Sunday 3rd October 2021

There are five in person services this Sunday, 8am Holy Communion at Nayland, 10am Holy Communion Harvest Service at Polstead, 10am First Sunday returns to Leavenheath Village Hall, 10 am Morning Prayer at Wiston and 6:30pm Evensong at Stoke.

At the Churchwardens/ministry team  meeting, it was agreed that each church should now make their own decisions on what is safe and practical in their buildings. We should still be encouraging people to be considerate and sensible about social distancing, especially with regard to those who are wearing masks. Everyone who feels more comfortable to continue wearing masks should be encouraged and supported. In church and in the village hall, please enable social distancing in the set up of seating.   Sanitising gel will still be provided and we recommend its use until further notice.

 We made no change in our advice in respect of the distribution of communion. We do not feel that the majority of people would be comfortable sharing the common cup. Intincting by individual communicants is still not permitted but the priest is allowed to co- mingle the host. Therefore, I will continue to administer the bread, either on its own or dipped in the cup by me as each communicant indicates their wish. I will explain these options at the beginning of each communion service. However, visiting clergy retain the right to specify how they wish to administer communion.

There is no online service this week.  The link below will take you the worship page of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral  where you will find the times and links to their online services (and service sheets), which can also be accessed through their Facebook page.

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

Thank you for all the items generously donated to the community pantry. Currently, we do not need any more pasta, tinned tomatoes or beans. But we do need fresh veg and fruit, long-life milk, butter, cereal, tea and instant coffee, toiletries, household cleaning stuff and tinned steak, mince, curry etc. Please keep spreading the word that this is a resource for anyone in our villages, whether their need is occasional or regular. There is also a fund for those in need of financial assistance, perhaps with school uniforms and shoes, essential or unexpected bills. Please do feel free to contact Rev Val Armstrong who can assist you in complete confidentiality, Tel: 01206262812 Email: It is also possible to have a delivery arranged for those unable to get to the Community Pantry in Nayland, again please contact Rev Val about this.

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