Team News 22 November

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

 Last Sunday Before Advent (Christ the King)On Sunday there will be an 8.00am BCP Communion via Zoom ID 824 7531 0943, Passcode 573262. A CW Holy Communion Service at 9.30am via Zoom ID 852 6015 6540, Passcode 146213 A Family service is streamed via Zoom every Sunday at 9.30am. For more information please contact halcyonmeldrum@gmail.comReadings: Christ the King – Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46.                         

Mid Week Services

Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon via Zoom.

Thursday 8.30pm Compline from Blythburgh via Zoom.           

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.

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.

BLUE CHRISTMAS (A Service to support anyone feeling down, depressed, bereaved or just below par) On Tuesday 8 December at 6.30pm Rev Simon and Rev Alan will be live streaming a simple service to support anyone who is feeling particularly low at this time of year.  The Service will be livestreamed via Zoom ID 824 6366 8956, Passcode 380483.  People will be invited to light a candle during the service.  Please tell anyone who you think would benefit from joining this service. The service is open to people of faith and those who have no faith.

The Home, But Not Alone free phoneline, which supports vulnerable people in our communities who may be struggling with the impact of Coronavirus 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 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 on joining 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. 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