Church Wardens’ Message No. 25 for the Second Sunday of Easter, 11 April 2021

Here is the twenty-fifth of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

We are sure that everyone who managed to join us in our churches and online, last Sunday, can only be overjoyed with the opportunity it gave us to get together once again albeit still wearing masks and distancing:

Frs John Twisleton, Mike Clark & David Young with Warden Arthur Franklin, Easter Day 2021.jpg
Frs John, Mike and David with church warden Arthur

The church looked wonderful with the floral displays (thanks to Gloria and her gallant team of helpers) and expertly “spruced-up” by Arthur and Co. The organ and choir were a joy to hear again live. We estimate that over 100 people joined us either in person or online via Facebook and we hope to welcome you all again next Sunday, when Father Stephen Terry will be presiding. He, like Father Ray, was a Police chaplain. Father Stephen was a parish priest in Hove before his retirement to Keymer.

So, therefore, to confirm our service timings, Sunday Eucharist services will continue, until further notice, at 9.00am for St Wilfrid’s and 10.30am for the Presentation. Whilst we will not be streaming Sunday services via ZOOM, we will be broadcasting the St Wilfrid’s services live on our Parish Facebook videos page, where older recordings can also be viewed:

St Wilfrid’s Parish Facebook videos and live streaming page

Our mid-week Wednesday Eucharists will continue, as present, to be ZOOMed, using our normal link at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers where you can even try your hand at solving Laura’s “Only Connect” brain teasers:

Wednesday morning Zoom link for 9.30am Eucharist and 10.15am get-together

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

As the year gets going and flowers start to re-appear, sadly weeding and the need to organise gardens comes around again. The Grounds Team at St Wilfrid’s do a wonderful job, as do Sally and a few helpers at the Presentation. However, Sally could benefit from a little more help, and if you could give half an hour or so to help out with tidying the grounds at the Presentation, she would love to hear from you. The wardens can let you know how to contact Sally if you would like to help.

As we are still streaming and under Covid restrictions, here are two PDF files to click on that you might find useful when either following our services on ZOOM or Facebook or attending our churches in person. The first PDF (to print out Portrait) is a simple collection of most of the service words we use: St Wilfrid’s Parish Online services – Eucharist April 2021.pdf 

The second PDF is here: St Wilfrid’s Church Holy Communion (Orange) Booklet April 2021.pdf 

It will enable you to make your own A4 service books like those we use on Sundays (the ORANGE BOOKS – short edge binding on double sided printing then folding and assembling). The PDF has one A4 page to print out (Landscape) for each side of the four sheets you will need (including the cover sheet, which we have prepared  black on white, to save your coloured inks).  Hope you find these files useful.

So, as we thank God that things are starting to return to normal, do remember still to keep safe – Covid has not yet disappeared.

God bless you: we hope to see you all again soon

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 24 for EASTER SUNDAY 4 April 2021

Here is the twenty-fourth of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

To begin, may we wish everyone a happy Easter in spite of the many continuing restrictions due to the Covid pandemic. As we slowly return to something that resembles normality, may we never forget the sufferings of the many victims and the distress caused to their families and loved ones, and the extraordinary efforts of the medical and caring professions to help them.

As you will be aware, we are opening up both our churches for services this coming Easter Sunday. Sadly, we will have to continue to insist on mask-wearing and social distancing but hope that at least being together rather than communicating via a computer screen will be a move in the right direction. Our Choir and Organist will be there to contribute to our worship but our congregations unfortunately are still not permitted to join in the singing.

Sunday Eucharist services, as on Easter Day, will continue, until further notice, at 9.00am for St Wilfrid’s and 10.30am for the Presentation. Whilst we will not be streaming Sunday services via ZOOM, we will be broadcasting the St Wilfrid’s services live on Facebook, where recordings can also be viewed here:

St Wilfrid’s Parish Facebook – Sunday Eucharists and all recorded services

Our mid-week Wednesday Eucharists will continue, as at present, to be ZOOMed using our normal link at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers:

 St Wilfrid’s Parish Zoom link to 9.30am Wednesday Eucharists, then chat at 10.15am

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

Talking of ZOOM, we hosted an ecumenical Stations of the Cross last Wednesday involving most of the local Haywards Heath churches. Following its success, we are hoping that further excursions into working together as a group of churches may be forthcoming. Our thanks go to Margaret, Sally and Father John for their contributions towards this experimental but inspirational and significant event.

