HERITAGE OPEN DAY: Saturday 19th September

The church will be open from 11am until 2pm on Saturday 19th September for the Heritage Open Day.

We welcome you to visit for a ‘walk around’ whilst respecting social distances and wearing face coverings.

If you would like to pay a virtual visit to our Grade 2* listed building, then why not click onto the link www.dudleyheritageopendays.org.uk from the 11th September.

Thanks to Paul and Emma from Dudley MBC for organising this.

Jon Harcourt

September 2020

It has been bought to my attention that information in regards to when St. Edmund’s is now open is not clear on this website.  So I shall clarify the times here:

  • 11 AM Every Sunday – Mass
  • 12:15 PM Every Wednesday – Mass/Service of the Word

St. Edmund’s is no longer open for private prayer on Mondays and Thursdays.  Due to Covid-19, we are not at present able to open for the community day on Thursdays mornings. 

Other News

Saints of the Month can be downloaded here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Saints_of_the_Month_-_September_FINAL.pdf

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ordinations which would usually have taken place at Petertide have been moved to the season around Michaelmas (29th September).  Please do pray for all those who are preparing for ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood, details of The Society ordinations can be found here:  https://www.sswsh.com/fullposts.php?id=296

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It is really important that we all pray for our Deacons, Priests and Bishops, that God will sustain them in their ministry, that he will guide those preparing for ordination and that there will be an increase in vocations to the Deaconate and Priesthood. To help us pray for our clergy we have produced this resource with The Society, which can be downloaded here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Ordination_Resource_FINAL.pdf

Two Messages from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet

  1. 8 August: Face masks in church

St Edmund’s, Dudley

Face coverings and hygiene at Mass

  • Please sanitize your hands thoroughly before coming to church, on entry to the church (and when moving into the hall).
  • From 8 August the wearing of face coverings in places of worship becomes a legal requirement (as it is in shops and supermarkets)
  • There is no health risk in receiving Holy Communion as the priest will have followed current advice on safe celebration of the Eucharist.  In order to receive Holy Communion, the correct way to put a face mask on or take it off (so as to avoid touching the inside or outside of the mask) is to handle only the straps.  (If you wish to follow official advice to sanitize your hands again at that point, please bring your own sanitizer.)

2. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter for August

August 2020

St. Edmunds is now open for public worship.  Service times are as follows:

  • 11 AM Every Sunday – Mass

Shielding has ended, so everyone should now be returning to church to receive Holy Communion.  However, if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, are self-isolating, or have been advised by a medical professional to do so, you should remain at home.

From 8th August, face coverings will be compulsory in places of worship.  For HM Government guidelines on how to use a face covering, please look here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#how-to-wear-a-face-covering

For anyone who is self-isolating, the resource below is available:

Saints for the Month

The Society and the Church Union have published the August edition of Saints of the Month.  You can download your copy here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Saints_of_the_Month_-_August_.pdf?fbclid=IwAR37n8BrjVCepb9RgJV01z-ruimn2M8wErf65BNvjKPtEUFhXOOjjZQvjBk

God bless everyone, and please stay safe.

Re-opening during Covid 19

An important notice from Jon:

At last we will be able to receive the Body of our Lord during Holy Service at St Edmunds!

For good practice, common sense and safety for us all, the service will not be as we are used to.

Information on ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ can be found HERE  so that when you come to church you will aware of happenings before, during and after the service.

Fr John Oakes will be the celebrant.

If you hope to be with us on Sunday, please let me know! 07931 512671

God be with you till we meet again.

Jon

Sunday 12th July 2020 (5th Sunday after Trinity)

Last Sunday I travelled to Walsall for my first Mass in nearly four months.  It felt so good being back in church again, worshipping with other Christians, and receiving the blessed sacrament.  We are taking the first steps towards life returning to normal.

St. Edmund’s will remain closed for public worship this Sunday, but will be open for private prayer on the following two days:

  • 11 AM – 12 PM Monday
  • 11 AM – 12 PM Thursday

If you are looking for a church to attend whilst you are waiting for St. Edmund’s to re-open, you can find your local Society church here: https://sswsh.com/map.php

If you are currently shielding, or you want to wait to attend Mass at St. Edmund’s, the following worship resources are available:

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Rev Dr Craig Gardiner): BBC Radio 4

9 AM – Mass (The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham): Shrine website (https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/)

10:30 AM – Dudley Benefice Service (Parish Worship); Zoom (rectorofdudley@gmail.com) or telephone (0203 481 5240)

3 PM – Choral Evensong (King’s and St John’s Choirs in King’s College, Cambridge): BBC Radio 3

6 PM – Daily Prayers from The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/)

Glastonbury Pilgrimage

Ahead of what would have been the weekend of the 2020 pilgrimage, here is a link to a Spirtitual Pilgrimage to Glastonbury Abbey:

Please pray

For other countries affected by coronavirus who don’t have the facilities to deal with the crisis.  Christian Aid, Tear Fund and many others continue to work in many places despite a lack of resources. St James’ have just sponsored a tap in Ethiopia, so people can wash hands, as we here are constantly being reminded to do. (ToiletTwinning.org)

Please take time to attend a service this Sunday, either physically or virtually.

Sunday 5th July 2020 (4th Sunday after Trinity (Godparent’s Sunday))

St. Edmund’s will not be open for public worship this Sunday.  Shielding does not end until Saturday 1st August 2020, so St. Edmund’s will be taking a cautious approach to re-opening.  Please keep checking this website for further updates.  St. Edmund’s will, however, remain open for private prayer on the following days:

  • 11 AM Mondays & Thursdays

In light of many Christians who are still shielding, The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will be live streaming Masses at 9 AM from Sunday 12th July 2020.  More information is available here: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/

With many Forward in Faith churches opening this Sunday, many of the churches we may have been tuning into for a live streamed Mass will no longer be providing this service.  St. Francis Friar Park is one of the churches opening this Sunday, however Fr. Ron Farrell is still offering a live streamed Mass via Facebook at 9:15 AM; you can access the Mass here: https://www.facebook.com/frron.farrell.1

The following worship resources are still available:

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Rev Lucy Winkett); BBC Radio 4

9 AM – Official Church of England Service; Church of England website (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online)

10:30 AM – Dudley Benefice Service (Parish Worship); Zoom (rectorofdudley@gmail.com) or telephone (0203 481 5240)

3PM – Choral Evensong (Sheffield Cathedral): BBC Radio 3

6 PM – Daily Prayers from The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/)

Please pray for the following this Sunday:

  • For all godparents, on this Godparents’ Sunday, in their task of prayerfully supporting their god-children into faith and life
  • For the NHS and Carers, as we celebrate the NHS 72nd Anniversary today
  • For Churches and businesses, as they plan for reopening of buildings and assess what is and is not safe to do
  • Families at home and at breaking point, and those living isolated and alone

Have a blessed Sunday and Stay Safe