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.
This Sunday we may all be celebrating something different. We may be celebrating the First Sunday after Trinity (Common Worship), or Corpus Christi (Roman Rite). If you haven’t watched The Society’s video for Corpus Christi yet, then please watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXCRQ5cQ4sE
Thinking about Corpus Christi brings me onto the subject of churches now being able to open for private prayer. We have not been able to receive The Lord’s Body and Blood during this lock-down, which I am sure has been painful for all of us. The Society hopes that in the future (it is not legal yet) the Blessed Sacrament will be on display in our churches, so we can at least pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Please continue to pray for a return to regular church worship.
Please remember that if you are going to a church for private prayer, it is for prayer only. HM Government does not allow members of different households to meet in a sheltered building for social purposes. If you have been advised to self-isolate, then please stay at home.
June is traditionally the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the feast day of the Sacred Heart this year is Friday 19th June. With The Society we have produced this resource of prayers, hymns and poems focused on the Sacred Heart that can be used throughout the year. You can find this and other resources that have been produced at www.churchunion.co.uk/coronavirusresources
Corpus Christi Sermon
You can watch the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s Corpus Christi sermon here.
On 25th March we took a step back from our Lenten journey towards Easter and back to Christmas, when we celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation. Through Holy Week we walked with Jesus to the cross. On Easter Sunday we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. 40 days after Easter Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension, and 50 days after Easter Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. This Sunday we shall be looking at how the three persons we have been celebrating, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, dwell together as one in the Holy Trinity.
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet has written his monthly pastoral letter for June. The letter is written for all regular worshippers in the See of Ebbsfleet. Please take time to read this letter today. The letter can be downloaded from this website.
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.
This Sunday is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. We will celebrate that God did not leave us comfortless following the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, but has sent his Holy Spirit to be our advocate and guide. May God pour out his Holy Spirit on us today and always.
Please ensure that you download the church magazine for June from this website.
Service resources that do not require a computer
The Dudley Benefice service can be access by telephone for anyone who does not have access to a computer. The telephone number is 0203 481 5240. Calls are 7p per minute from a landline. You will need ID and a password to log in, these you can access from Rev Hugh Burton. If you know someone who would benefit from this service, please pass this information on.
This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.
8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Elim Pentecostal service from City Church Cardiff): BBC Radio 4
10 AM – A Celebration for Pentecost (Live from Gorton Monastery): BBC 1
10:30 AM – Dudley Benefice service (Rev Hugh Burton): Telephone (0203 481 5240)
11AM – Sunday Worship (Bishop of Hereford): BBC 1
11:30 AM – Sunday Morning Stories (Rev Kate Bottley): BBC 1
1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Rev Kate Bottley): BBC 1
3PM – Choral Evensong (St. David’s Cathedral): BBC Radio 3