Please remember to put your clock back an hour on Sunday morning. British Summer Time will end at 2 AM, and we shall then be back to Greenwich Mean Time.
Services this week will remain at the usual times:
11 AM Sunday – Mass
12:15 PM Wednesday – Mass
Please remember that Fr Ecclestone, Ebbsfleet Healthy Churches Minister, will be with us on Wednesday 28th October 2020. Rev Hugh Burton will also be with us to welcome the new church wardens, so please make every effort to attend this Wednesday.
For anyone who cannot attend church at this present time, the Dudley Benefice Zoom service still takes place at 11 AM every Sunday. This service can also be accessed via YouTube:
Back in March, the Bishop of Fulham created a short video about the Rosary. 7th October was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Bishop Jonathan re-released the video. You can watch the video here:
The Revd Canon Gary Ecclestone SSC, Ebbsfleet Healthy Churches Mentor, will be attending the 1215 Mass on Wednesday 28th October 2020. This will give him the chance to meet our congregation (Covid-19 rules applying), and help us think about our mission. Please attend this service if you can.
Bishop Philip North
Bishop Philip North has made an excellent Covid-19 video. Please watch it here:
Services for October
Services are at the usual times:
11 AM Every Sunday: Mass
12:15 PM Every Wednesday: Mass
If you are still isolating at home, the Benefice Zoom Service is still running at 11 AM every Sunday. To access this service, please contact Rev. Hugh Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Church of England still runs a service via YouTube at 9AM every Sunday. You can watch the service here:
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
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
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.)
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.
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
Ahead of what would have been the weekend of the 2020 pilgrimage, here is a link to a Spirtitual Pilgrimage to Glastonbury Abbey:
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.
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:
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