Team News 21 March 2021

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

In light of the enhanced lockdown announced by the Government it has been decided, for the time being, in order to keep our church family safe, to provide limited mid-week worship and online/home worship on Sundays.  However, from Sunday 28 March (Palm Sunday) we will return to worship in our churches, with the same restrictions before the latest lockdown (e.g. wearing of face masks and social distancing) as before.  Services will be live streamed via YouTube from St Margaret, Reydon for those continuing to join us from home.

Sunday Services via Zoom

For added security sometimes we may welcome people via a Waiting Room.  You don’t need to join the service any differently from normal. There may just be a slight delay.

8am BCP & 9.30am CW Eucharist via Zoom. 9.30am Family Service via Zoom.

21st March

8.00am BCP Holy Communion: ID 898 3727 7437; Passcode 760335

9.30am CW Holy Communion: ID 857 5400 0601; Passcode 299298

9.30am Family Service via Zoom please contact Halcyon halcyonmeldrum@gmail.com

Revd.Simon Pitcher will take a Holy Communion Service at Uggeshall at 6pm

Mid Week Services

Tuesday 23 March Eucharist – 6.30pm Eucharist via Zoom: ID 899 0209 0312; Passcode 623249

Wednesday 24 March – 8.45 Morning Prayer at Reydon, 10.00am Eucharist at Walberswick.

Thursday 25 March  – 8.45 Morning Prayer at Southwold, 10am Eucharist at Southwold & 8.30pm Compline via Zoom

Most Church buildings will remain open every day for individual private prayer.

Prayer point: We pray for us all as we continue to live under very tough restrictions.  We pray for the widespread roll out of the vaccine.  We remember the lonely, bereaved and those who are now unemployed due to the pandemic.

Our website www.solebayteamministry.co.uk and CoE www.churchofengland.org/

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

National Day of Reflection: 23rd March – Reflect, Support, Hope

The National Day of Reflection, coordinated by the charity Marie Curie and officially supported by the Church of England.  On 23 March 2021 there will be one minutes silence at 12 noon to create a moment that shows support for the millions of people who have been bereaved. You are invited to Light a candle in church or at home and say the following prayer 

‘God of Love, as we think about all that has changed this year, help us to trust that you are always with us. As we remember those who have died, help us to trust they are at peace with you. As we reach out to others with kindness and care, may hope shine out in every heart and home’. Amen

Giving to Bishop’s Lent Appeal for kagera

It is simple to give to the Bishop’s Kagera Appeal.  Please look at the ‘Donate now’ button on the website at www.cofesuffolk.org/bishops-lent-appeal. This takes care of gift aid as well.

Easter Remembrance Lilies in St Edmunds If you would like us to include a lily in remembrance of someone special please can you let me know. Each lily will cost £5 and money should be placed in an envelope, complete with your details, and popped through Laurence Clarke’s post box at Sarum End, Salisbury Road, Southwold. Mary Lomas 01502 578126 mary@ursaden.com                              

Daily Hope prayer hotline Available 24 hours 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.

Food Bank Donations  

Thank you for all the your support so farThe Sole Bay Foodbank (working with Lowestoft Foodbank and Trussell Trust) is currently very short of the following items:-Tinned Fish, Tinned Tomatoes, UHT Milk, Rice Pudding, and Tinned Fruit. Please bring your donations to John and Jan Collins house at 19 Lakeside Park Drive or phone 01502 725731 for collection. Also, now a collection point in Blythburgh Church – just inside the main door, beside the Traidcraft stall. 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 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 weekly envelopes, by Standing Order or the Parish Giving Scheme. The Parish Giving Scheme tel is 0333 002 1271. 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). For some of our Churches you can donate online. You can join the Parish Giving Scheme online at parishgiving.org.uk