Services during COVID19 restrictions

CHANGE OF SERVICE PATTERN IN THE BENEFICE

We have simplified our service rota to make it easier to read. As from 4th July we are moving back to a fuller rota of services across the benefice. However, the observant and those with good memories will notice some changes.

The children in the families who have been faithfully coming to our Family Services are growing older and we think it is time to transfer our energies to running a twice each half term weekday after school Messy Church* in both Longden and Hanwood to reach out to other families – we are looking for volunteers to help with this, do contact me for more information. To make this happen we need to simplify our Sunday Family Services. The Pulverbatch family service will be-come Morning Worship with a time for reflection and craft for young people, and similarly Annscroft Sunday Central Family Service. They will still be imaginative, creative worship accessible to everybody. Hanwood’s Cake and Sunday Afternoon Worship will stay similar to what we have done before. All of these family services will start in September - COVID allowing. In July and August, there will be a Prayer and Social at 11am on the 3rd Sunday at Hanwood – a time to catch up with each other.

Revd Sheila Dawson-Campbell and Revd Ian Ross have both stopped taking services – we have been very blessed by their faithful service for many years and sorely miss their ministry. We will struggle to lead so many services at the same time. To alleviate this, Annscroft and Longden Holy Communion Services on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays will start at 11am not 10am –a lie in for those wishing to come! This allows one priest to do the 9.30am service at Pulverbatch and then go on to Annscroft or Longden, which was not possible while the service was at 10am.

Fewer people have been able to come to the 6.30pm Holy Communion at Longden on the first Sunday of the month and also the Thursday morning Holy Communions. So we have stopped the 6.30pm service, and the Thursday morning Holy Communions will be done every 2 weeks in July. This may change to once a month if that is what people prefer.

We have changed the order of the pattern of Services at Pulverbatch to make planning easier. The Holy Communion at Pulverbatch will continue to alternate between Common Worship (CW) and Book of Common Prayer (BCP).

Zoom services have been much appreciated during the lockdown and we will continue with a monthly 4.30pm zoom for the time being. People have enjoyed having the written sermons at hand so we will continue emailing these out. Do ask if you would like to receive these.

“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”

Psalm 95.1

Blessings,

Revd Graham Phillips

01743 861003

email: revgrahamphillips@gmail.com. 

The church is locked to prevent any possibility of infection. If you visit a grave please maintain social distance rules within the churchyard.

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