The livestreams are continuing with the following services being made available via the St Ed's Facebook page:
Sunday 21st March 9:30 am Spiritual Communion, Rev Phil/Rev Paul
Sunday 21st March 11:15am Rev Paul (service sheet attached)
Sunday 21st March evening 6.30pm with Rachel (for Sunday Club and the young at heart)
Tuesday 23rd March 10am Tiny Tunes (music for all young people)
Wednesday 24th March 10.30am Rev Phil/Rev Paul
Wednesday 24th March 5.00pm Evening Prayer
Additionally at 8am daily (Monday to Saturday) we will be posting a ‘Daily bitesize prayer’ on the St Ed's Facebook page
Watch live if you are able --- or join later on 'catch up'.
Holy Week resources. We have baskets in the St Ed's porch with Palm Crosses, a Lifewords booklet with readings called ‘The Easter Journey’, and our prayer themes sheet. Please come along and help yourself to these resources for the approach to Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday vigil Last year we prayed in our homes, and an amazing 21 people signed up for an hour slot to do this. The sign – up sheet is in St Ed's church – we invite you to pray for an hour during the vigil at home. Please indicate which hour you are committing to.
Easter services We now have plans for our Easter Services. There will be livestreams and some ‘in person’ services. the sign up sheets are now in St Ed’s church for Easter Sunday services at 6.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am and 11.15am. Services as follows:
6.00am Sunrise service with Holy Communion (at St Ed’s)
9.30am Holy Communion for Easter (at St Ed’s and livestream)
11.00am Holy Communion for Easter (at St Peter’s Ringland)
11.15am Outdoor Communion for Easter (at St Ed’s and livestream)
The Big Church Read
A book to read together for St Ed’s and St Peter’s
We are at a pivotal time. The pandemic has called the church today across the nation to reflect, challenge and pray. As we look to the future we’d like to encourage you to read the book “Comfortable Words a call to restoration”. Through reading this book we ask God to speak to us both personally and as a church, praying that we may be filled afresh by the Holy Spirit, restored and renewed by God’s love.
Overview of the book
‘Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God…’ Through nine reflections, Steven Croft examines what these ‘comfortable words’ have to say to us. Each reflection begins from a passage of scripture taken from Isaiah 40–55: the song of an unnamed prophet who sings at the end of the exile to call God’s people home. The prophet sings of love and forgiveness, of new hope and strength in God, to rekindle courage in the hearts of God’s people. The prophet sings of a new kind of leadership, based on humility and gentleness. The prophet sings to tell us not to be afraid even in the face of death. These are comfortable words the whole world needs to hear afresh in this season.
Comfortable Words costs £7.99
Use this link for further details and to order a copy if you’d like to.
- or put the following into your browser https://thebigchurchread.co.uk/product/comfortable-words/
St Peter’s Appeal A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the appeal. Please pray for the ministry of St Peter’s at this exciting time. The appeal will continue until the end of March, as we explore the installation of a composting lavatory and running water. Any donations may be made by cash or by cheque payable to St Peter’s PCC Ringland and passed to Rev Paul. Thank you so much for your support.
Annual Meetings for St Ed’s will be held this year but are going to have to be on Zoom! The dates are below, and Notices are in church - Nomination forms are on the noticeboard at the back of church
Vestry meeting Tuesday 6th April 7.30pm on Zoom – To elect the churchwardens and re-affirm the assistant warden
2020 APCM Sunday 16th May 12.30pm on Zoom – To confirm that the Accounts and Annual Report were circulated. To elect 3 Deanery Synod members for the period from 2020 to 2023
2021 APCM Tuesday 18th May a 7.30pm on Zoom – To elect PCC members, present Annual Report and the Accounts.
Plant stall We are hoping to have a plant stall at church from 16th May onwards. Any donations of plants for the stall would be gratefully received. Vegetables are particularly popular, and we have a supply of seeds if anyone would like to start growing now.
Fun Day! We are planning to have a Fun Day at church on Saturday 17th July. Any offers of help to put up tents or to manage stalls and games would be gratefully received.
Food Bank whilst we continue to collect food for the Norwich Foodbank there is now a local Foodbank for the local needs of Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe Marriott. We have a separate receptacle in church for these items.