Team News 20 September 2020

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

We are planning to gradually re-open our Churches for worship. The Government has issued strict guidelines that we must observe. One such measure is that face coverings are to be worn in church.

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 20 September 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 at 11.15am, St Lawrence, South Cove at 3pm (Harvest) and St Mary’s Uggeshall at 6.00pm.

On the 15th Sunday after Trinity, 20 September, we will live stream a CW Holy Communion Service at 11.15am via Zoom. ID 871 1368 1080. Password 744684. Readings for Trinity 15 Sunday 20 September: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16.

Mid Week Services Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon. Wednesday 8.45 Morning Prayer, St Margaret, Reydon ;  10.00 Eucharist, St Andrew, Walberswick Thursday 10.00 Eucharist St Edmund, Southwold; 8.30pm Zoom Compline from Blythburgh Friday 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 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, South Cove and Walberswick churches are open for private individual prayer. 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

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.

Holy Trinity Blythburgh are very happy to announce the return of Choral Evensong on the first Sunday of each month, starting on Sunday 4 October at 6pm. The harmonious Blythburgh Singers, led by Ellis Bell, are enthusiastic about singing again even if – because of distance requirements – the choir will be half its normal complement. However, since this is a popular service, we’ll 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, or by text on 07710 254 665. She will need to know, in advance, the name and contact details of all who plan to attend. It would also help to know those people are in the same household, so we can group those together and save space. The booking deadline is 5pm on Saturday 3 October.

EXPLORING PRAYER – this is a 5 session course exploring prayer led by Rev Judy Miller and Sarah Wallington Smith,  beginning on October 19th via Zoom. Each session will include an introduction to a contemplative prayer approach, with examples of how it can be used, or adapted for personal use.You will have an opportunity to discuss and try out each approach within the group session, and the chance to practice it in your own time, before the next meeting. We will begin the next meeting by sharing our experiences of that approach, before exploring another, in a similar fashion.

We will meet on Monday’s via Zoom commencing 19/10/20. Then on 26/10/20, 2/11/20, 9/11/20 and 16/11/20. At the end of the course, we hope to arrange a date to meet as a group in person, and celebrate the Eucharist together (depending on the latest COVID restrictions). Each sessions will last an hour and will take place in the afternoon or evening depending on the group’s preference/availability. Time will be decided when we have a list of participants. The maximum group size will be 8. We have had several  expressions of interest so far, but are not yet fully subscribed. If you’d like to join us, or have any questions, please contact Judy, or Sarah on or 07471949005.

Daily Hope prayer hotline 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. Available 24 hours a day 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. 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)