Services during November Lockdown - a letter from the Vicar
Here we are in another lockdown, and probably feeling a little perturbed by the prospect of more time indoors than we might like.
So, for the time being, we can't hold worship in the church buildings, but they will be open for individual prayer as currently and at other times by appointment with your churchwarden. We will continue with our Sunday morning Facebook live service, that you can watch with or without a Facebook account, and that same service is available on our YouTube page afterwards. We also have zoom morning prayer on Thursday mornings at 9am, and prayer during the day at noon, Monday to Friday on Facebook. You can find lots more information on our pages on A Church Near You, including electronic copies of the 3in1 magazines and the weekly sheets.
Daily Hope - if online worship isn't for you, then do try this free phone service from the Church of England. It is full of talks, hymns, weekly reflections, chair exercises, morning and evening prayer, weekly services and Mothers' Union midday prayers! Call free on 0800 804 8044.
Our Archbishops and Bishops have also made a call for prayer every day at 6pm during this lockdown. Please see https://www.gloucester.anglican.org/2020/a-call-to-prayer-for-the-nation/ for more information.
We have made plans for worship during November and December as follows:
Sunday 8th November Facebook 10am with Rob, including an Act of Remembrance. Later in the day, there will be a Remembrance Video for you to watch.
Sunday 15th November Facebook at 10am, led by Rob and members of Holy Trinity Church.
Sunday 22nd November Facebook at 10am, led by Rebecca and members of St Paul's Church.
Sunday 29th November Facebook at 10am, led by Susan, with Advent Carols
AND Make your own Christingle on zoom at 4pm, led by Susan and members of St Mary's Church Please register for this service by emailing [email protected], to receive your free kit (you just need to supply your own orange).
Friday 4th December 9pm Compline at St Mary's, or on Facebook or Zoom if we can't meet in person.
Sunday 6th December Facebook at 10am
3pm Holy Communion at St Mary's - assuming we can return to gathered worship
(Rebecca to present the confirmation candidates at the cathedral for their confirmation)
Friday 11th December 9pm Compline at St Mary's, or on Facebook or Zoom if we can't meet in person.
Sunday 13th December Community Carols on zoom and Facebook at 10am, with school, chapel and others!
11:30 Holy Communion at Holy Trinity - assuming we can return to gathered worship
3pm Carols at St Paul's - hopefully this can go ahead as an outdoor carol service, but if not, it will be on zoom instead.
Friday 18th December 9pm Compline at St Mary's, or on Facebook or Zoom if we can't meet in person.
Sunday 20th December Facebook at 10am
3pm Carols at St Mary's - hopefully this can go ahead as an outdoor carol service, but if not, it will be on zoom at the same time.
Christmas Eve 3pm Crib service on zoom. Please book with Chris Langham by emailing the office on [email protected] We will not be holding a gathered crib service due to the large numbers we usually expect. If we are oversubscribed we will either add another service at 4pm, or share the video on YouTube.
9pm - Christmas Communion (replaces Midnight Mass) at St Paul's - we are planning to broadcast or record and share this service*.
Christmas Day 9:30 St Paul's - hopefully Holy Communion (to be confirmed)
9:30 Holy Communion at St Mary's - we are planning to broadcast or record and share this service*.
11am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity - we are planning to broadcast or record and share this service*.
Sunday 27th December Facebook at 10am
11:30 Worship at Holy Trinity assuming we can return to gathered worship
3pm Holy Communion at St Paul's assuming we can return to gathered worship
*If we are not able to meet together to worship at Christmas, we are hoping to be able to lead three online services from the church buildings (if we are allowed!)
The details above are for services not other events, of which there quite a few. There may also be a Holy Trinity Carol Service, but that will be decided at the PCC next week. We will also have the Greenway Posada - with Mary and Joseph travelling the parishes and sharing their photo journal with us on Facebook and WhatsApp! More of that in a later email...
On the next few achurchnearyou pages are some resources that you might like to use during November and December (Advent).
1. Prayer Diary for lockdown 2 - apologies that this is only just available, but it has all been a bit short on notice! This is the document that you can print, or read from your screen,with a different prayer for each day of lockdown 2, until 2nd December.
2. Advent Ring - print and colour in your own Advent ring, and then use this throughout Advent during our Sunday 10am Facebook services.
3. Advent journey for families - a small booklet with ideas for each week in Advent, plus Christmas and Epiphany.
4. Now - and then - A Roots Advent resource for adults. 5 sessions that can be used as group bible study or for individuals, with links to music.
As ever, the churchwardens and the Pastoral Team are ready to help with a friendly voice at the end of the phone. Please don't hesitate to call for prayers, chat or practical help. If the person you call can't help, they will find someone who can. Don't wait for someone to call you - pick up the phone; we're ready to help. The pastoral team:
Revd Susan Cooke 01242 321806
Mr Robert Poole 01452 855660
Mrs Sue Padfield 01452 862509 (also St Mary's churchwarden)
Mrs Clare Stewart 01242 862598 (also St Paul's churchwarden)
Mrs Mary Tombs 01452 713200
Mrs Chris Nation 01242 521280
Please do share this email with those who might find the information, resources and prayers helpful.
A prayer for this time of Covid-19:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Reverend Susan Cooke
Vicar of Greenway Benefice - Badgeworth, Shurdington and Witcombe with Bentham.
My usual rest day is currently Saturday (it was Tuesday until the pandemic).
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation" Mark 16:15