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Weekly Update – 12th September 2020

11 September 2020 19:38

from Revd Emma.    

Hello everyone, 

There are several things I wanted to bring to your attention this week.  

Autumn Church at All Saints

This Sunday is the last week of Summer Church.  From Sunday 20th September we move into the next season of Autumn Church - a slightly different phase in which we will be offering more extensive opportunities for worship.   

For the foreseeable future, we are committed to providing an online service each week at 10am (available on our website or Facebook) for those worshipping from home for one reason or another.  Once a month this service will include Communion. 

For those who can, there will be an 8am, traditional BCP service and a 10am simple, said Communion service every week at church.  At these services there will be the requirement to wear a face mask, keep a safe distance, sanitise hands etc.

Now, at the 8am service we still have plenty of room each week; we are not close to reaching our maximum number, so those who attend the 8am Service should be able to attend each week, if they wish.   

However, at the 10am Service we do not have much space with our current restrictions to fit everyone in, every week… we wish this was different – but we must keep this service safe and secure for all who come.   

And so, I am asking that if 10am is the service you would like to attend please only come twice a month.  If we can all do this it should, we hope, self-regulate and give us enough flexibility to gather safely.  If we find this does not work, we will have to start a booking system which will have strict limits.  Now, we’re trying to avoid this, so please as part of our love and care for each other, please can you only come twice a month to the 10am service – you can choose which weeks these are, please come the weeks that fit you best.  You’ll notice there is one week, Harvest 4th October where we have made provision for our Youth Explorers to meet as a group, and for younger children there will be activity packs available in church for them to enjoy.  

As far as we can, we will keep the content the same – so at the 8am, 10am Services @Church and @Home, for the online service, the readings, the sermon, etc will be the same.  If you have any questions, please do get in touch.  

Our plan for the next six weeks of worship services is now finalised, please see the attached poster at the end of this update.  It is also available on our website  and Facebook page:  

Because the national picture keeps changing presently, we will hold off publishing plans for November and December for a few more weeks.  Inevitably, we may have to change our current plans, so will not release them prematurely.  It is safe to say that Remembrance, Advent and Christmas will be very different this year to previous years!

The Big Poppy Stitch-Up!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has been busy knitting and crocheting poppies during lockdown and the summer months as part of The Big Poppy Knit.  We have now received over 900 poppies – a truly, amazing effort.  If anyone still has completed poppies at home, please can I ask you to drop them ASAP to the Vicarage front door, or on a Tues, Weds and Fri morning you can drop them off at the Church Office.  

Now that we have collected such a vast number we need to start work on putting this display together.  So, I have arranged four Covid safe working sessions at our church hall to complete this work.  Please come and join in for as long as you can.  Each volunteer will be given their own area to work on, safely spaced from others.  We will ask you to sanitise your hands before and after and wear a face mask while present.  Each volunteer will have a small number of poppies to sew onto the hessian background.  With lots of us working together we should soon be able to create an amazing display ready to hang from our church porchway.  I am sure it will look amazing and be a real visual reminder to the wider community this Remembrance – particularly this year when we will not be able to meet in any large social gathering.

So please come and join me for the The Big Poppy Stitch Up! – the sessions will run from the church hall on:

  • Monday 21st September at 10.30-12.30pm 
  • Tuesday 29th September at 7.00pm – 9.00pm 
  • Wednesday 7th October 1.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 15th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm

If you have a strong, metal tapestry needle bring that with you to use.  You are also welcome to bring your own flask of coffee/tea as we cannot safely serve refreshments.

Church Office Closure

The church office will be closed for this week only as our Parish Administrator, Claire in on annual leave.  However, email and phone enquiries will still be picked up by myself.

Church Office new hours

From Monday 21st September the Church Office hours will change.  We are still only open for phone and email enquiries but are now able to open for a little longer than before. New office times are:

Monday: 12.00-4.00pm

Tuesday: 9.00am-1.00pm

Thursday: 9.00am-12.00pm

Friday: 9.00am-12.00pm

Recycling at Denmead Scouts

Finally, I just wanted to highlight the wonderful new recycling centre that the Scouts have set up at their main scout hut on the corner of Tanners Lane and Kidmore Lane.  Here you can leave all sorts of everyday items. Please see advert below.  These items are then sent to regional recycling centres and either recycled or reused.  

It remains a privilege and a joy to serve in Denmead as your Vicar and to chat with you as I am out and about in the village; please remember that I am always available for a deeper conversation if you need to – just call the Vicarage on 9226 2647.  If I am out, please do leave a message and I will return your call. 

With every blessing, 


Revd. Emma Racklyeft - Vicar at All Saints Denmead 023 9226 2647