To know and love Jesus and to make his love known to all
Revd David warmly welcomes you to the parish church.
Sunday 9th August
‘After Jesus had dismissed the crowd he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray’. (Matthew 14.23)
For people with busy lives, and perhaps especially those whose work involves ministering to the needs of others, it’s essential to find time for yourself, to recharge the batteries, to think your own thoughts. Jesus was constantly surrounded by people coming to him for help and healing, and it was impossible to send them away. Often he would slip away to pray, and again and again the crowds would track him down and flock to him. On this particular day he had gone out into a deserted place to be alone, but found himself ministering to a crowd of 5000 needy people.
It is not always easy to get the balance right between our own needs and those of other people. We can only pray for wisdom and patience, in the knowledge that Jesus himself understands the problem.
Revd Rosemary Kobus van Wengen
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DATED 31st JULY 2020
The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August and has withdrawn guidance to permit indoor professional performances with immediate effect. We will study detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and will update our guidance accordingly.
In the meantime, we continue to strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.
Last updated: Friday 31 July at 15:35
Open for worship.
(Update: 25/7/20)Wearing of face masks:The latest Guidelines from the CoE were issued in our Diocese by Bishop Rose on the 23rd July. There are two Q&A's to draw to your attention:1. Q. Should I wear a face covering in a church building?
A. Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24 July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship.
We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.It then goes on:3. Q. Why should we wear face coverings?
A. Coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread predominantly by droplets and perhaps aerosols from coughs, sneezes and speaking. The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others. Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.It became mandatory to wear a face covering in shops in England from the 24th July; it has been mandatory on public transport for some time. No one will be barred from coming into church if they are not wearing a face covering; it is your choice. This is however the first time the CoE has, to my knowledge, used the expression, "We strongly advise" in their Guidelines, so I simply ask you to consider the advice for yourself and for others. (Disposable face coverings are available at church as you enter.)As the wearing of face coverings is for the "protection of others", it would seem pastorally insensitive if I, as the parish priest, did not. (The use of a face visor does not comply with the definition of a face covering in these new Guidelines - as it does not sit securely round the side of the face.) I will therefore be wearing a face mask at services from Sunday, and have asked the rest of the Ministry Leadership Team to do the same - at least when they are leading. I realise that this will cause upset for some who will consider it unnecessary, but for others it will allay their anxiety. The virus has not gone away. As we meet more people the risk of transmission is increased; hence the advice to wear a face covering in a building when other people are present.Revd David
Our service pattern has changed, but we are open and worshipping God together!
I encourage you - if you feel able - to come along to either of the services inthe benefice every Sunday. If you usually worship at the 10 o'clock, try the 8 o'clock if you want to stay in your church. But if prefer a particular type of service.....I encourage you to forget the parish boundary, and go to your other church! It is truly joyful and wonderful to be back worshipping God together.
We are worshipping, but it is not "back to normal"; there are many restrictions, and fewer services.
This alternating benefice pattern (8am in one parish church; 10am in the other parish church) will repeat throughout July and August. The "restrictions" are as follows:- Do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms- Everyone must hand sanitise on entry and exit- Everyone must 2m social distance at all times. "Households" or "social bubbles" can sit together.- Use alternate pews (Marked with "green tick" and "red cross")- A register of names of people attending is being kept for 21 days- If someone is in the "70+" or another "vulnerable, at risk" group, they are advised not to come to church. But it is your choice; you will be very welcome if you do come. (But as part of the Government guidelines we have to advise of the increased risk in an indoor public gathering.)- Organ music, but no hymns, at the 10 o'clock service- Communion distribution (wafer only) standing at the chancel step; plus one-way system to return. (Only the priest to receive the wine.)- Service Booklet to basket when leave. These will be quarantined for at least 48hrs.- No refreshments or fellowship time after the service, in church nor in the churchyard.- Exit: St. George's - north and west doors; St. Nicholas - west door.- Numbers will also be limited. (We estimate that St. George's can seat 60 people in "households" and St. Nicholas 40 at the 2m social distance.)- A video recording will be made of the live 10 o'clock service; this will be available on YouTube later. (Due to holidays the next recorded service will be the 16th August.).- The church bells will be rung for 15 minutes before the 10 o'clock service.The Risk Assessment is available on the website, should you wish to read the detail. This will be reviewed and amended as new Guidelines are released.Revd David
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Church open for individual private prayer
GREAT NEWS! St. George's is open..... for individual private prayer, from 9am to 5pm. Please:
- hand sanitise on entry and exit
- maintain social distancing if someone else is in the church for prayer
- do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms
If you wish to read some scripture when you come to church for private prayer, please bring your Bible with you.
I will continue the Daily Office of Morning Prayer, at 8 o'clock, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at St. George's. (Tuesday at the Mission Church.) You are very welcome to join me if you wish.
RESOURCES for prayer, bible reading and reflection
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
With love, Revd David
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“Services” and Prayer:
St. George's Church is open every day for individual private prayer. Please make use of the beautiful space for some quiet time with God.
If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
Benefice Services in August:
2nd 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George's
9th 8am St. George's; 10am St. Nicholas
16th 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George's
23rd 8am St. George's; 10am St. Nicholas
30th 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George's
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now is still a time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we are getting through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
With love, David