This Sunday we have 5 in person services.
17th 8am HC Stoke
10am HC Wiston
10am MP Polstead
6.30pm EPr Leavenheath V. Hall
For your diary
All Souls and Remembrance Service for those wishing to remember their loved ones now departed this life.
Sunday 7th November at 4pm, St Mary’s, Stoke-by-Nayland
ALL ARE MOST WELCOME. Bring and share refreshments will be served after the service.( Margaret Fowler is kindly coordinating this and would be grateful for three plates of cakes/finger food from each parish. Please contact her directly if you able to provide a plate.)
There will be a list at the back of the church (from 17th October onwards) on which names can be written whom you wish to be remembered during the service.
The licensing service for Revd Stephane Javelle will be on:
Thursday 18 November
at St Mary’s, Stoke-by-Nayland
ALL ARE MOST WELCOME to attend the service to support and meet our new Rector.
Bring and share refreshments will be served after the service.
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. https://st.edscathedral.org/worship
The new look Pew Sheet (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here
Weekly Pew 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 tinned tomatoes or beans. But we do need fresh veg and fruit, long-life milk, butter, cereal, tea and instant coffee, toiletries, toilets rolls and cleaning materials, also pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, sugar, tinned fruit, crisps and cereal.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.