From the Rector - 19th August

Dear Friends

I hope this email finds you all well and safe. I am writing to bring you the latest developments on the Fromeside with regard to our Worship and  Pastoral Support. 
1.On Sunday 30th August there will be one Benefice Service at St Michaels at 10am (No Service at St Peter's). You will need to book to attend this service by either emailing or phoning the Rectory on 01454 775529. The service will be filmed so you will be able to watch it in the afternoon if you can't get to church.
2. With regard our filmed services, they will now be available from 3.30pm each Sunday Afternoon on   
From October it is hoped filming will move around all four churches in the Benefice and a filmed service will be available most Sundays, with this provision continuing beyond the Covid Pandemic.  It is our intention to continue to film services for those of you who cannot get to Church on a Sunday for whatever reason, as a regular feature of what we offer spiritually as a Benefice. Fr Bob Latham is training up teams to enable this and they will provide an important ministry in enabling all people to be able to engage with the wide variety of worship we offer as a Benefice and feel a real part of our worshipping community.
3. From September there will be a Service in each Church most Sundays at the following times:
All Saints and St James 9.15am, St Peter's and St Michael's 10.30am.
Please note that on the Second Sunday each month  there will be a Benefice All Age Family Service at St James Iron Acton at 10am. This is for all in our Benefice who enjoy informal family worship and will be led by Jo Strange, Dave Jones and the Team. 
4. From September our Midweek pattern will be as follows;
Wednesdays 9.30am St James 11am All Saints, Thursdays 10.30 St Michaels Rooms and Fridays 9.15 at St Peter's.
Because of the 72 hour rule it does mean that our churches will not be open for private prayer as such, although we will allow plenty of time around scheduled services for people who wish to use the time for prayer and devotion.
5. Our second Benefice Walk is taking place on Saturday 22nd August leaving St Peters at 10am, if you would like to join us please let me know.
6. As Lockdown has eased many of us are engaging in conversations with our neighbours once again. Listening and communicating with people is an important part of living out our lives as Christians (Loving our Neighbour). I have attached an excellent pamphlet entitled 'Lets Chat'  produced by the Together for Fromeside Ecumenical Group led by Julia and Naomi. Please do read it as it gives simple and effective guidance on how we can all be better listeners as we care for those around us.
7. We know that there is 'increased anxiety' amongst many people as a result of Covid 19  and you will be aware that as a Benefice we offer a team of 'Trained Listeners' who can support those who are struggling in any way. If you know of anyone who you feel we can help please do encourage them to contact me at the Rectory. 
Finally if you know of any one who would value a 'Garden Visit' from a member of our 'Visiting Team' or if you would like a visit from a member of the Ministry Team please do contact me or Kathryn in the Benefice office and we will arrange someone to call.
God Bless, Take Care and Keep Safe


Fr Malcolm