Finally, we sincerely hope that many of you will be able to join us for our services this Sunday and for those of you who are able to attend Father Mike has asked us to share the following note with you…..

At our service on Easter Sunday we will begin with the congregation outside at the West Door (please no rain) and remember social distancing. I hope that all will do that but if you prefer to take your seat before then that is fine. On the way in please help yourself to a red book. These have not been used or touched for 2 years so all is well. At the end of the service just leave the book on your pew.

I will introduce the service at the West Door and prepare to light the candle from the new fire. After it is lit then I will lead a procession into church followed by the choir. and the congregation will follow keeping the necessary separation. I will sing “The light of Christ” at three points on the way to the stand for the Pascal Candle. The choir will sing the response ”Thanks be to God” each time because unfortunately the congregation cannot sing.

Once I have got to the Pascal Candle stand I will place it, and then waiting until all the congregation is in place I will give the Easter Greeting to which the response is “He is risen indeed, Alleluia”.

Roger will then sing the first part of the Exsultet, the ancient Easter hymn of praise. The service will then continue with the Gloria. 

Why all these detailed notes? This year is still very different in many ways, so we need to be clear about how we do what are familiar things.

There are two things that we need to keep in the foremost part of our mind as we gather to celebrate Easter:

When the Pascal Candle is lit, it is signifying that we are once again greeting the Risen Lord and placing Him at the first and centre as we process into church. 

Of secondary importance, but still ranking high, it is so fitting that as we return into our church after a very disruptive year we are doing so carrying the sign of Christ alive and present in the world into our church.

I hope and pray that our celebration will revitalise our faith and lead us forward into the next chapter of our church life together.

Lastly I would like to thank our churchwardens together with an unofficial one at the Presentation for all their hard work. We are very lucky to have them.

Mike

Finally, do keep safe and we hope that slowly we can start to bring together again our wonderful Church Family.

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No 23 for Palm Sunday 28 March 2021

Here is the twenty-third of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

These are the arrangements for Holy Week that starts on Sunday with an online Palm Sunday Eucharist. As we are preparing to re-open the church and celebrate Easter online as well as in our opened churches, the arrangements may seem complicated but “needs must”. Just to remind you, Gloria asked that donations towards the Easter flowers can be made by cheque (payable to St Wilfrid’s PCC) and posted into the Church Office by the Rectory. As we are sure you will be aware, social distancing, masks and registers etc will be necessary in the churches.

Saturday 27th March

The St Wilfrids Porch will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm for those who will be joining our online Palm Sunday congregation to collect an “unblessed” palm which will then be blessed during the service. For those who would prefer it, a number of “blessed” palms will then be available for collection in the churches when they are opened.

REMEMBER THE CLOCK GOES FORWARD OVERNIGHT!

Sunday 28th March Palm Sunday Eucharist (ZOOM and Facebook) – Fr Mike presides at an online service (ZOOM and Facebook) at 10.00am and he will bless palms as part of the service.

Monday 29th March 9.30am Eucharist – (ZOOM) Fr John

Tuesday 30th March 9.30am Eucharist – (ZOOM) – Fr Mike

Wednesday 31st March 9.30am Eucharist – (ZOOM) – Fr John

There will be no usual coffee gathering after this service as it will be followed by a very special Ecumenical Stations of the Cross that will include most of the churches in Haywards Heath. The usual ZOOM link will open at 10.15am and this special event will start at 10.30am but we will keep the link open for a while after the service to give an opportunity for everyone to meet and socialise online.

