Team News 6 December

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

Welcome back to being able to worship in church again.  Please remember to follow the same restrictions as before.  We are reminded in particular to not linger inside the church at the end of the service to ensure safe physical distance.
We pray for us all as we continue to live under the Tiered System.  We remember especially, the sick, the anxious, the lonely, and the bereaved. We remember all who are unemployed.   We also pray for our Health Service at this time.

Mid Week Services commence again from this week with the following services remaining on Zoom.Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon via Zoom, apart from it being replaced by the Blue Christmas Service for just next week.Thursday 8.30pm Compline from Blythburgh via Zoom.

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

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.

 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 0800 876 6926, which supports vulnerable people in our communities who may be struggling with the impact of Coronavirus. 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. 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

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).