Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Barton Under Needwood

Hundred Days of a closed church, 14 videoed services and a lot more!

18 Jun 2020, 10 a.m.
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We are nearly into the 100th day of lockdown. During that time we have kept in contact with all our regular worshippers through phone calls, Zoom meetings (for the tech-savvy) and the weekly newsletters with reflections on the readings from Canon Tony Barnard.  We keep searching for anyone who would like to be included in the weekly delivery of the newsletter, especially people who are housebound and who don't do computers as they are much less likely to be able to pick up on the latest news and information available. We hope that neighbours and friends of people in that category will contact us if they would like to be included. The "Box Set" of our videoed services along with all the weekly newsletters, reflections and service booklets can be found on our website: www.stjamesbarton.org.uk/benefice. The Archdeacon of Stoke, retired priests and other clergy have helped us with sermons, whole services and other contributions to our videoed services. We are delighted that Bishop Michael, Bishop of Lichfield, will contribute to our Patronal Festival on 26th  July, St James' Day. We are just about to publish our fourth edition of the Barton Chime which has taken on a different format under lockdown. It has been a useful way of publicising how the Barton Volunteer Network can be accessed, how to get prescriptions etc if you are self isolating.  We have had news from Barton Family Practice too and are highlighting those groups that easing out of lockdown such as the Gardening Guild and the Tennis Club. When the builders have finished repairing the drain on the north side of the tower, we will be opening the church for private prayer. Look at our Facebook page or website to learn more about that.