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

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