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.

Sunday 14th June 2020

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. 

The Society has published this booklet to assist us to pray privately in church: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Praying_in_Church_FINAL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3xLTma98Z9u0saS1kVWCI10PCdoYs2JU4G1Fay52GS87Y06hUqvGRgKDc

Please can we also pray for the following this week:

  • For Black Lives Matter, and a right response to God’s call for justice and respect for all
  • For Churches, as we respond to possible reopening of buildings as lockdown eases
  • Schools, as they gradually have more pupils returning.
  • Families at home and at breaking point, and those living isolated and alone

Services resources that do not require a computer

This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Cardinal Vincent Nichols): BBC Radio 4

10:30 AM – Dudley Benefice service (Rev Hugh Burton): Telephone (0203 481 5240)

10:45 AM – Sunday Worship (Sarah Bradley): BBC 1

3 PM – Choral Evensong (York Minster): BBC Radio 3

Worship resources that require a computer

9 AM – Church of England Service (How Jesus meets us in our darkest hour): YouTube (https://youtu.be/sMn44SloEkI)

10:30 AM – Parish Worship Service (Dudley Benefice): Zoom (to get access to this service, you will need to e-mail Rev Hugh Burton (rectorofdudley@gmail.com))

10:45 AM – Mass (Shrewsbury Cathedral): via the cathedral webcam (http://www.shrewsburycathedral.org/webcam)

11:30 AM – Mass (Bishop of Fulham): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham)

Other resources

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.

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

Sunday 7th June 2020 (Trinity Sunday)

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 Rev Hugh Burton and his wife Alison are planning a 100 miles sponsored ride for Yeldall Manor Christian rehab centre in July.  You can sponsor them here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alison-Burton11

Service resources that do not require a computer

This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Jonathan Rea): BBC Radio 4

10:30 AM – Dudley Benefice service (Rev Hugh Burton): Telephone (0203 481 5240)

10:45 AM – Sunday Worship (Rev Canon Leigh Richardson): BBC 1

11:15 AM – Sunday Morning Stories (Rev Kate Bottley): BBC 1

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Sean Fletcher): BBC 1

3PM – Choral Evensong (St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick): BBC Radio 3

Service resources requiring a computer

9 AM – Church of England Trinity Sunday Service: YouTube (https://youtu.be/r1BjdzR1I1k)

10:30 AM – Parish Worship Service (Dudley Benefice): Zoom (to get access to this service, you will need to e-mail Rev Hugh Burton (rectorofdudley@gmail.com))

10:45 AM – Mass (Shrewsbury Cathedral): via the cathedral webcam (http://www.shrewsburycathedral.org/webcam)

11:30 AM – Solemn Mass (Bishop of Fulham): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham)

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.

 

Sunday 31st May 2020 (Pentecost)

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

Service resources that require a computer

9AM – Church of England Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost Service (YouTube): https://youtu.be/UvNuebjkSM4

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Service (Dudley Benefice): Zoom (to get access to this service, you will need to e-mail Rev Hugh Burton (rectorofdudley@gmail.com))

10:45 AM – Mass (Shrewsbury Cathedral): via the cathedral webcam (http://www.shrewsburycathedral.org/webcam)

11:30 AM – Solemn Mass (Bishop of Fulham): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham)

Other Resources

Society videos available at 8 AM on Sunday 31st May 2020 and 8 AM on Friday 5th June 2020 this week:  The Society Facebook Page

6PM Daily – Shrine Prayers: Live via the Shrine website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/