1st April Holy Thursday Eucharist 8.00pm (ZOOM)

Fr Mike presides and leads an (imaginative) service streamed from home

Following the service, the Reserved Sacrament will be left visible in a ciborium on the ZOOM link for a period of reflection and prayer.

2nd April Good Friday Service 2.00pmFr John presides at this very solemn occasion

4th April EASTER DAY EUCHARIST and re-opening of churches

St Wilfrid’s 9.00am (Facebook streaming only)

We will all gather (safely) outside the West door of St Wilfrid’s Church. The Easter fire will be kindled and the Pascal Candle carried into church ahead of a congregational procession, but some of you may, of course, take your (distanced) seats earlier if you so wish. The Easter Liturgy will follow.

The Easter Eucharist at the Presentation Church will be led by Father David at 10.30am.

Sunday 11th April Eucharist (Fr Stephen Terry Presides)

9.00am St Wilfrids (Facebook streaming only); 10.30am Presentation Church

Here is the usual ZOOM link that you can click on when we hope you can join us online:

Zoom link to St Wilfrid’s Parish Eucharists

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074   Passcode: Keepsafe

We also mirror (live) the Sunday Eucharist on our parish Facebook videos page where you can also view some previous services and other events such as our recent videoed school assemblies. The permanent link for this is:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/stwilfridshaywardsheath/videos/?ref=page_internal         

A reminder that you are very welcome to join St Richard’s ZOOM Lenten Stations of the Cross (Friday at 6.00pm)

St Richard’s Church Stations of the Cross, 6pm Fridays in Lent

Meeting ID: 822 5631 1387   Passcode: 480256

FINALLY, we would like, again, to let people know that work will hopefully start soon on some very necessary repairs to our wonderful church tower at St Wilfrid’s. An application to carry out the repairs has been lodged with the Diocese and we expect the Archdeacon to issue a Letter of Authority to commence work shortly. Details of the very necessary financial appeal will be circulated after Easter.

The Wardens can always be contacted via email wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk for matters such as wedding and baptism enquiry dates etc. Although the church is not open for these activities at present, they are recorded in the Church Diary so that we do not forget them.

So, hoping that we will see many of you in our churches on Easter Day, and also on screen during our streamed Holy Week programme of services.

God Bless and Keep Safe – Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 22 for Sunday 21 March 2021

Here is the twenty-second of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

What good news it is that we shall be opening our two churches up for services on Easter Day! St Wilfrid’s Easter Day Eucharist will be at 9.00am and the Presentation Church will be celebrating their Eucharist 10.30am. We are all looking forward to celebrating Easter Day together. Sadly, the normal Covid precautions will operate including name registers and social distancing. Our churches will be decorated with flowers as always, and Gloria has asked for donations towards the flowers and lilies (which can be made by cheque payable to St Wilfrid’s PCC and posted into the Church Office by the Rectory and marked “Flowers”). We know our flower arrangers are looking forward to displaying their excellent skills again!

Our musicians too will be pleased to know that the St Wilfrid’s piano is being tuned this Saturday! Like the organ, good instruments need to be played and we are looking forward to hearing Nic and Andrew playing again accompanied by members of our choir.

Presently, the Wardens and the Clergy Team are finalizing our Holy Week services that will be relayed via ZOOM and more details will follow next week. One new, exciting event is that we will be linking with other local churches in following The Stations of the Cross at 10.30am on Wednesday after our own 9.30am Eucharist. This is in response to a kind invitation from Revd Will and our Methodist friends and to show that Christians in Haywards Heath are ‘one body’ despite our different traditions. We will keep the link open after the event for our usual get together that will be open to everyone.

A reminder too that you are welcome to join St. Richard’s ZOOM Lenten Stations of the Cross (Fridays at 6.00pm)

St Richard’s Church: Stations of the Cross Friday evening services

Meeting ID: 822 5631 1387 Passcode: 480256

Of course, we are still using social media ourselves and here is the usual ZOOM link that you can click on to join our church services. We have almost managed to get the technology working properly for us!

