worshipping God with joy,
growing in faith,
serving with love,
and welcoming all.
|Public Worship and Coronavirus|
As you know a second lockdown in our nation began on Thursday 5 November; sadly this prevents us from attending public worship in our parish church but private prayer is still possible, with the usual COVID-19 restrictions strictly in place.
For Sundays throughout November, our Zoom service will be transmitted at 10.00 am with appropriate prayers, reading and hymns. Access details will be provided in the weekly pew sheets and here on the website.
From the week beginning Sunday 8 November, our church will be open for private prayer for the duration of lockdown at the following times:
Mondays 9.00 - 11.00 am, and Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Please also note that funerals, limited to 30 worshippers, are still possible in church.
Please stay safe. Blessings.
Robert Butcher and Rosemary Bentley, Churchwardens
|Sunday Zoom Services|
We invite you to join us online for our Service of the Word on Sundays. The connection details for the forthcoming services are below. To join the service, click the link.
You may also connect via audio only using a landline and the following details:
Dial: 0330 088 5830
For further instructions, please download the weekly notices using the link below.
|Keeping in Touch - Weekly Notices|
Please do keep in touch via the weekly notices, copy available below.
To receive the weekly notices by email, please see the
instructions in this week's notice sheet.
|Year's Mind 2021|
If you would like a loved one to be remembered by name in Church services during the week of the anniversary of their death, please download and return the form below.
|Keeping in Touch - Mafambisa|
As you know, at this time of the year, we are usually preparing to send a team over to support our partner community in Mafambisa. This year was no exception but COVID-19 has affected communities across the world.
To find out how the communities are affected, please download the documents here:
|The Bishop of St. Albans' Golden Rules|
Last week Bishop Alan shared some thoughts in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic. A précis:
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. 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. Think about phoning others: 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 your best to help them get it.
Golden Rule Four: Live today to the full. None of us ever know what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’ Matthew 6.34.
And, don’t forget to pray. Here’s a suggestion by a priest in our diocese:
Dear God our Shield and our Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
Bishop Alan, St Albans