Team News 9th August 2020

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

The August issue of Heart & Sole is now available on our website This is located on our home page, just click the Heart & Sole logo at the bottom of the page. There will not be a printed version of this issue.

Copy deadline for the September issue of Heart & Sole is 10th August.

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

Some Services will now take place in Church, whilst others will continue to be live streamed. Services in church will take place on 9 August in St Margaret’s Reydon at 8.00am, St Margaret’s Reydon and St Edmund, Southwold at 9.30am, Holy Trinity, Blythburgh at 11.15am, and St Mary’s Uggeshall at 6.00pm. On the 9th Sunday after Trinity, 9 August, we will email a link to a PRE-RECORDED CW Holy Communion Service, that can be watched at your convenience, and a Weekly Messy Church Service being streamed via Zoom. We will continue to provide service materials by email, and leave paper copies in the porch of St Margaret, Reydon.

Readings for Trinity 9 Sunday 9 August: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33.

Mid Week Services Tuesday 6.30pm PRE-RECORDED via zoom Holy Communion, St Margaret, Reydon. There will not be a service in church this week. Wednesday 8.45 Morning Prayer, St Margaret, Reydon ;  10.00 Eucharist, St Andrew, Walberswick Thursday 10.00 Eucharist St Edmund, Southwold; 8.30 pm 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 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 Rev Alan Perry can be contacted on 01502 453624 or emailing

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.

St Lawrence Patronal Festival – Songs of Praise (Sunday 16 August at 3pm)

Instead of Evensong on Sunday, 16 August, there will be a St. Lawrence-Tide ‘Songs of Praise’ outside church. This will be followed by a ticketed ‘Pimms Celebration’. Please ask Alan, Alice or Alison for further details. All are welcome.

The animal service is still on (virtually). Sunday 16 August at 11.15am. Zoom ID 849 0805 9623. Password 957657

Even though we can’t hold an actual Blessing of the Animals Service in Blythburgh this year, we still believe that it’s important to give thanks for our animals. So we thought it would be an exciting experiment to hold a Zoom animal service on Sunday 16 August at 11.15am. You’re warmly invited to join your pets on the sofa, or wherever, in front of a screen as we have been doing with our regular 11.15 Zoom services.  Zoom ID 849 0805 9623. Password 957657 Because animals have a tendency to wriggle, and occasionally refuse to co-operate, we want to include, as part of the service, a ‘rogues gallery’ of people’s animals, so we can all admire each other’s furry and feathered friends. If you’d like your animal  to be featured (even if he or she has departed this life), please send a photograph (preferably as a jpeg) to


The annual Bike and Stride event will take place on Saturday 12th September unless new COVID-19 restrictions affecting it come into place. Sponsorship forms will be available from the churches or local organisers within the next week or so. The local organisers are: 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.

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

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. 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)