Church of England Diocese of Chichester Goring

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10 Jul 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Latest news from the Parish of Goring by Sea. 8th. July 2020.

Thanks be to God that some of us in the Parish can return to worship at St Mary’s this Sunday and

that St Mary’s Church will be open for prayer every day from Monday 13th. July 10 am to 3 pm:

Services this Sunday

09.00 Said Eucharist. Book of Common Prayer.

11.00 Said Eucharist. Common Worship. (This service will also be live streamed via Facebook)

It is our desire to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend a service. It has come to our notice that

some of you are being extremely British, very selfless and holding back from registering for a service, so that <span style="font-size: 1rem;">others can attend. You don’t need to do this. We only ask that you register so that we can ensure social </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">distancing in church, therefore restricting numbers at any one service. We calculated that at present two </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">services would probably be sufficient, especially as a number of people are still shielding. If numbers exceed </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">the capacity we will put on an additional service. So please do not hold back from registering.</span>

Unfortunately at the moment we will have to ask you to register each week, this is partly because we have <span style="font-size: 1rem;">to keep a register of names for 21 days but also because the last thing we want to do is turn any one away.</span>

As things settle a little we will find an easier way of managing this. You can register by email to <span style="font-size: 1rem;">[email protected] or if you do not have e-mail by telephoning the Parish Office 01903 709163 </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">and leaving a voicemail message. You will receive confirmation that you are registered for the service.</span>

Arrangements for attending worship at St. Mary’s.

The church will open 15 minutes before each service; please do not arrive too early especially if the weather <span style="font-size: 1rem;">is inclement. When you arrive you may have to queue for a couple of minutes to allow people to use the </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">sanitiser provided on entrance to the church. A sides person or warden will greet you on arrival and after </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">cleansing your hands you will be shown to a seat. To ease the required cleaning after every service we ask </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">that you remain in this seat, until the end of the service, with the exception of going to the chancel steps to </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">receive communion, to read a lesson or say the intercessions. Social distancing (2 metres/ 6 feet) must be </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">adhered to at all times.</span>

Communion will be given in one kind and arrangements for receiving communion will be explained at the <span style="font-size: 1rem;">start of the service. There will be an order of service placed on your seat; this is your personal copy to take </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">away and to bring to future services. When you attend for any service for the first time an order of service </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">will be provided for you. As you know singing, chanting and playing of brass or woodwind instruments are </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">not permitted at present, but we will have piano or organ music at the 11.00 am service.</span>

For your own safety and to enable cleaning to take place, please leave the church building immediately after <span style="font-size: 1rem;">the service. The church grounds particularly the hall gardens and the Bible garden provide lovely spaces to </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">meet, however remember to keep a social distance of 2metres/6 feet.</span>

To maintain our services and keep the church open for prayer, we would still welcome more <span style="font-size: 1rem;">volunteers to help. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">This would require about 1 hour of your time (maximum - the more volunteers the less time) at any one </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">session to clean and wipe down.</span>

As well as the “daily sanitisers” we also need volunteers for the fortnightly cleaning team. Sadly two <span style="font-size: 1rem;">stalwarts of this team have decided to hang up their dusters and now there are only four of us left. We are </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">very grateful for their dedicated service and wish them a happy retirement from pushing round the vacuum </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">cleaner). This is a heartfelt plea and if you value our lovely place of worship, please offer your help.</span>

If you can help please e-mail the parish office [email protected] saying that you would like to <span style="font-size: 1rem;">help, and how often you would be able to help. (e.g. once/twice/more a week, once/twice/more a month, </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">occasionally etc. and preference for which day(s) of the week).</span>

Online services this week

The Wedding of Sylvia Jarrett to Roger Walker. Saturday 11th July at 2.00pm.

The Eucharist on Sunday at 11.00 a.m.

Compline (Night Prayer) on Wednesday evenings at 8.00 pm.

The above services will be streamed live

Thursday Morning Prayer will be held at 10.00am via Zoom. Meeting ID: 955 2642 8233 Password: 386017


We were delighted that the first service in St Mary’s since Lockdown was the beautiful wedding of twin sisters and <span style="font-size: 1rem;">former church members Camilla Fowlie to James Meyrick and Abigail Fowlie to Richard Barlow.</span>

Roger Walker and Sylvia Jarrett will be married in St Mary's on Saturday 11th July. Sadly, because of<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Government regulations, only immediate family are able to attend. However we plan to stream the service </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">via Facebook. Roger and Sylvia will be holding a Celebration, to which everyone will be invited, when things </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">return to normal. We wish them a very happy and blessed day; please hold them in your prayers.</span>

Turning Tides

Turning Tides Lent Collection: A cheque for £234 will be on its way to Turning Tides very soon. We know <span style="font-size: 1rem;">several people also donated directly to Turning Tides on line. Thank you very much to all of you for your </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">donations.</span>

Pastoral visits

Please let Fr. Keith or the Wardens know if you have a personal pastoral concern or may know of somebody <span style="font-size: 1rem;">in need.</span>

God Bless, Gill, Janice, Ruth and Geoff.

The Parish of Goring by Sea: Working with God since 956 AD