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Covid-19  Update

 

Saturday November 26th

 

Services in Church resume on December 6th

Advent special this Sunday

Sits Vac – can you fill a gap for us?

 

Dear Friends,

The current lock-down will end next week and our services in church will resume on December 6th, whatever tier we are in.  The latest Benefice Diary is updated to reflect this and includes our Christmas Services.

Click this link to see the latest Diary

 

You are welcome to join us in church again from December 6th. A reminder that you will be asked to sign in, sanitise, wear masks, remain socially-distant and follow any one-way system in operation! Risk Assessments have been published in relation to any building you may wish to visit.

Click this link for our Risk Assessments

 

This Sunday is Advent Sunday when we begin an unusual season of preparation for very unusual Christmas. We shall mark each Sunday by lighting an Advent wreath. This Sunday, as a bonus for those who would like to join us early, we are screening a video explaining the Advent wreath at 10.45am. This will finish by 10.55am and you can join us as usual for the 11.00am service if you prefer.

 

If you are planning to come at Christmas, please let us know. We can then try to set aside the right seating for you or your family group. The Christmas Eve Communion will be at Lower Swell at 10.30pm. There will be Christmas Morning Communions at 9.30am in Condicote and 12.00 noon in Stow. Please ring Chris Wynn for Condicote – 830389; Jolyon Grey for Lower Swell – 830204; and Bernice Magson for Stow – 833840.

 

We are grateful to everyone who helps keep our churches going. There are a couple of key vacancies in the team at Stow at present. If you can count and bank cash, or wash and iron altar linen, I’d love to hear from you. You can ring me on 830607. It is always lovely to hear from you in any case!

 

For some weeks we have been looking for illumination from various significant Christians over the centuries. Before we break for Christmas, on Wednesday December 2nd we will be looking at St Teresa of Avila and how she lived out what she believed. The following week, December 9th, we will look at John Milton, the author of 'Paradise Lost' which some of us remember from school days! Join us on-line for either or both of these Luminaries at 7.30pm.

Click this link to join the Luminaries on-line discussion

 

As we move into this unusual Advent season, there is a new Rector’s Reflection.

Click here to listen to the Rector’s Reflection

 

The next planned Update will be leading up to Saturday December 19th.

With my best wishes and prayers. Stay safe.

 

Martin 


 

Benefice Diary

 

Please click on this link to see the Benefice Diary for coming weeks.

 

Click here for the latest Benefice Diary

 

 

Zoom

 

Everyone is welcome to join our Sunday Service and other Zoom gatherings with one click on a link. These are listed below.

 

Every Sunday  - same link every week!

11.00am

We share in our Sunday Service at home, to join us from 10.45 on Sunday for an 11.00am start, please click on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87828817780

You can download the service in advance from:

https://www.scats.org.uk/this-weeks-service-to-download/

 

 

Other Zoom meetings

 

Wednesdays at 7.30pm till December 9th

Luminaries

Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian way by Rowan Williams

 

Each week we will look at a different person who, in Dr Williams’ view, shed light on how we can live out our faith today.  They are a diverse bunch; some of their contributions are easy to grasp, some less so. We will be guided to discover together how their insights lit the way both in their own day and now.

We are looking at ten Luminaries in the run up to Christmas.  When we resume in the New Year, there will be ten more lives to look at.

Because each evening is looks at just one person, it is complete in itself. You can join in whenever you are able to, or if you have a particular interest in that week’s person.

We will be on a varied and interesting weekly journey!  To join us please click on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82761724732

I can supply copies of Dr Williams’ book in hardback at the discounted price of £10.00. If you would like one, please email martin@stowrectory.org.uk

 

Every Thursday - Listening to God

9.25am - 10.00 am

To join this Zoom Meeting please click on

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84773599950

 

 

Covid -19 FAQs

Please click on this link to see the latest national FAQ guidance on church related aspects of Covid-19

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#faqs

 

 

Please visit this page regularly.

It will be updated as things change.