Team News 17 May

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings are closed

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in our building. Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life

Services are now being live streamed using Zoom.  
On Sunday 17 May, Easter 6, we will live stream a BCP Holy Communion Service at 8.00am. Meeting ID 840 0157 0374, Password 176717 and a CW Holy Communion Service at 9.30am, Meeting ID 823 5562 2022, Password 418938. There is also a Weekly Messy Church Service being streamed via Zoom. all are welcome to join, whatever age.  For the zoom code please email individually by email. There will be a BCP Choral Evensong at 3pm, Meeting ID 867 2093 8191, Password 569096.  There will be a Holy Communion Service to celebrate Ascension Day on Thursday 21 May at 7pm. Meeting ID 849 1886 1636, Password 068705.  Invitations will be sent out 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 Sunday 17 May: Acts 17:22-31; 1Peter 3:13-end; John 14:15-21
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 pointPray for our nation and every nation as we seek to cope with the restrictions caused by the Corona Virus. We pray for those self isolating or shielding at home.  We pray and give thanks for all hospital staff, and all who are providing vital services at this time. We pray for those families who have lost someone to the virus and for those worried about the survival of their businesses or loss of their livelihood.

Christian Aid Week: 10 – 16 May 2020

Thank you to everyone who gave a donation to Christian Aid last week.  If anyone would still like to give there are two ways available: On line: use the simple on line form OR telephone 020 7523 2046.

The May 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.

Food Bank Donations The need of people relying on Food Banks has never been greater. Donations can still be left in the Porch of St Margaret’s Church. Thank you for all your support.

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

Blythburgh Choral Evensong – One will be released each Sunday until we are able to enjoy the service live once again.

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).

In response to COVID-19, APCMs not yet held should be suspended during the current situation, please follow the advice below:

1. The time for holding meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens is extended to 31 October 2020.

2. The time for the admission of churchwardens is extended to 31 January 2021.

3. Existing 2019 churchwardens continue in office until 31 January 2021, unless re-admitted earlier or a successor is admitted earlier.

4. The period for holding APCMs is extended to 31 October 2020.

5. Existing 2017-20 lay members of deanery synod continue in office until 30 November 2020 even where their successors may have been elected at 2020 APCMs.

6. Deanery synod secretaries must provide the Diocesan office with names, addresses and emails of clergy and lay members (as per 5. above) asap and no later than 1 July 2020.

7. Unless the APCM has already been held, PCC members for 2019 will continue in office until the postponed 2020 APCM.

The current rules on safeguarding training require all PCC members to complete the online Basic Awareness and Foundation Training Courses.  If anyone is thinking of joining a PCC in one of the parishes of the Sole Bay Team now is the perfect opportunity while we are in lockdown to complete this training.  Access to the training courses can be found via the safeguarding page on the Diocesan website.  In accordance with the Bishops guidance to clergy in relation to safeguarding we cannot allow anyone who has not completed this training to take up their position on a PCC until such time as they have done so.

We would encourage parishes to submit returns by the 15 June date where 2019 financial statements have been prepared, audited or independently examined by that date, and as soon as possible after that. Many thanks Simon