Weekly Update – Saturday 8th August 2020
from Revd Emma.
Greetings to you on a scorching summer weekend.
Face Masks in Church:
This weekend face masks are now a mandatory requirement for all who attend church for services on a Sunday or private prayer during the week, or to a wedding, funeral, baptism or any other activity. Children aged 11 and under are excluded, and those who have medical conditions that affect their breathing or ability to hear clearly.
However, in a final change to legislation the priest/leader (and those who read or lead prayers from the front) can do so without wearing a face mask if they are more than 2m away from the congregation. For us, this change should make it easier for members of the congregation to follow the lip movement and expression of those talking and leading.
Again, a reminder that face masks are not required for outdoor worship if social distancing is followed. So, joining us for an outdoor service may be a good option during the warmer summer weeks.
Online services from All Saints this Sunday and next week are as follows:
- This Sunday 9th August at 10am there will be a short act of worship including hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible reading, and a short sermon based on Romans 10.
- Next Sunday 16th August again at 10 am there will be a short act of worship with hymns and songs, confession, prayers, Bible readings, and a short reflection on Romans 11 by Peter Mitchell, our Licensed Lay Minister.
There is also the opportunity to join with a Eucharist service from the Diocese:
Diocesan Morning Eucharist, Sunday 9th August 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
- Tomorrow Sunday 9th August 10am. 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. FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN AT THIS SERVICE.
- EXTRA SERVICE Sunday 9th August at 7.00pm you are welcome to bring your own supper and drink to our church garden. There will be opportunity to chat and enjoy time together, 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 a very hot weekend! No face masks required.
- Next Sunday 16th August at 8am. This will be our first week of a traditional, said BCP (Book of Common Prayer) Communion Service. For this service we will be introducing individual service booklets, one per household or individual, which will be stored in wallets and not touched by anyone else. FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN AT THIS SERVICE.
- Sunday 16th August at 12 noon. You are very welcome to come and gather in the church garden for a simple Picnic Communion Service. The idea is you come with your picnic, food and drink, and we will eat and chat together, but we will also share in a simple Communion service. Now, this service will be fairly short and simple, and will be suitable for all ages. To one side of our garden we will set up a little area with activities suitable for children. And as we are outside you will not have to wear a face mask during the service.
I say this each week – and I will keep saying it, if at any point you have questions about Summer Church, 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.
With every blessing,
Revd. Emma Racklyeft - Vicar at All Saints, Denmead