Team News 8th 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.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Commemorations at War Memorials will be restricted to wreath layers only.  A Remembrance Sunday Service at 9.30am via Zoom ID 885 8811 4096, Passcode 134083  Other services this Sunday via Zoom8.00am BCP Communion via Zoom ID 846 2243 1472, Passcode 006104. Messy Church service is streamed via Zoom every Sunday at 9.30am. For more information please contact 

Readings: 3rd Before Advent/Remembrance Sunday – Amos 5:18-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 5:1-12.

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

 Mid Week ServicesTuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon via Zoom. Thursday 8.30pm Compline from Blythburgh via Zoom. The invitation and link will be emailed each Thursday. If you would like to receive this please email  

Daily Hope prayer hotline Available 24 hours a day 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 we begin another period of Lockdown.  We remember especially, the sick, the anxious, the lonely, and the bereaved. We also pray for our Health Service at this time.

Operation Christmas Child Please contact Christine or Brian on (723023) Neil and Jan Holloway (723706) in the next couple of days if you still have boxes to return.

 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 more 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 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). 

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