Prayers this week for:
Richard Gunton, Revd. Les Rees, Rosie Skelton, Jane, Jean Upton, Malcolm and any who are troubled at this time.
Those who have died: Stephen Barlow
Those whose anniversaries fall at this time: Graham Gibson and David Harley Muir
Church Re-opening for worship
You may have heard in the media that the Churches may open for worship after 4th July with strict conditions. As a Benefice, we are looking at how we might be able to do this and so will definitely NOT be able to open this Sunday (5th July).
In Yoxall we have already complied with many of the conditions in order to open for Private Prayer – one way system through Church, hand sanitizers on entry and exit, surfaces frequently cleaned with anti-bacterial liquids, posters and signs, etc.
People would have to comply with the 2-metre rule. (The one metre + rule only applies when 2 metres are not possible.) This means that we could not accommodate more than about 35 people at any one time including the Minister leading the service and any other Church members who need to be present. There will be no singing, sharing the peace or social time after the worship. Services have to be kept as short as possible. It seems that communion in one kind (i.e. bread only) MAY be possible but we are awaiting more guidance on this. We must still encourage those over 70 (whether or not they have other medical conditions) and those with serious medical conditions (regardless of age) to stay at home. So the Church will feel very different.
However, we would like to offer services for those able to participate. So the Ministry Team will look carefully at this and keep you up-to-date with progress over the next couple of weeks.
Funerals and weddings
The Government is now allowing Weddings and Funerals to take place in Church again under strict conditions. One of these conditions is that no more than 30 people attend including the Minister and any other Church people who need to be present AND INCLUDING ANYONE IN THE CHURCHYARD. This latter point being very important in terms of funerals where, in the past, those unable to be present in the Church building have stood outside and had the sound relayed to them. This is NOT now possible.
If anyone is asked about Weddings and Funerals would they please refer to Marilyn before making any commitments to those enquiring.
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
Rev Marilyn 07889372275 or 01889 624127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Mike on 01543 472761 or email@example.com
Items for notices for next Sunday to Sue Piper by Wednesday please ~ email firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel 472314)