Welcome to the Benefice of Abbotsbury, Portesham
and Langton Herring
10 January 2021 Baptism of Christ/First Sunday after Epiphany
PLEASE NOTE THAT SERVICES IN CHURCH ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
Thank you all for your support during the past year, in what has been and still continues to be a challenging time. The decision to suspend live worship and go ‘online’ was taken by me, the churchwardens and PCC members, with the full support of Bishop Nicholas. Our churches remain open on the usual days for private prayer (see next column); however, with the new strain of Covid-19 which appears to be sweeping through our country, please, please adhere to the Covid precautions that are in place for your safety.
I am continuing to record services, and I hope you find some comfort in hearing the Word of God.
Today’s 11am service of Holy Communion will be on Zoom. Please contact Margaret (873978 or [email protected]) if you haven’t yet received the link.
The service will also be on YouTube from 10am:
Reading: Mark 1 vv4–11. The full text and the Reflection follow on separate sheets.
Collect: Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Compline on Zoom will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 January. If you haven’t received the link by that afternoon, please contact Margaret (details above).
Church opening times for private prayer: St Peter’s, Portesham, is open on Wednesdays from 11am to 3.30pm and on Sundays from midday to c4pm; St Peter’s, Langton Herring, on Wednesdays from midday to 3pm and on Sundays from midday to c4pm; St Nicholas’s, Abbotsbury, on Wednesdays from 4 to 6pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 4.30pm. A map of the route to be followed in each church is in place; all spaces not open to people praying have been taped off. Hand sanitiser and wipes are provided, and there are pedal bins for disposing of the latter.
Local Prayer Spaces
These spaces, which aim to provide an alternative place for private prayer when the church is closed, will continue for the time being. Margaret has put a rough cross behind the bench in the south of Portesham churchyard; the Langton space is to the right as you enter the churchyard, by the wall adjoining The Elm Tree pub. Abbotsbury’s churchyard has several suitable benches.
Several sets of prayers for home worship are available free: ‘Prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak’ and ‘Time to Pray’ are from Church House, www.chpublishing.co.uk; ‘Pray As You Go’ is from https://pray-as-you-go.org/ . There are many more resources from www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/ church-online. There is also Salisbury Diocese’s website for prayer, www.hopespaces.com .
Please remember in your prayers: Austen Andrews; Stephen Bennett; Emma Gale; Margaret Hamilton; Madeleine Mansell; Pat Perry; Dave; Gill; John; Katrina; Mark; Shirley; Sue. Remember too all who are finding life hard at present and in the long term.
In memoriam: Maureen Pickering, who died in DCH on Thursday evening.
If you wish to have a name included here, contact Margaret (details above) or Laura (871612 or [email protected]) by Wednesday 13 January.
Thank you very much to everyone who has been contributing; we know that the need remains urgent. John Mason is writing a report on the Portland Foodbank’s Christmas activities for the February Chesil magazine.
At present these specific items are required:
Tinned meat (priority)
Tins of fish, fruit and vegetables
Portesham collecting box is outside the Vicarage front door (the green recycling bin). John usually collects donations at 5pm on Thursdays, so please make sure anything perishable has been delivered by then/ At present Abbotsbury has no collection point, so please take contributions to Portesham.
Financial gifts via the Foodbank’s bank account, whether one-offs or standing orders, are also always welcome:
Name: Churches Together on Portland
Sort code: 30-99-56
A/c no: 02119255
Ref: Foodbank donation
Langton Herring collects for the Weymouth Foodbank. Donations may be left in the church porch at any time.</div>