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Weekly Update – 7th June 2020

06 June 2020 18:00

– from Revd Emma.  

Dear friends, 

I do hope you are all well at this time.  This Sunday marks twelve weeks since we were instructed to suspend all services, events, groups, and activities at All Saints, Denmead – and for the moment that is the way we must remain for everyone’s safety and well-being.  

However, we are beginning to receive some early guidance from the Church of England which will allow myself, our Churchwardens Steve and Amanda, and the PCC to begin to plan and prepare for the next phase of church life.   As yet, we do not have any indication from Government about the timing and pace of the recovery of use of church buildings.  It will of course be very welcome – but it will also be very demanding and require significant changes on our behalf.  We certainly will not be returning to ‘normal’ services as they were a few months ago, and other activities and community groups may not be able to recommence for quite some time.  As things begin to change, I will of course keep us all up to date. 

Online Services –  

Firstly, a Eucharist service from the Diocese you may like to view this Trinity Sunday:  

  • Diocesan Morning Eucharist, Sunday 31st May at 9am.  Join with Bishop Christopher and team for a Eucharist service that will include hymns, gospel readings and prayers of intercession.  

It will be live on the Diocese's Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/portsmouthdiocese ) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CofEPortsmouth) 

Services from All Saints this Sunday and next week are as follows:

  • Today 7th June 10am Trinity Sunday there will be a short act of worship including a focus on the five Mission Partners we support at All Saints.  
  • Also, for Sunday 7th June we have set up a link on our website to a written Taizé Service focussed on the Trinity, prepared by Revd David Lindsay and Revd Anne Lindsay.  This service will provide the readings and text needed, along with links to YouTube videos for the Taizé chants so you can join in at home. 
  • On Sunday 14th June at 10am there will be a short act of worship including hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible reading, and short reflection. We will be starting a new series in the book of Romans.  

These services are available either on our Facebook page, or on our website:

www.allsaintsdenmead.org.uk and www.facebook.com/allsaintsdenmead 

Free dial-in worship line:

And don’t forget Daily Hope for those who are unable to access on-line services.  This line is 24 hours a day and offers more than one million minutes of audio material, including readings, prayers, and reflections.

Wider Team at All Saints 

Sadly, the demand for work in our Parish Office has continued to decrease in recent weeks and so for now we have furloughed Claire Holland our Parish Administrator.  You are still welcome to use the parish email, but it will now be me checking and responding to enquiries.   We have also furloughed our cleaner Lisa Martin for the foreseeable future.  

Lewis Jones our Youth and Family Community Leader continues to work from home and has been remarkably busy producing song times, stories, activities, crafts, a Messy Church session and much more - they are a delight to watch!  These have all been shared on our Little Stars and Messy Church Facebook pages.   Lewis has also been hosting fortnightly Youth Explorer sessions to maintain contact and support our 11-18 year olds.  

This week it was also a great joy to welcome to the Vicarage garden Lewis, Sophie, Kalani and baby Jasmine.  This allowed us to present them with the gifts we had collected.  We gave them some flowers, toys for both girls, and some baby clothing for Jasmine as well as a monetary gift of £175.  Lewis, Sophie, Kalani and Jasmine were thrilled and send a ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to you all for your generosity, love and prayers at this time.

Peter Mitchell our Lay Minister (Reader) again based at home, continues to contribute to ministry where possible.  I am incredibly grateful to Peter for the reflections he writes for our website, and for contributing to our online worship.  It is great to have his support and wisdom. 

As for our Retired Clergy, David and Anne Lindsay, Stuart Cleaver, John Byrne, David and Jeanette Power they are well and safe.  For the moment, the clear directive from our Bishop is that they should stay at home and not engage in public worship.  However, I have been keen to keep them involved and so they’ve been sharing reflections, helping me with Morning Prayer, and contributing to our online worship.  Again, I am grateful to them for their continued, albeit limited, ministry.  I know that they are faithfully praying for us all during this time. 

And with great delight I announce on behalf of Bishop Christopher that Revd. David Lindsay has been made a ‘Canon of Honour of Portsmouth Cathedral’.  

The installation at the Cathedral will not be able to take place for quite some time, so as from Sunday 7th June, David is officially Revd. Canon D. Lindsay – hurrah and congratulations to David!

Finally, one last jolly community initiative is the recent development of a Covid-19 snake in the grounds of All Saints church…!  Let me explain: 

The community group Denmead Rocks encourages children and their families to decorate rocks/stones and hide them around the village for others to find, and then re-hide.  This initiative has been underway for more than a year and many of our local families engage with it – in fact they have their own Facebook page - www.facebook.com/groups/826361030889270

Well members of Denmead Rocks had noticed that other communities were developing ‘snakes’ during the Covid-19 Pandemic in community grounds, and so members approached me asking if we could host a ‘snake’ in our garden – well my response was yes!  And so, for the next few weeks we are hosting the snake to see how long we can make it!  Can I encourage you to join in too; find a stone, decorate with paint/pens, and then fix using either a clear varnish or something similar and bring to our front garden and add to the snake.  

Here is the ‘snake’ on the 4th June… but I’m sure it will have grown more by the time I publish this update!

As I close, please be assured of my continued prayers and love during this period; at any point if you would like to chat or pray please ring me at the Vicarage on 9226 2647.

  

Emma          

Revd Emma Racklyeft

Vicar All Saints, Denmead