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Weekly Update – Saturday 4th July 2020

04 July 2020 11:17

– from Revd Emma 

Dear friends, 

I hope you are all well at this time.  Here is the latest news from All Saints:

Summer Church - Worship @Home and @Church:

This Thursday we, that is the Churchwardens and I, received final, clear guidance and instruction from the Government and the Church of England detailing what we can and cannot offer in church at this time.  There have been vast documents to read and digest, but from it all we have now worked out a safe way to re-open our building for worship.  We also contacted as many of you as possible this week to ascertain who might plan to return to church for worship soon, and those who, for one reason or another, plan to remain worshipping at home.  We are incredibly grateful for your response as this has allowed us to plan worship for both home and church for the summer weeks.  

Worship @Home:

The first thing we wish to stress is we will continue to offer our own on-line service each Sunday at 10am on our website or Facebook page.  We will continue to do this for the foreseeable future so that you can worship remotely from your homes.  These will run pretty much as they have done in recent weeks – a mix of hymns/songs and will always include Bible readings, prayers, a reflection.  Once a month Holy Communion will also be included.  

(This will happen every week – apart from the last two Sundays of August when I am away on holiday – for these two weeks you will be encouraged to join the Diocesan on-line service!) 

Worship @Church:

Then beginning on the 12th of July we will be offering a mix of different services, some at 8am, some at 10am and some at 7pm - plus one lunchtime Communion Picnic!  The morning services will take place inside our church building.  There will be limited music as we cannot sing together, but all the other main elements will be included.  The evening services we hope will take place in the garden if warm enough – but if not, we will transfer into our church hall.  All services will maintain social distancing and hygiene practices according to Government and Church of England guidelines. 

(Again, over the last two weeks of August as I am away, we will offer a simple service in church on the 23rd August at 10am but not on the 30th)

We will yet publish a full schedule of services (we are just still tidying up the details at the moment) but each week in this update I will continue to share details for the following two weeks as a reminder.  

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.  

Worship @Home:  

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

  • Diocesan Morning Eucharist, Sunday 5th July 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 (www.youtube.com/portsmouthdiocese ) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CofEPortsmouth 

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

  • This weekend 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.   
  • Next Sunday 12th July at 10am there will be a short act of worship including hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short reflection.  

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

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

Worship @Church:
  • Next Sunday 12th July 10am at All Saints. This will be our first public act of worship inside our church building since lock-down began.  This service will include confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short reflection.  This service will also include Communion.  As the service ends, we will ask you to leave the building.  However, you are welcome to bring your own flask of tea or coffee, plus a snack, and maintaining small groups, gather in our large church garden to talk and share.  This will be Jack Williams first service with us.

Jack Williams - our new Curate

Today… Saturday 4th July 2020 at 11am Jack Williams our new Curate will be licensed by Bishop Christopher as a Licenced Lay Worker for our parish in a special online service!

This service will be streamed and there is a service booklet available for you to download so you can join in from home.  Please see Diocesan website below to find the links to the service and the booklet:

www.portsmouth.anglican.org/events/2020/07/04/livestream-ordination-deacons/ 

Meanwhile on our Facebook page there is a short video Jack and I put together to introduce him to you all. 

Over future weeks and months Jack and his family will be settling in with us, getting to know us, and bit by bit Jack will get involved with our worship services both at home and at church.  Hopefully before too much longer you will get the chance to meet Jack in person!  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. 

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,  

Emma          

Revd. Emma Racklyeft - Vicar at All Saints, Denmead