A weekly Prayer Leaflet and Invitation to our Zoom Morning Service on Sunday 22nd December, at 11am
Fr Aran and the Uffington Group of Churches warmly invite you to join the Morning Service being held at 11am on Sunday (22 November) via Zoom.
The joining details are
Morning Service via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 847 8147 3218
Topic: Sunday Worship in the Uffington Group 11am.
I am afraid there is no children’s activity
connected with this week’s service (this had been a Sunday when, before the
current restrictions were announced, only a service in church was envisaged).
As indicated when this four week lockdown began, the Holy Communion services previously planned during the period cannot take place – so there will be NO service at St Martin’s, Barholm-with-Stowe this Sunday (nor at St Michael & All Angel’s, Uffington on 29 November). But there will be a service via Zoom on 29 November.
Details of services in December will be circulated as soon as possible, once the Government has announced the restrictions that will replace the current lockdown.
I attach the customary prayer leaflet for Sunday and the coming week to help continue the fellowship of prayer while gathering for worship remains restricted. As ever, any specific requests for inclusion in future leaflet would be welcome by early Friday evening; any specific requests for private daily prayer by the clergy can be made at any time to Fr Aran – indeed Fr Aran remains contactable on 07590 055905 or email ([email protected]) to offer whatever help he and the ministry team can do during these difficult times.
This Sunday – the last Sunday before Advent – is observed as the Festival of Christ the King. The Church’s year, which begins on Advent Sunday with the hope of the coming Messiah, ends with the proclamation of Christ’s sovereignty and majesty. Also, although as Fr Aran noted last Sunday that the collect of that day included the words “stir up,” it is this Sunday which is traditionally known as “Stir Up Sunday” – from the opening words of the collect of the day in the Book of Common Prayer. We now use the contemporary version of that collect in the closing sequence of Sunday’s service (as well as in the concluding section of the prayer leaflet) – in days of yore, churchgoers would have been spurred by the collect to go home and make their Christmas puddings in good time for them to mature before Christmas Day – all the family participating in the stirring!
West Deeping Bible Study Group will continue (via Zoom) on Tuesday 1 December at 3:00pm – this is not reserved for West Deeping, all are welcome to participate! Details will be circulated next week.
While our pattern of worship and mode of communication remains disrupted, the use of electronic communication will continue to be important – please feel free to pass this message (and attachment) to anyone you think might wish to receive it. Requests to be added to the distribution list are very welcome (but should be from the individual concerned for privacy and data protection reasons); conversely, should you no longer wish to receive this weekly communication please e mail me accordingly.
Wishing you every blessing and good health in the coming weeks.