Prayers this week for: Richard Gunton, Revd. Les Rees, Rosie Skelton, Jane, Jean Upton, and any who are troubled at this time.
Those who have died: Mary Simmons Winifred (known as Barbara) Woolliscroft Stephen Barlow
Those whose anniversaries fall at this time: Stanley Langford, and John Edward Hodgetts
Lichfield Cathedral is now open for private prayer from 1430 -1630 every day. Social distancing measures, cleaning, and hand sanitisation arrangements have been put in place. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to ensure everyone is kept safe and all abide by the distancing measures. Numbers entering the Cathedral will be limited and everyone coming to the Cathedral needs to be prepared to queue if necessary.
Families and Church
If you have access to the internet, please look at St Peter’s Church Facebook page every week. Our Roots Church subscription provides us with lots of resources.
For families with children, we have got a weekly Bible Reading with related questions, prayers, lots of things to do, including a worksheet and colouring pages linked to the Lectionary, Year A.
For all of us, there is a very good postscript linking this week’s reading to the news. This contains a reflection, prayers, and activities for all. Well worth looking at!
www.rootsontheweb.com ~ this should bring you straight to the page ~ this is a free resource
You are warmly invited to join the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2020 Online, which will be live-streamed on Tuesday 30th June at 8.30-9.00am. The event will include prayers led by parliamentarians, hymns led by special guest singers and a keynote address by the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr. Graham Tomlin In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to bring together parliamentarians, church leaders and Christians from across the UK to pray, as well as reflect upon the message of hope and peace that the Christian faith brings to our society at this moment.
The event is free, but you must register via Eventbrite in order to receive access: tinyurl.com/nppb2020online For more information visit: www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/prayer-breakfast/
Free book to download
You can download the e-book “If you could ask God one question” by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper for free until the end of June. It’s a fantastic resource and looks at a number of questions asked by those who aren’t Christians. The best way to access this, if you have internet, is to use www.thegoodbook.co.uk , in the search box start typing the words “if you could ask God one question”. Click on the book “ebook”.
Until further notice we are unable to set the floodlights on request. They have however been set for Sunday evenings as a sign of respect for all those who are ill or who have passed away.
We are looking to form a Management Team to take over the background management (advertising, distribution, finances, etc.) to support the invaluable work done by our editors. The Team would only meet a couple of times a year unless there is a major issue to consider. If you would be interested in being involved in this please contact Rev Marilyn. (see contact details below)
We are being asked to open the Church for private prayer. This means allowing people to come as individuals or members of the same household to pray in the Church. Strict social distancing would have to be observed and there would be no access to the toilet or kitchen. The Lady Chapel would be designated for prayer and the rest of the Church made inaccessible. There would be no access to books, leaflets, etc. and the Church would have to be cleaned down with appropriate antibacterial cleaners after each visitor.
At St Peter’s we believe this would enable members of the community who want some time alone (or as a household) to reflect in a ‘prayed-in’ place to do so. Whilst wanting to do this it would rely on a volunteer willing to be available for one hour either morning or afternoon any day Monday to Saturday to make sure visitors adhere to guidelines and to clean down (largely spraying).
If you would be willing to consider this but would like more information, please contact Marilyn.
If you are willing to offer an hour then please contact Rev Mike Binsley.
Details for contact below.
Ride and Stride 2020
The organisers of this event remain hopeful that it will still be able to take place in some form on Saturday 12th September, albeit in a curtailed fashion. We have previously raised hundreds of pounds each year from Yoxall, shared between the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust and our own parish.
The Church is now open for private prayer (see times below) so that individuals or those who live in the same house may come in to pray by themselves in the Lady Chapel. Social Distancing and all necessary precautions will be observed. This is available at the following times:
Monday to Saturday
11 am to 12 noon
Only a small number of people can be in the Church at any one time so please be understanding of the limited time available and please be respectfully quiet while others pray.
Any queries please contact Marilyn or Mike (see below)
You may have heard the government announced that the Church could open for services from July 4th. As I write this we are waiting for details of how this could happen and what is and is not allowed. We will bring you details as soon as we can.
Rev Marilyn 07889372275 or 01889 624127 or email@example.com
Rev Mike on 01543 472761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Items for notices for next Sunday to Sue Piper by Wednesday please ~ email email@example.com (Tel 472314)