Tenth Sunday after Trinity – 16th August 2020 – Notices & Prayers

Tenth Sunday after Trinity – 16th August 2020 – Notices & Prayers
14th August 2020 Joanna Turner

Prayers this week for:

We pray for all those who thirst for purpose, meaning and healing in their lives. Jesus said: ‘Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. John 4:14

Those who are ill:

Richard Gunton, William Ireland.  Revd. Les Rees, Rosie Skelton, Vince, Jane Williams,

Revd. Mike.

Those who have recently died:

Daphne Starling

Following the train derailment in Scotland please remember the Driver, the Guard and the Passenger who lost their lives, and also pray for all who are injured together with their relatives and loved ones.

May we continue to remember the people of Lebanon and the victims of the explosion in Beirut.

Those whose anniversaries fall at this time:

Alice Needham

 

Lichfield Cathedral 

Lichfield Cathedral is now open for private prayer from 1430 -1630 every day. Social distancing measures, cleaning and hand sanitisation arrangements have been put 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.

 

Church Re-opening for worship

 Here at Yoxall we are now open for worship and have complied with the conditions recommended by the Church of England/Diocese – 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.

Because there will not be a service at Yoxall every week you are warmly invited to join any of of the other congregations in our Benefice when there is no service here.

The schedule below gives details.

2020 Hamstall Kings Bromley Mavesyn Yoxall
16th August   11.15am   HC    DS   10am   HC      MB
23rd August 10am  HC      DS   11.30am    HC    FF  
30th August   11.15am  HC FF   10am HC  MP
6thSeptember 10am HC  MP   11.30am HC  DS  
13thSeptember   11.15am HC DS   10am  HC  MP
20thSeptember 10am HC  DS   11.30am MB  
27thSeptember UNITED BENEFICE SERVICE AT HAMSTALL RIDWARE FOR 900TH ANNIVERSARY     Bishop Michael
4th October   10.45am HC with Harvest Celebration  DS 6.30pm Harvest Festival Songs of Praise FF (if singing allowed) OR

(if no singing allowed)  11.30am HC with Harvest celebration FF

10am HC with Harvest Celebration  MB
11th October 10am HC with Harvest celebration  DS 11.15am HC  MB   10am HC  MP
18th October 10am  HC  MP   11.30am HC  DS  
25th October   11.15am HC  DS   10am  HC  MB

 

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.

 

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.

 

Floodlights

We are now able to take requests for floodlights!  If you would like to have them set in memory of a loved one or for a special event, then please contact Sue on 472314 or email susanpiper@hotmail.co.uk with your request.  We kindly ask for a minimum donation of £10.00 to go towards the cost of the floodlighting, which can be placed in an envelope and put in the letterbox at Snails Place, Victoria Street. Please note that floodlights requested during the summer will not come on until approximately 9.30 pm.

 

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

 

Private Prayer

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:

 

Wednesday

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)

Everyone is warmly invited to attend services in any of the churches of the United Benefice. At the moment each church in the Benefice has a service every other Sunday. On the Sundays when your church does not have a service you do not have to go without worship or receiving God’s life in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It is only a ten-minute drive to another church in the Benefice and you will be made very welcome.

Face coverings in church will be required from August 8th just as they are required in supermarkets and other places. Yes, we all know that they are uncomfortable and difficult to wear, they steam up your glasses and it feels hard to breathe. But we do this to protect each other from the transmission of the virus. During the pandemic lockdown, we have been accustomed to making sacrifices to protect the well-being of others. This is a little thing that we can do to protect our Christian community from Covid-19.

 

Contact Details

Rev Marilyn 07889372275 or 01889 624127 or marilyn.peters@hotmail.com

Rev Mike on 01543 472761 or lizandmike.83@btinternet.com

Items for notices for next Sunday to Sue Piper by Wednesday please ~  email susanpiper@hotmail.co.uk (Tel 472314)

 

Creator,                                                                                             Christ,

as I prepare to go into the world,                                               since my lips will be covered,

help me to see the sacrament                                                       uncover my heart,

in the wearing of this cloth –                                                        that people would see my smile

let it be “an outward sign                                                             in the crinkles around my eyes.

of an inward grace” –                                                                    Since my voice may be muffled,

a tangible and visible way of living                                          help me to speak clearly,

love for my neighbours,                                                               not only with my words,

as I love myself.                                                                             But with my actions.

 

 

Holy Spirit,

As the elastic touches my ears,

remind me to listen carefully –

and full of care – to all those I meet.

May this simple piece of cloth be

shield and banner,

and each breath that it holds,

be filled with your love.

In your Name and

in that love,

I pray. May it be so. May it be so