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Weekly Update – Sunday 28th June

27 June 2020 17:55

 – from Revd Emma 

Dear friends, 

Here is the latest news from All Saints:

Re-opening of churches for public worship

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday that churches can re-open for public worship from July 4th. This is great news; however, we are still awaiting clarification from the government about the detailed guidelines.  There are several issues unresolved and this means All Saints cannot finalise plans for re-opening yet. Once the national Church has received them, it can revise its guidance about public worship, Communion, Weddings and Funerals etc. and we can start a detailed risk assessment preparing All Saints for public worship. We expect to receive guidance early this week, so hopefully we can start to plan ready to re-open for the 12th July.  It’s essential that our re-opening for public worship provides a welcome that is safe, secure and hygienic for the wellbeing of our congregations and communities.  So, watch this space… we will let you know more details next week.

All Saints is open for private prayer!

Do remember that currently All Saints is open every Wednesday between 10am -12 noon and again on Saturday between 12 noon – 2pm for private prayer.  You are welcome to visit the church and enjoy the building for quiet reflection and prayer.  We will be limiting the number of individuals in the building at any time (maximum of 8 people) and have introduced several measures to make sure social distancing is observed, and good hygiene practices kept.  We will also be implementing a thorough cleaning process to ensure furniture and points of contact are kept clean and safe.  There will always be a couple of ‘supervisors’ present to say hello and help with any queries.  

Online Services:  

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

  • Diocesan Morning Eucharist, Sunday 28th June at 9am.  Join with Bishop Christopher and Revd Sally Davenport who will lead worship from their home, with others from around the diocese.  This Eucharistic service will include hymns, readings and prayers. It will be live on the Diocese's Youtube channel ( ) and Facebook page ( 

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

  • Today 28th June 10am Third Sunday after Trinity there will be a short act of worship, including hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short reflection from Revd Canon David Power, one of our retired clergy.  We will be continuing in our teaching series based in the book of Romans.  
  • On Sunday 5th July at 10am there will be a short act of worship including hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short reflection.  This service will also include Communion – so do be ready to join in from home.    

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

Jack Williams - our new Curate

Next Saturday, the 4th of July should have been the date that Jack Williams, our new Curate was Ordained as Deacon in this Diocese and commissioned to serve in our Parish.  Very sadly this cannot go ahead as planned.  Instead, in a special Zoom service, Jack will be licensed as a Lay Minister for our parish by Bishop Christopher.  This service will be live streamed, so if you would like to watch from home, please visit the Diocese of Portsmouth Facebook page where there will be a video link.   

Please be praying for Jack as he prepares to begin his ministry in Denmead.  Jack, as mentioned above, won’t be ordained at first (that hopefully will come later in the Autumn term) and so in some ways this will limit his initial ministry, however, it will also present all sorts of new, exciting possibilities and I know Jack is really looking forward to getting to know us.   

Jack will slowly begin by getting involved with our online services, streaming morning prayer each day, and with services in church as they slowly return.  He will also begin with visiting and pastoral contacts, slowly getting to know us all.  And of course, as things begin to return to some form of a ‘new normal’ – Jack will be involved in all sorts! 

This week Jack and I will also be recording a short interview – a kind of getting to know you video clip, that I will post on our Facebook page and website next weekend, so do watch out for that. 

Meanwhile please be praying for Jack, and for his family, Charley, his wife, and Caleb their son.  Please pray that at this special time, they will know God’s peace, power and presence with them. 

Cancellation of DABS 2020 (Denmead Activities Bible School)

Amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, with restrictions around large gatherings and the requirement for social distancing, the DABS committee has sadly made the decision to cancel this year’s DABS week. It has been a particularly hard and difficult decision for the committee as this year would have marked our 40th year and plans were underway to celebrate the occasion in great style. We appreciate that many people will be disappointed, as we all are, but with great uncertainty about future restrictions, and the unknown nature of this pandemic, we had to decide before we incurred any further additional costs.

We do, however, still hope and plan to celebrate our 40th DABS in August 2021.  Please pray that DABS will be able to go ahead next year.  The theme will be ‘The Champions’ based around the Olympics, and we look forward to confirming dates as soon as we can. Please keep an eye on the All Saints website or Facebook page for further details. 

As a committee we are praying for all families in our community; stay safe and well, and we will see you soon.

Tina Cottam on behalf of the DABS committee and All Saints, Denmead.


Finally, as I close, if at any point you have questions about our building re-opening, or you have a prayer request, or would just like a friendly chat, please do ring me at the Vicarage on 9226 2647. If possible, I may be able to arrange a visit either in the church garden, or indeed to your garden if you wish.  

With love and every blessing in Christ,  


Revd. Emma Racklyeft

Vicar at All Saints, Denmead