Team News 30 August

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 www.solebayteamministry.co.uk

Some Services will now take place in Church, whilst others will continue to be live streamed. Services in church will take place on 30 August in St Edmund’s Southwold at 8.00am (BCP), St Margaret’s Reydon and St Edmund’s Southwold at 9.30am (CW), Holy Trinity, Blythburgh at 11.15am, and St Mary’s Uggeshall at 6.00pm.

On the 12th Sunday after Trinity, 30 August, we will live stream a CW Holy Communion Service at 11.15am via Zoom. ID 895 1582 7027. Password 933391 Readings for Trinity 12 Sunday 30 August: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28. 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 assistvicar@aol.com. 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 revsimon63@gmail.com Rev Alan Perry can be contacted on 01502 453624 or emailing adperry64@gmail.com

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.

SUFFOLK CHURCHES BIKE AND STRIDE EVENT – Saturday 12th September.

Most of the churches in the Team are taking part in this year’s event which has been allowed to go ahead as long as Covid restrictions are in place in each church.  If you would like to take part or can volunteer to steward please contact your parish representative. Blythburgh – Dr Paul Simmons, Reydon – Mrs Dorcas Rogers, South Cove – Ms Alison Evans, Southwold – Mrs Joan Goldsmith, Uggeshall – Mr Alan Palmer, Walberswick – Mrs Suzie Godfrey, Wangford – Mrs Jackie Casement. Rev Alan and Sue are again taking part this year and would welcome sponsorship.

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 vhcsouthwold@btinternet.com.

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)