Church ZOOM Links – Sunday 10.00am Eucharist, Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist (next week The Annunciation) and weekly Wednesday 10.15am online “get together”.

St Wilfrid’s Parish Eucharists via Zoom  

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074    Passcode: Keepsafe

We also mirror (live) the Sunday Eucharist on our Facebook videos page where previous services are also available and other events like our recent videoed school assembly are stored. It’s here:

St Wilfrid’s Parish Facebook live-streaming and videos     

FINALLY, we would like to let you and people know that as soon as we receive Diocesan permission we will be carrying out urgent and necessary repairs to our wonderful tower at St Wilfrid’s Church. The costs of this project are very high, which unfortunately will necessitate an Appeal for Financial Support. Please look out very shortly for further information about this vital project and how you can contribute towards it.

The Wardens can always be contacted via email wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk
over any matter including baptisms, wedding and funerals and any activities or events which need to be arranged. Although many activities are still restricted, we can still record provisional bookings in our Church Diary and we hope that the opening of our churches on Easter Day is a sign that regulations and restrictions will change in the weeks and months ahead. We will keep you up-to-date with all our preparations for Holy Week – and remember that we are celebrating Easter Day IN our churches and hope that from then onwards our services will continue to be held in our two churches with coverage continuing on social media where possible. In the meantime, do try and ZOOM in, if you can! Our thanks go to Melvyn for ensuring that you receive this message and that so many others are contacted personally to hear our weekly news.

God Bless and Keep Safe – Arthur and Derek

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Church Wardens’ Message No. 21 for Sunday 14 March 2021

Here is the twenty-first of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

This coming Sunday is Mothering Sunday and Father Mike will be presiding at the Eucharist. As it is a special day in the Church’s year, he is asking for us to make a very special effort so….. can:

  1. Everyone have a photo of their mother so that they can see it during the service
  2. Everyone have a candle ready to light during the service
  3. Everyone have a flower, a sprig or something available and nearby
  4. Everyone spend a little more time on their normal apparel for our Zoom service.

 Why all of this? Well, Mothering Sunday is also called Laetare Sunday and Refreshment Sunday at the mid-point of Lent. Historically, people would celebrate this day of refreshment in the Lent Season by doing something special. They would return to their home to be with their Mum, and perhaps they would go to the Mother Church (Cathedral) as a family. So, as we can’t be with our Mums, whether because of lockdown or through their passing, we can celebrate themso we will!

We can’t give out posies as a sign of love and thanksgiving, but we can hold up our flowers or twigs for it to be blessed and place it before the photo of our mothers. And, if Mothering Sunday is a special celebration, let’s dress up a bit, have a shave or whatever. In the midst of lockdown, we need events and fellowship to raise our spirits and give us a shot of optimism in these times.

We hope that you can all respond to Mike’s suggestions above. It will be great to see everyone dressed up for the day.

A reminder that you are welcome to join St Richard’s ZOOM Lenten Stations of the Cross (Fridays at 6.00pm):  

St Richard’s Church Zoom link

Meeting ID: 822 5631 1387 Passcode: 480256

And, of course, we are still using social media ourselves and here is the usual ZOOM link that you can click on when we hope you can join us – we are almost getting the program right now!

Church ZOOM Links – Sunday 10.00am Eucharist (Mothering Sunday), Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist and weekly Wednesday 10.15am online “get together”. We also mirror (live) the Sunday Eucharist on our Facebook pages where previous services are available and other events like our recent videoed school assembly are stored.

St Wilfrid’s Parish Zoom link

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

The Wardens can always be contacted via email wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk for matters such as wedding and baptism enquiry dates etc. Although the church is not open for these activities, at present, they are recorded in the Church Diary so we do not forget them.

We now intend to open our churches again for (safe) services on Easter Sunday 4 April (subject to Government and Diocesan regulations) with a 9am Eucharist at St Wilfrid’s Church (streamed live on Facebook) and a 10.30am Eucharist at the Church of the Presentation. In the meantime, do try and ZOOM into our Lenten services if you can, and may we thank Melvyn for ensuring that others are kept up to date with all our news.

