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Weekly Pew Sheet : now available online here

Important Update                                                                                                                                                The wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory in our churches but recommended.

We will continue the use of sanitising hands when entering the church building and when leaving.

We are maintaining good hygiene practises including, for example, priests and servers washing their hands and using alcohol-based hand-sanitiser before Holy Communion, and before distributing the consecrated wafers. Sharing of the common cup is now permitted but we will continue for now, with the use of a pipette to drop the consecrated wine onto the wafer so that both can be received.

 

Confirmation Service                                                                                                                                                  The Bishop of Dunwich is holding a Deanery Confirmation service at the church of St Mary the Virgin Haverhill on the 8th August at 11am. Anyone wanting to explore this next step of commitment is invited to make contact with me to discuss the way forward.

Every Blessing                                                                                                                                                                  Fr Chris

 

Christian Aid Giving Thanks for our Vaccines Appeal

Many of us here in Suffolk are both joyful and relieved that we have received at least one if not two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. However, as we hear in the news every day, there are many communities around the world who are suffering because they don’t have access to vaccines.  Please give to help protect those who don’t have access to vaccines or protection from this deadly disease.  You can read what Bishop Mike has to say about the appeal and donate here.

 

Please find attached below,  the video made by the Diocese, ‘Flourishing Congregations’ in which the Stourhead Benefice was asked to take part.

https://youtu.be/Wh1rb7lhzB4

 

Please contact the Rector, Fr Chris Giles, who is happy to offer pastoral support and to receive inquiries about weddings, baptisms and funerals by email stourheadbenefice@gmail.com or on 01440 762901

Our pastoral work and prayer ministry remain active and working at this difficult time. We can all still be connected with one another through phone calls, emails and through our website, as we plan to post services and information here.  Hope, love and prayer are the three elements that will bring us strength in these difficult times.   Our churches have stood through many trials and tribulations over the centuries and we know that in Jesus Christ we find hope and love.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty, shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, My God, in whom I put my trust’. For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with his wings And you shall be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.” – Psalm 91

The Church of England have a variety of resources online for use at home which may conveniently be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer and https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Finance

Thank you all particularly for your prayers and support for each other, and thank you to all of you who are supporting us financially.  Through the lack of our gatherings, weddings and funeral income, money coming in has fallen, but we still have regular outgoings and our parish share is about to be increased. If you are able to contribute financially, ideally by the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) or by standing order this would greatly be appreciated as we continue doing God’s work here. Please contact  me. 
Fr Chris

Please be assured of the prayers of the ministry team for all of you. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us for prayer or conversation.

With every blessing, The Ministry Team

Safeguarding

We are committed to ensuring that our churches in the Stourhead Benefice are a safe place for all.  In order to fulfil that commitment the Benefice Church Council (PCC) has adopted the House of Bishop’s  Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement

Promoting a Safer Church
For Diocesan safeguarding information see www.cofesuffolk.org/concerns-and-contacts

Click the logos below to visit either our Diocesan web site or the Church of England national site.

 

 

 

 

Licence information CCL no 635929    Streaming licence no 1441713

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law to strengthen data protection for people in the UK and Europe. It will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. We are preparing within the parishes of the Stourhead benefice for the introduction of the new legislation, and working towards compliance. A data privacy notice is available upon request.