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Weekly Update – 11th July 2020

11 July 2020 08:55

– from Revd Emma.   

Dear friends, 

This is a very quick update from me this week – somehow time has disappeared this week!!

Summer Church - Worship @Home and @Church:

Hopefully, you all received the additional email last week which included this poster for our Summer Church services @Home and @Church.  Each week I will simply highlight the forthcoming services - see below:

Worship @Home:  

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

  • This weekend 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 
  • Next Sunday 19th July at 10am there will be a short act of worship including hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short reflection from Peter Mitchell, our Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

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

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

There is also the opportunity to join with a Eucharist service from the Diocese:  

  • Diocesan Morning Eucharist, Sunday 12th July at 9am.  Join with senior Diocesan staff who will lead worship 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

Worship @Church:

  • Tomorrow 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.
  • Next Sunday 19th July 10am at All Saints.  This will be our second week back in church for those able to make it.  This again will be a simple Communion Service including confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short reflection. 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 after the service to talk and share.  
  • Then on Sunday 19th July at 7pm we welcome you to bring your own supper and drink to our church garden.  There will be opportunity to chat and share, before sharing in a simple service of Evening Prayer (also known as Compline).  This is a gentle, reflective, quiet service rooted in Scripture and prayer and a wonderful way to end the day.  If the weather is wet this service will be cancelled – but early weather reports look good…

PCC Thursday 16th July 2020

This Thursday the PCC meets virtually by Microsoft Teams.  Do be praying for this meeting as we continue to plan, prepare, and think ahead – and begin to consider what the future might look like for us as God’s people in this place at this time.

Part-time re-opening of the Parish Office 

This week it has been lovely to welcome Claire Holland, our Parish Administrator back after many weeks of furlough.  Presently Claire is still on part-time furlough, which means the Parish Office will be open for telephone and email enquiries on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning only.  

It is great to have Claire back and working alongside our team.  

Finally

I say this each week – but I genuinely mean it, if at any point you have questions about Summer Church services, 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.  At times I am out, but if you leave a message, I will return your call as soon as I can.  

Please be assured of my continued prayers as we continue to travel through uncertain and ever-changing time, but I want to end with this great, amazing Gospel truth: 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’    Romans 8:1 

You see this truth remains and will stand true no matter what happens in our lives or in the world around us… For those who have trusted in Christ Jesus, we are free, we are healed, we are saved!  Amen.

Every blessing,   

Emma          

Revd. Emma Racklyeft - Vicar at All Saints, Denmead