God Bless and Keep Safe – Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 20, for Sunday 7 March 2021

Here is the twentieth of our Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

Earlier this week the Wardens joined with Bishop Martin, Father Michael Maine our Rural Dean and other local church wardens in a short service of Compline from the Cathedral. Whilst we cannot meet in person, it is at least good to see friendly faces (and the occasional cat) on screen. The Bishop used this opportunity to outline the financial position of the Diocese and, like your PCC, it is having to face many challenges with falling incomes. Next Thursday, the PCC will be looking at our financial situation in detail and later all church members will be able to review our audited accounts at the APCM. Details of this will be published at some future date, although timings will be affected by ongoing Covid restrictions.

As you know, we are one of a number of churches in Haywards Heath and we are always represented on our local Deanery Synod. We also keep in touch with other local churches through our and their newsletters and emails. We have heard that a visit to Cuckfield Church would be really worthwhile to see “The Men”. Let us know what you think of their display!

Joining together each week to share worship and meet online socially after our weekday Eucharist and keeping in touch via email and social media is at least one “positive” that has arisen from the pandemic. Some of you joined Reverend Will and the Methodists last week on ZOOM. Similarly, Father Chris has told us that you are most welcome, during this Lenten Season, to join St Richard’s Church’s weekly ZOOM services of the Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 6.00pm. Here is the link:

Stations of the Cross at St Richard’s Church  

Meeting ID: 822 5631 1387 Passcode: 480256

We very much hope that more of you will join us on Sunday at 10.00am for our Eucharist and for our weekday Eucharist on Wednesday at 9.30am, and our ‘get-together’, also on Wednesday, at 10.15 am, by clicking on the link below:

 Our Sunday & Wednesday Parish Eucharists and online Get-Together  

 Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

Our Sunday service is also mirrored ‘live’ on our Facebook page where you can also view previous services and our recent videoed St Wilfrid’s School assembly. We hope, of course, that in the not-too-distant future both our churches will open again for services. In the meantime, do try and ‘ZOOM in’ or follow us on Facebook if you can!

We are sure you know by now you can always contact us personally over any church matters or issues of concern via our email: wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk  

All church events such as weddings and christenings are recorded in the Church Diary by the PCC Secretary and you can find out about all our church news and events on our Facebook page and through our website www.stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk  

We would like to thank Melvyn again for ensuring that those without access to the internet are kept up-to-date with all our news and events.

God BlessArthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 19, for Sunday 28 February 2021

Here is the nineteenth of our Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

We hope that many of you have had an opportunity to listen to Bishop Martin’s sermon that he delivered last Sunday and which has now been published on our Facebook pages. He had offered to preside at a service but owing to the Covid pandemic and the closure of our churches a videoed sermon had to suffice. In such a large diocese it is comforting to know that our Bishop is thinking of us during our Vacancy.

Whenever possible, as in the past, we do try to work together with the other churches and denominations in Haywards Heath. We have received the following invitation from Reverend Will Fletcher, the Methodist Presbyter, to join local members of his church in a special service on ZOOM.

 ‘I hope you are well. If anyone wishes to join us this Sunday at 4.30pm we are having a service to mark the mid-point of Fairtrade Fortnight. Here are the Zoom details’

Topic: Fairtrade Fortnight Service Time: Feb 28, 2021 04:30 PM London.

To join Zoom Meeting:

Click here to join our Methodist friends in worship @ 4.30pm this Sunday!

Meeting ID: 884 4464 7058   Passcode: 628894

We have faith that some may be able to attend on-line’

Our next PCC Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 11 March when the substantial item on the agenda will be our Parish Accounts prepared by our Treasurers (thanks to Ian and Karen) and which are presently being audited. Owing to the Covid pandemic we know that our income has sharply declined over the year and therefore any extra financial help you can give through increased giving (even a small amount) would be much appreciated.

