Prayers this week for:
Those who are ill:
Richard Gunton, Vince, Jane Williams,
Rosie Skelton, Jane
Those who have died:
Reg Millard, Daphne Starling
Those whose anniversaries fall at this time:
Remember the people of Beirut now also coping with a rise in Covid 19 cases
All schools teachers, staff and pupils preparing to start the new term
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.
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.
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 – 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.
Because there will not be a service at Yoxall every week you are warmly invited to join any of the other congregations in our Benefice when there is no service here. The schedule below gives details.
|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/DS|
|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|
Ride and Stride 2020
The organisers now confirm that the event will be running on Saturday 12th September, though without the anticipation that so many churches will be open or manned by welcomers.
If anyone would like a sponsor form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)
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.
Daphne Starling’s Funeral
The funeral service for Daphne will be in Church on Tuesday 1st September at 12.30pm. Daphne will be carried from her home to Church by members of her family.
I know many would want to acknowledge her as their friend and a member of the Church family but because of Covid restrictions, we will not be able to be present in Church or the churchyard. If you wish to line the street as a mark of your respect and love for her then please do so.
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)
If you go on to YouTube you can hear St Mother Theresa reciting the words of the hymn Make me a channel of your peace.