Prayers this week for:
For those who are ill:
Richard Gunton, William Ireland, Revd. Les Rees, Rosie Skelton, Vince, Jean Upton and Jane Williams.
Those whose anniversaries fall at this time; Peter Wilkes
May we also remember people who are dealing with trauma and change in their lives.
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.
In Yoxall we have already complied with many of the conditions in order to open for Private Prayer – a 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 both inside and outside the Church building. (The one metre + rule only applies when 2 metres are not possible.) This means that we could not accommodate more than about 30 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. Communion in one kind (i.e. bread only) is allowed and we will offer face shields to those who wish to receive. The face shields will be placed in a basket after receiving, left for 72 hours and then sanitized ready for re-use. You will be invited to sanitize your hands on entry and exit. And face masks and gloves will be available for those who need them. We need to take your name and contact phone number for Track and Trace but this information will only be kept for 21 days and then destroyed. So Church will feel very different.
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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.
The times when the Church will be open for private prayer so that individuals or those who live in the same house may come in to pray by themselves in the Lady Chapel, has changed. Social Distancing and all necessary precautions will be observed. This is available at the following time:
10am to 2pm
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 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)