Finally, our Eucharist services will be streamed live again next week (mirrored on Facebook). Father Mike will be celebrating this Sunday at 10.00am.  Father John’s eucharist will be on Wednesday at 9.30am (and this is followed by our weekly on-line ‘get together’ at 10.15 am).

Here is the usual ZOOM link (mirrored on Facebook) that you can click on.

Clickable Link: Join our Parish Eucharist services on Zoom

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074    Passcode: Keepsafe

Although our churches are only open for funerals at present (but not for weddings or christenings) we do answer all enquiries regarding the use of our churches and note requests in the Church Diary so that we do not forget them. We very much hope that restrictions on the use of churches will be eased and we are constantly reviewing the situation as we approach Easter.

Do keep in your prayers the recently departed and their family members grieving at this time: John Crane, Michael Chester, Father Iain Young R.I.P.

Finally you can always contact us by email regarding any matters: wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

God BlessArthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Weekly Message No. 18, for Sunday 21 February 2021

Here is the eighteenth of our Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

Again, it was great to see a number of you on this week’s Wednesday Wardens’ ZOOM meeting and at our Ash Wednesday Eucharist also streamed on ZOOM. The Ash Wednesday service was recorded and is also online on our Facebook pages. Please forgive any errors as it was recorded live.

This Sunday (21 February), we will again be streaming our 10.00am Eucharist, presided over by Father John on ZOOM. It may also be followed on our Facebook pages, either live or as a recording (that is, if the “host” does not get himself too mixed up and presses the wrong buttons).  This Sunday we are also hoping to stream a specially-prepared sermon that Bishop Martin has written for churches in the diocese that are in a Vacancy.

Here is the usual ZOOM link that you can click on (please use it for our streamed services and online “get togethers”) when we hope you can join us:

Church ZOOM Link – Sunday 10.00am Eucharist, Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist and weekly Wednesday 10.15am online “get together”.

 Clickable Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3083559074?pwd=dVNvdmZiZld1UW5ZbXRxdUpBeXhpdz09

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074     Passcode: Keepsafe

Karen, our Treasurer, has asked us to pass on her thanks to all of you who have posted their weekly church contributions into the Church Office. Your visit there could be combined with an exercise walk around the church grounds that are becoming very Spring-like. Many of the shrubs are starting to bud as the weather improves after last week’s cold snap. Our thanks go to all those who make sure our churchyard and the Rectory Garden are kept tidy. We understand that the mini daffodils are ready to bloom – a sure sign of better times ahead!

The Wardens can always be contacted via email wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk for matters such as wedding and baptism enquiry dates etc. Although the church is not open for these celebrations at present, they are recorded in our Church Diary so we do not forget them.

Finally, do keep in your prayers the recently departed: John Crane, Michael Chester, Father Iain Young SSC, and Shirley Dorman (whose funeral was held this Thursday in the Church of the Presentation). (RIP)

Again, a quick reminder that you can also keep up with church news and other information that is posted on our website: www.stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk.

God BlessArthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Weekly Message No. 17, for Sunday 14 February 2021

Here is the seventeenth of our Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

More and more o

f us are reporting that we have been called for our COVID “jab”. Certainly, the increasing numbers of people being vaccinated seems to be a small light at the end of the tunnel or, at least, the tiny spark of light emanated by a digital watch as shared in Father David’s Sermon last Sunday. As we continue to be challenged by the pandemic, please remember, in your prayers, all those professionals and volunteers working so hard to help keep us safe.

As reported last week, we are still sad for the loss of Michael Chester and John Crane. The news of funerals will be circulated but unfortunately numbers are limited, by law, to only thirty people in the church. We are presently looking into streaming the services on our Facebook pages for those who may not be able to attend.

Again, it was great to see a number of you on this week’s Wednesday Wardens’ ZOOM meeting and at our Wednesday Eucharist also streamed on ZOOM. This Sunday (14 February) we will be streaming our 10.00am Eucharist, presided over by Father Mike, on ZOOM. We are also exploring how to include it on our Facebook pages albeit as a recording. Hopefully, we can find a way soon to stream on both our church platforms.

