874 1755 7302, Passcode 821540. A CW Holy Communion Service at 9.30am via Zoom ID 816 9402 0379, Passcode 336679 A Family service is streamed via Zoom every Sunday at 9.30am. For more information please contact 

Readings:  Zephaniah 1:7.12-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14 30.                              

Mid Week ServicesTuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon via Zoom. Thursday 8.30pm Compline from Blythburgh via Zoom. The invitation and link will be emailed each Thursday. If you would like to receive this please email  

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  We pray for us all as we continue to live under Lockdown.  We remember especially, the sick, the anxious, the lonely, and the bereaved. We remember all who are unemployed and we also pray for our Health Service at this time.

The Home, But Not Alone free phoneline, which supports vulnerable people in our communities who may be struggling with the impact of Coronavirus, was paused in August. However, in light of the 2nd national lockdown, the service is now up and running again. 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The phoneline is there to help thousands of people and families, who often don’t have a network of family or friends to call upon, access emergency support such as food and medicine deliveries and befriending schemes.

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

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

Guidance regarding Financial Giving during the CrisisOur 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. 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). 

In an emergency  – Reverend Alan is taking two weeks off apart from hosting Zoom services on Sunday.  In an emergency please contact Rev Simon on 01502 725424