Evening Praise goes online!

Whilst the COVID-19 lockdown continues to prevent us meeting in Leavenheath Village Hall for our monthly 1st Sunday and Evening Praise services, we are delighted that a number of our regular team have got together to record this special informal and online Evening Praise Service for us to enjoy in the safety and comfort of our own homes.

So until we can all meet together once again, we hope that you will enjoy joining in with some lively worship songs, listen to an interesting reflection, and share in a time of prayer.

This service will stream online on Sunday 19th July 2020 at 6.30pm (the usual day and time for our regular Evening Praise Service) and can be viewed from the Benefice Facebook Page clicking HERE

Or on the Benefice YouTube Page clicking HERE

The video will continue to be available to watch online after it “Premiers” on Sunday 19th July 2020 so if you cannot watch it live, you can watch it at your leisure at a time to suit you.

Holy Communion for 5th Sunday after Trinity – from your own home!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to worship alongside Revd Mark each Sunday Morning at 10am as he celebrates Holy Communion from his study.

This coming Sunday, 12th July is the 5th Sunday after Trinity.

This will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/naylandchurches/

It will also be available on YouTube: Click Here

You can also join in with the service using the service booklet below:

5th Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home (Word Format)

5th Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home (PDF Format)

The Pew Sheet for this Sunday (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here: Weekly Pew Sheet

Activity Sheets for Children can also be downloaded here:  Children’s Activity Sheets

Don’t forget that there are many other services throughout the week on BBC TV and Radio, as well as on the Cathedral and Bishops Facebook Pages.

 

 

Reopening some benefice churches for Public Worship

First steps in resuming Public Worship in Church

Following the Government’s relaxing of some of the restrictions on Public Worship in churches and other places of worship, and having now considered the advice and recommendations provided by The Church of England, I am pleased to advise that in consultation with Churchwardens, we are now able to take our next steps to safely re-commence some services in the Benefice.

 Therefore beginning this weekend (Sunday 12th July) we have agreed to put in place an interim service rota for the next few weeks/months which will allow for two of our five churches to be open for Public Worship, this will be as follows:

  •  9am Simple Holy Communion in St James’ Church, Nayland
  •  10am Online Holy Communion (via Facebook & YouTube – as currently)
  •  11am Simple Lay-Led Morning Prayer in St Mary’s Church, Stoke-by- Nayland

 If you attend either of the services in Nayland or Stoke you will notice that there will be a number of important differences:

  • When you arrive you may have to queue before coming into church (so if the weather is inclement you might want to remember to bring an umbrella!).
  • There will be strict hygiene measures in place which will include:
    • Hand sanitizing both on entry and exit and when applicable before receiving communion.
    • A record of attendance for “Track and Trace” purposes.
    • You are encouraged (though not compulsory) to bring and wear a face mask.
    • 2m (6ft) safe distancing rules will also be required (and because of this the seating capacity in the churches are significantly curtailed)
    • For the time being there will be no singing.
    • There may not be service booklets.
    • If you are attending the Communion service in Nayland there will be no physical sharing of the peace and Communion will be in “one kind only”.
    • The toilets will not be available
  • The services themselves will be shorter and simpler.

In accordance with Government advice, those who are currently shielding, or isolating, including those over 70 should consider carefully if it is safe and appropriate for them to attend a service in person at this time.  I am committed to continue our current 10am Online service for as long as is necessary to ensure that those who decide to stay at home will be able to participate in a Communion Service each week for as long as it is required.

It goes without saying that if you or a member of your household have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 you MUST NOT attend a service in church.

 It would be helpful if you would call or email Revd Mark (information on Page One above) if you were intending to come (and advising how many from your household will join you) so that at least initially we can ensure that there will be sufficient space to accommodate you safely.

Please note that for practical reasons and for the time being the Churchwardens in consultation with PCC’s have decided that St Matthew’s, Leavenheath, St Mary’s in Polstead, and St Mary’s in Wiston will not be open for routine Sunday Services.

St James’ Church, Nayland and St Mary’s Church, Stoke-by-Nayland will continue to open for Individual Private Prayer from 2-4pm each Tuesday and Saturday (in Nayland), and Wednesday and Sunday (in Stoke).

Holy Communion for 4th Sunday after Trinity – from your own home!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to worship alongside Revd Mark each Sunday Morning at 10am as he celebrates Holy Communion from his study.

This coming Sunday, 5th July is the 4th Sunday after Trinity.

This will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/naylandchurches/

It will also be available on YouTube: Click Here

You can also join in with the service using the service booklet below:

4th Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home  (Word Format)

4th Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home  (PDF Format)

The Pew Sheet for this Sunday (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here: Weekly Pew Sheet

Activity Sheets for Children can also be downloaded here:  Children’s Activity Sheets

Don’t forget that there are many other services throughout the week on BBC TV and Radio, as well as on the Cathedral and Bishops Facebook Pages.

