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

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

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!

Opening for private prayer

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!

Opening:

Mondays from 11am to 12 noon.
Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.

Sad news

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.

Jon

Churches reopening for Private Prayer

An update on the current situation from Jon Harcourt:

All,

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.

God bless,

Jon

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

Prayer for the Covid 19 outbreak

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.

Amen.