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KEEPING YOU INFORMED   Saturday 11th July 2020        

Good morning
I pray you're all keeping well. 

REOPENING OUR CHURCHES
First, a question about reopening for public worship.

Do you feel ready to return to our churches for public worship yet?

St Mary & St Helen's church is now open - and will continue to be open -
for private prayer only on Mondays (2pm - 4pm) and Fridays (10am - 12am). 

Alan, the Churchwardens, and the PCC wish to know how you feel about the
possibility of reopening St Michael's and St Thomas's for public worship
next month. Social distancing and other health protection measures as
required by the government and advised by the Church of England will be in
place. 

Please use the voting buttons on this email or email a reply to
 nestonparishoffice@gmail.com (You
should find the instructions for voting near the top of this email and the
voting buttons will probably be in the ribbon of command icons at the top of
your screen.)
Please reply ASAP and by 19th July if possible.

Worship
Here are just some of the many resources you may wish to investigate for

Sunday worship from home. 

Parish of Neston 

The streamed Service this week - Sunday at 10.45hrs - will include words
from Revd Duncan Dormor, General Secretary of USPG and The Ven Dr Michael
Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester.

Message from the Vicar, Alan

I find the quickest way to find the live-streamed service is by searching '
YouTube Neston Parish ' then the date ie. ' 12th ' (for this Sunday) in my
browser. In the list of videos that come up, the current one should show.
Sometimes the new stream doesn't immediately show up in the YouTube Parish
of Neston channel. However, if you prefer to just click a link all the
videos are available from this link

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJnfi7zblT5zttz7OQQWJw/videos

The current service will appear here, but this does seem to take a little
time.
I also attach the P&A for this Sunday that some of you may wish to see.
Please let me know if this doesn't open up for you.

Radio / TV
Please note, there are no Sunday worship services on BBC1 at the moment.
Songs of Praise is broadcast on BBC1 at 13.15hrs (1.15pm).

Sunday morning service tomorrow on BBC Radio4 at 8.10 hrs, is on Sowing in a
time of uncertainty by Revd Dr. Craig Gardiner of the South Wales Baptist
College.

The daily service is still broadcast on BBC Radio4 Long Wave at 9. 45hrs each weekday
Choral Evensong is broadcast on BBC Radio3 at 15.30 hrs on Wednesdays
(repeated on the following Sunday Afternoon at 15.00hrs). This Wednesday it
is a recording from Chichester Cathedral.
 

Online worship etc.
Most of the links give access to many other sources. Some are streamed
services and some are texts:

This week, Chester Cathedral plans to reopen for public worship but plan to
continue to stream the services live on YouTube.

Worship from Chester Cathedral, including Eucharist @ 10.00 hrs on 12th
July, plus evensong (on YouTube from 18.30 hrs) during the week:

https://www.youtube.com/c/chestercathedralchoirandorgan 

Sunday worship from the Church of England - on the theme 'The Power of
Prayer', led by the Archbishop of York from York Minster - 12th July from
8.30 hrs: 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

the Church of England has an online daily prayer, which now includes an audio
clip and text for a short service of daily prayer, as well as access to
morning prayer, evening prayer, and night prayer - and you have the choice
of traditional and contemporary language. It can also be downloaded as an
App:

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
You may wish to follow the streaming of services from religious communities such
as Taizé at 19.30 hrs each evening

https://www.taize.fr/en_article27540.html Mirfield Community of the
Resurrection throughout the day on
https://mirfield.org.uk/community-of-the-resurrection/our-life-and-work/worship/
hip/
where there is a link to the Facebook streaming. There are others
streaming, such as Ampleforth Abbey

https://www.ampleforth.org.uk/abbey/service-times and Buckfast Abbey
 https://www.buckfast.org.uk/live
 

Prayer
* Our parish prayer group meets on zoom for Evening Prayer every Fri
at 5pm. We welcome new 'Zoomers'. Just click on this link and wait for the
host to let you in:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88488184705?pwd=ZE5EbFp0SFNSc0FJc2tubldCRXQzZz09
Meeting ID: 884 8818 4705 Password: neston

We shall be especially praying for the re-opening of our churches in a safe
way.

Daily Hope is a new service launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In
particular, please draw it to the attention of people who don't have online
facilities. This is a FREE national phone line as a simple new way to bring
worship and prayer into people's homes while church buildings are closed
because of coronavirus, particularly if people don't have internet access.
The telephone number is 0800 804 8044. 

Spiritual Communion
Here are some words from Alan about spiritual communion:
In this time when it is not possible for us to gather together and share the
Common Cup and celebrate Holy Communion in one place. This time when we are
not able to receive Consecrated Bread and Wine together that we do in
remembrance of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which were given
and shed for us. In this time the Church has highlighted the long-held term
and practice of Spiritual Communion that may be lived out in other ways.


https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Guidance%20on%20Spiritual%20Communion%20and%20Coronavirus.pdf


Stay safe

Richard Lewis

PCC Secretary
Working from home during the Covid19 pandemic

0151 336 6057

Working from home during the Covid19 pandemic.  

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Please visit "Update from the Parish Office" page for links to services

Congratulations to Richard and Frances who have received their authority to minister in their new parishes

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