Here is next week’s ZOOM link (also please use it for our streamed service on Sunday) when we hope you can join us:

Church ZOOM Link – Sunday 10.00 Eucharist, Wednesday Ash Wednesday Eucharist 9.30,  and weekly Wednesday 10.15 online “get together ”.

Clickable Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3083559074?pwd=dVNvdmZiZld1UW5ZbXRxdUpBeXhpdz09

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

By the way, if you are joining us on ZOOM you may be “muted”. Look for the icon

that may have a red line through it. If you are asked to unmute (we can now hear you and your dogs barking etc.), click on the muted icon and it will now look the same but no red line across it:

                                   Muted icon.jpg                 Unmuted icon.jpg

The host may mute everyone and will for the service proper. Words of the service will be displayed on screen at various times so you can say them along with us at home.

Next Wednesday, at 09.30, Father John will preside over our Ash Wednesday Eucharist. Father John asked us to share this message with you about the online Ash Wednesday ZOOM service:

We start Lent with the Ash Wednesday service 9.30am on Zoom. After the sermon the priest will bless ashes and sign with them towards the screen. You are invited to sign your forehead with a cross saying ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ’. [You might like to make and use your own ashes for this by burning last year’s palm cross.]

The Wardens can always be contacted via email wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk for matters such as wedding enquiry dates etc.

Again, a quick reminder that you can also keep up with church news and other information on our website:

www.stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk.

God BlessArthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Weekly Message No. 16 for Sunday 7 February 2021

Here is the sixteenth of our Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

You will be sad to learn this week that two members of our congregations, John Crane and Michael Chester, have passed away following their recent illnesses. A number of local friends, Father Martin, the past RC priest, and local residents Vivian White and Shirley Dorman, have also sadly passed.  May they rest in peace and rise in glory. Please keep the families of these people in your thoughts and prayers. We will let you know of any funeral arrangements but unfortunately numbers in churches are limited by law to only thirty people.

On a happier note it was again good to meet up with some of you at this week’s Wednesday Wardens’ ZOOM meeting. Similarly, some of you were able to join our Wednesday Eucharist (also on ZOOM).  Despite a few ‘teething’ problems we were pleased that Father John’s Eucharist now allowed more participation. We are exploring further ways in which we can utilise ZOOM for our on-line services as the present restrictions may well be with us for some time. More about this next week.

We hope you will join us for next week’s social ‘get-together’ over a cup of coffee!

Here is next week’s ZOOM link (the same as last week) when we hope you can join us:

 

The Wardens’ Zoom Meeting – Time: Wednesday 10 February 2021 10.15am until 11.00am. Clickable Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3083559074?pwd=dVNvdmZiZld1UW5ZbXRxdUpBeXhpdz09

 

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

 

As last Wednesday, please note that these ZOOM instructions can also be used, a little earlier, to join our Wednesday morning Eucharist at 9.30am.

Although the church remains closed the churchyard is not, and we would like to thank the ‘elves’ who work so hard to ‘magically’ collect and dispose of litter and debris. Likewise, we would like to record our thanks to our Treasurer and our Secretary who have also not ‘hibernated’!  They continue to prepare various detailed reports for the Diocese and to deal with the many administrative tasks on our behalf.  For example, you can continue to make your weekly gifts and if you post them in the Parish Office our Treasurer and Secretary will continue to collect and bank them.

We hope that you agree with us that our church life is continuing as best it can during the vacancy and in spite of all the restrictions and the closure of our buildings. Thank you to all of you for your help and support and prayers. You can always contact us via email  wardens@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk  about any matter or to enquire about baptisms, weddings or funerals. You can also find other information and church news on our website  www.stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

We hope that soon all of us will have taken up any offers of a vaccination and that all of you, your families and friends, stay well.

Keep Safe and God Bless,

Arthur and Derek