Coronovirus Updates

Remembrance Sunday at St Benedict’s

The traditional Remembrance Sunday Parish Communion with the Civic Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial will not take place.

There will be an ordinary Parish Communion Service at 9.30am on Remembrance Sunday. Booking a place will be essential as numbers are very limited.

There will be a short Act of Remembrance starting at 10.50/55 at the War Memorial. The Chair of the Parish Council has been invited to lay a wreath on behalf of all our community organisations.

The Last Post will be played.

Villagers are discouraged from attending. There will be no invitations to Community Groups.

Community Groups who wish to lay wreaths may do so informally between Remembrance Sunday

(8th of November) and Armistice Day. (11th November)

As precaution the Parish Council have been asked to mark out the graveyard around the memorial indicating the 2-metre distance rule.

The Schools have been asked if they would like to participate in making a field of poppies to be placed in a designated area around the memorial. Instructions on how to make the poppies have been sent to the schools.  Accompanied children in the school bubbles can come and place their poppies around the memorial in the week prior to Remembrance Sunday.

The British Legion have been asked to supply 100 wooden crosses for villagers to purchase.

These can be placed informally in a designed area around the memorial. If supplied by the

British Legion these will be available (for a donation to the British Legion) from St Benedict’s which is open between 9.00am and 4.00pm in the week before Remembrance Sunday.

The Parish Council are investigating the possibility of streaming the short service

Sadly, no refreshments are being offered this year.

Armistice Day Wednesday 11th November

The Schools have been asked if they would like to send a single pupil and member of staff to lay a wreath at 10.50/55.  The Last post will be played and the chair of the Parish Council has been invited to attend. Once again we hope to have the service streamed.

Covid 19 Update

We are pleased that St. Benedict’s is now open for Private Prayer.

Please use the hand sanitizer on entry and on leaving the Church

Please complete one of our entry cards and then leave the completed card in the box.

This information will only be used for contact tracing if a user of the church has been confirmed as Covid 19 positive.

The prayer candle stand has been relocated to the front of the nave.

Please use only the designated seats for your prayers.

Please maintain social distancing of 2m from all others in St Benedict’s

Please do not enter the roped off areas of our Church.

Small Funerals can now take place in church with some important restrictions on social distancing.

We look forward to the time when regular services, Wedding and Baptisms can take place in church.

At the moment we are unable to open The Venerable Bede church and hall.

Keep safe.

Paul Brown

A weekly contact sheet with the Sunday readings, a reflection and suggestions for prayer is available. If you would like a copy emailed or posted to you please email office@stbenedictbiscop.org.uk.

There are also short booklets to help you with your prayers available on the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org).

The Bishop of St Albans Golden Rules

(Take care with lighted candles)

The Bishop of St Albans Golden Rules Commended to us by the Bishop of Lichfield Food-for-thought about our attitudes.

Golden Rule One. Each one of us can think about how we can protect and support our neighbours. So much of the public rhetoric is sowing fear about the danger of other people. So, taking all the official precautions, offer help and reassurance to others – and don’t demonise anyone or any group.

Golden Rule Two: Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out the responsibility to phone them each day. There’s nothing like a friendly voice to offer solace when someone is worried. A smile can bring cheer, even on the phone. If you visit, follow all the official precautions or don’t go.

Golden Rule Three. Don’t give into panic and start hoarding food. There is plenty to go around, so practise the Christian discipline of sharing. Ask your neighbours what they need and do you best to help them get it. If you are self-isolating you will of course need some supplies.

Golden Rule Four. Live today to the full. None of us ever know what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6. 25 – 34), Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness.

Note from Paul

St Benedict’s and the Venerable Bede are following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s advice and have suspended all public worship until we are advised that we can resume our normal activities. As I write this Funerals and Weddings can still take place in church but with some restrictions on social distancing.

Private prayer is a very important part of our discipleship and St Benedict’s will remain open between 9.00am and 5.00pm for those who find our church helpful in their prayers. Prayer requests can be left on the Prayer Board Telephoned or sent by Email to the Rector 01902 892234 or paulstbenedicts@gmail.com The Church of England has many resources to help us in our prayers during this difficult time including a simple morning and night prayer these can be accessed at the Church of England website

For those without access to a computer or laptop copies will be available at the back of St Benedict’s Other resources include Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.

Smart speakers – daily prayer and LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps. Live streaming services – users can watch live streams of services from a range of churches and we will be improving AChurchNearYou.com in the days ahead to make this clearer.

All Hallows by the Tower Buckingham Parish Church St Nicholas Church, Canvey Island St James’ Church, Clitheroe St Mary’s Kenton I will continue to say Morning Prayer daily in church on behalf of us all. Post cards offering help to neighbours who are self-isolating are also available at the back of St Benedict’s.

Paul