From the Rector

4th March 2021


 

Dear Friends

 
I hope this email finds you safe and well
 
With infections falling at this time and with vaccination rates and targets being extremely encouraging, our  RTC group met to discuss our response as a Benefice to the Governments roadmap and we have made the following decisions, subject of course to any changes in the impact of the pandemic which mean we have to revisit our plans.
  • Up until Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday, we will maintain our current worship pattern with a mix of services Online and in Church.
     
  • In the light of the 'Stay at Home Order' being lifted from the 29th March and the fact that churches have been proved to be extremely safe places, with exceptionally low transmission rates and with good robust 'Covid' measures in place, we are planning to offer what we hope is a positive spiritual diet both online and in church, which we would encourage you all to engage with throughout Holy Week, on Easter Sunday and beyond. I will publish the full 'Holy Week and Easter' programme next week and I am confident that when you see it you will agree there is something for everyone, despite the limitations that will still be in place, enabling people to worship safely and confidently; either in one of our benefice churches, at home by joining us online or even a combination of both.
     
  • From the week commencing 5th April we will return to the pattern of worship we had in the Autumn, with midweek services in each parish and a service in each church on the Sunday morning, times to be confirmed. 
     
  • Between Sunday 11th April and Sunday 16th May, we will be screening a service online at 10am (with the exception of Sunday 18th April when it will be at 3.30pm). We are hoping that during this period we will see the gradual return of music in our worship, with both organists and cantors being used and God willing the return of our choirs at some point, C of E rules and guidance permitting.
     
  • From Sunday 23rd May we hope that our services in church will continue to develop and by June 27th we will return to something close to our pre lockdown worship pattern. However, as we will still be keeping some measures in place and Sunday worship will be limited to only one service in each church. It is our hope to hold a Benefice 'Celebration of Community Renewal', with an open air service and family picnic in the summer at some point.
We will be maintaining all our current 'Pastoral Support' and it is hoped to enable 'Garden Visits' by our visiting team and a number of 'Benefice Walks' to take place when guidance and numbers permit. We are also planning two 'Benefice Remembering Services' one at St Michael's and one at St James to help families in our communities who have lost loved ones during this period, offering to all the opportunity to remember those they love in a setting of spiritual peace. 
 
So back now to the present, for this weekend services are as follows:
 
Saturday 10.30am at All Saints Winterbourne Down
Sunday  10am at St Peter’s Frampton Cotterell
  10am at St Michael’s Winterbourne.

 

We will be screening an online service of Spiritual Communion at 10am on Sunday:    https://www.fromesidechurches.org.uk/recorded-services/

 

For those who want worship that their young people can engage with, there will be a weekly act of children’s worship on our website at: https://www.fromesidechurches.org.uk/messages-resources-for-the-current-crisis/worship-for-young-people/

 

Our Lent Study Group meets online on Monday 8th March at 8pm, login details are:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77176750321?pwd=M2NabkcvUkxnZ1Ixb2RQRytFZ29iZz09  Meeting ID: 771 7675 0321  Passcode: 6Q32KH Please feel free to join us.

 

Finally I have attached a copy of this months Enews from St Peters, if you would like to receive this or the 'E' version of the St Michaels Magazine regularly, could you please contact Kathryn at the Benfice office on office@fromesidechurches.org.uk and we will get you added to the circulation list.

 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like one of our 'Pastoral Team' to give you a call.

 

Stay Safe and take care

 

God Bless

 

Fr Malcolm

 

 

The Rectory, 70 High St, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JQ
 

Tel: 01454 776518   Email: m.strange@fromesidechurches.org.uk