We have three in person services this week.
Bit like buses really!
8am Holy Communion, said. at Nayland
10am HC at Stoke
10am MP at Wiston
Pre booking is not required but please do remember to fill in the track and trace form as you enter, wear a mask and observe social distancing. Sanitising gel is provided.There is no expectation or pressure to return to in person services before you feel safe to do so but as more people have had their second vaccination now, we are increasing the number of in person services from May and again in June.
Our first 8am Said HC service will be this Sunday, courtesy of Revd Steve Morley from St. Mary’s, Bures and he will also officiate at next month’s month on 6th June, again at Nayland.
From June there will be one service a month at Leavenheath, alternating between HC and MP.
Wiston will also have a HC once every two months. All these additional services depend on the willingness of neighbouring clergy and retired clergy and we are very grateful to them. But it may be the case that occasionally no priest is available and then we would have to replace the planned communion service with a lay led service.
The next step as congregations increase, will be an increase in lay led services, including Evensong and a Family service. We know that it may take a long time before everyone will feel comfortable or confident about returning to in person services so the following online services will continue to be provided for the foreseeable future.
1st Sunday 10am First Sunday
2nd Sunday 10am Holy Communion
3rd Sunday 18th April 6.30pm Evening Praise
4th Sunday 10am Holy Communion
The link for this Sunday’s First Sunday service is https://youtu.be/rDELnCRdWYk.
May and June in-church services will be as follows, unless regulations change.
No congregational singing allowed yet but there are rumours that may change after May 17th. We will just have to be patient and hope the rumours are true!
All starting at 10am, except for the 8am highlighted in bold type
Sun 2nd 8am Holy Communion, said.
Sun 2nd HC at Stoke MP at Wiston
Sun 9th HC at Nayland MP at Stoke
Sun 16th HC at Polstead MP at Nayland
Sun 23rd HC at Nayland
Sun 30th HC at Stoke
June All starting at 10am, except for the 8am highlighted in bold type
Sun 6th 8am HC at Nayland
Sun 6th 10am HC at Stoke, MP at Wiston
Sun 13th 10am HC at Nayland, MP at Stoke
Sun 20th 10am HC at Polstead, MP at Nayland
Sun 27th 10am HC at Nayland HC at Leavenheath
HC=Holy Communion MP = Morning Prayer
Other APCM dates
5th May, 10am Polstead, in church
12th May, 10am Stoke in church
19th May, 7.30pm Nayland, in church
Now that weddings are allowed, we had the first wedding in the benefice at Polstead earlier in April, Alicia Ravensdale and Daniel Brown; next week Alice Blackholly and Ross Gurton will marry in Stoke and later this month Kirsty King and Paul Coward will marry at Nayland.Please pray for these couples as they begin their married life together.
Pew and Children’s Activity Sheets
The new look Pew Sheet (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here
Weekly Pew Sheet
This Sunday’s Children’s Activity Sheet can be found here
Children’s Activity Sheet
Community pantry & Financial Assistance Fund
Please remember the community pantry is still operating and financial grants are available. Now the bills are coming in for the cold winter, people are returning to work and facing new travel expenses, clothes for growing children are needed but many are not yet back to their normal income. The pantry has been well stocked up recently other than pasta, household cleaning item and toilet rolls which are running low. Do encourage people to use this local resource.