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.
The July issue of the church magazine is now available, click on the cover picture above or HERE to see it. Printed copies are available in the church during opening hours (see below for current opening times).
St Edmund’s Church is open for private prayer on Mondays from 11am to 12 noon and Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.
These dates and times are an opportunity for you to silently “worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness”.
We follow the guidelines re sanitising at the end of each session.
Look forward to seeing you!
St Edmunds will be open for private prayer and reflection from Monday 22nd June.
Following an assessment suggested by the Church of England, a team of volunteers have worked hard cleaning and sanitising all hard surface, pews and the floor in preparation for the opening. See below for photographs by Phil Griffiths of the team at work (click on individual images for a larger view).
With social distancing and safety in mind, visitors can sit individually in alternate dedicated pews within the nave of the church.
Sanitising will take place again at the end of each session. Unfortunately neither books, bibles or refreshment will be available, but we still look forward to seeing you!
Mondays from 11am to 12 noon.
Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.
From Jon Harcourt:
We are sad to report the passing this last week of Fr Martin Iball, Curate at St Edmunds 1969-1973.
Also Moira Tongue, whose husband Fr Paul Tongue was curate at St Edmunds from 1964-69.
Please pray for them as they enter a new rest within the loving care of our dear Lord. For the friends and families they leave behind.
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord,
And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.
May they rest in Peace
And Rise in Glory.
An update on the current situation from Jon Harcourt:
This is the letter I received today (Sunday 7th June) from the Bishop of Worcester, and I ask you to read it carefully.
Any responses you may have, please send to me and Mark Wisbey, not the Bishop.
As most of you will be aware from the news, churches are being given permission to open for private prayer (not services) from June 15th.
During this week we shall be formulating a risk assessment for cleaning/sanitizing/opening/days/times/security/areas of church open/social distancing etc.
Although welcome, the actual date of opening must be thought about very carefully and logically.
Churchwarden Mark is experienced in Health and Safety, and we have already put in place a ‘Lone worker’ in church policy.
We will be in touch as soon as we have any news or decisions.
You can see the email from the Bishop of Worcester HERE.
On a lighter note, you may like to look at a perception of what a post lockdown church may look like – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfItkvCVfA&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1DP0DI0PX8Mv1_TFR1ioWuMy7ogNeaUtLrgFk5GcIG-WNsFvAr6DpdGts
God of compassion,
Be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
In their anxiety, be their hope;
In their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are delighted to report that the June 2020 issue of the church newsletter is now available. Click on this link or on the cover picture above.
News from Jon:
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the splendid bell at St Edmunds will be rung at 7pm on Friday 8th May 2020.
(This will be in compliance with lock-down regulations).
Jon has passed on this news:
‘Congratulations to Rhys and Nina on the birth of a baby girl, Erin at 11.30pm on Tuesday 5th May.
Nina and Erin are fine – and so is Rhys!’