 

Merging of our two benefices into one

Whilst for all practical reasons our five churches work together as one, technically we are two separate benefices:

(1) Nayland with Wissington
(2) Stoke by Nayland with Leavenheath and Polstead

All five PCC’s have now requested that our two benefices are legally united into one, and the draft scheme can be viewed via the link below:

Draft Scheme Proposals for Consultation

The public consultation  about this was originally published and began on the 23rd March 2020 and was subsequently due to conclude on the 30th June 2020, however, because of COVID-19 and the suspension of public worship in churches, the consultation period has now been extended until MONDAY 20th JULY 2020.

Should you with to make a representation to the Church Commissioners regarding this proposal, you should do so in writing, either by post or electronically. You can do this in one of two ways:

Email the Church Commissioners, c/o james.davidson-brett@churchofengland.org with a subject heading of “I would like to make a Representation“.

Write to: James Davidson-Brett, Pastoral Division, Church Commissioners, Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3AZ

Holy Communion for 3rd Sunday after Trinity – from your own home!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to worship alongside Revd Mark each Sunday Morning at 10am as he celebrates Holy Communion from his study.

This coming Sunday, 28th June is the 3rd Sunday after Trinity.

This will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/naylandchurches/

It will also be available on YouTube: Click Here

You can also join in with the service using the service booklet below:

3rd Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home (Word Format)

3rd Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home (PDF Format)

The Pew Sheet for this Sunday (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here: Weekly Pew Sheet

Activity Sheets for Children can also be downloaded here:  Children’s Activity Sheets

Don’t forget that there are many other services throughout the week on BBC TV and Radio, as well as on the Cathedral and Bishops Facebook Pages.

 

First Steps in cautiously re-opening some churches for private prayer

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 27th June) St James’ Church, Nayland will re-open from 2pm until 4pm for Individuals (or members from the same household) to come for Private Prayer.

This marks the beginning of the first phase of the churches in this Benefice cautiously easing restrictions following the closure of churches back in March,

We are grateful for our volunteers and leaders who have made this possible (we are sure that you will appreciate that there have been a lot of details to examine and put in place as we worked through the Government’s guidelines), but most of all we are grateful for your continued patience and understanding.

It is however important to note that if you plan to come to St James’ Church to pray, then you will notice a number of physical changes and there will also be some practical precautions you will need to abide with:

In order to observe social distancing of 2m between individuals or household you will notice that some areas of the church are marked off, and that only limited numbers can be accommodated at any one time (maximum of 7 individuals/households), so you may have to wait for another individual/household to leave the church before you can enter. The church will also have a one way system in place and only a limited number of pews will be available to sit in.

On entering the church you will be asked to sanitise your hands and to leave your name and contact details (this will be held for no more than 3 weeks before being destroyed, but will enable someone to contact you should another individual or household group fall ill with the virus) with the person supervising (initially this will be Revd Mark – who will also be available for pastoral support if necessary). Whilst not mandatory, you may choose to bring and wear your own face mask.

When moving through the church, please avoid touching surfaces, pews or other objects where possible.

Children must be supervised at all times and also follow the social distancing guidelines.

Please note that all bibles and other reading materials have temporarily been removed, so you may wish to bring your own bible or prayer book if required.

The Government guidelines state that you should NOT attend private prayer if:
• You have COVID-19 symptoms
• You are in an at risk group (which includes being over 70yrs old),
• You are shielding or self-isolating.

When you are ready to leave, please follow the one way system in place, sanitising your hands before exiting. The pew will then be sanitised to allow the next individual to use it.

If after attending church you subsequently develop symptoms of COVID-19, please contact Revd Mark or a churchwarden, so that we can, in confidence, notify others who may have come into contact with you during your visit.

Provided this works smoothly, it is the intention that St James’ Church, Nayland will be open for private prayer each Saturday and Tuesday from 2pm-4pm.

It is hoped that from 5th July, St Mary’s Church in Stoke-by-Nayland will also open for Individual Private Prayer, it will open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm.

In due course we hope to be able to begin a limited number of Eucharistic Services in one or two of the churches in the benefice (albeit with very limited numbers being present and with additional hygiene precautions) but we are awaiting updated guidelines from the government and the Church of England to facilitate this.

In the meantime we will continue to Broadcast services to the Benefice Facebook and YouTube pages, and Revd Mark can be contacted if you would like prayer support or resources to use at home.

Holy Communion for 2nd Sunday after Trinity – from your own home!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to worship alongside Revd Mark each Sunday Morning at 10am as he celebrates Holy Communion from his study.

This Sunday, 21st June is the 2nd Sunday after Trinity (and it is also Father’s Day).

This will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/naylandchurches/

It will also be available on YouTube: Click Here

You can also join in with the service using the service booklet below:

2nd Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home (Word Format)

2nd Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home (PDF Format)

The Pew Sheet for this Sunday (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here: Weekly Pew Sheet

Activity Sheets for Children can also be downloaded here:  Children’s Activity Sheets

Don’t forget that there are many other services throughout the week on BBC TV and Radio, as well as on the Cathedral and Bishops Facebook Pages.

 

Holy Communion for 1st Sunday after Trinity – from your own home!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to worship alongside Revd Mark each Sunday Morning at 10am as he celebrates Holy Communion from his study.

This week Sunday 14th June is the 1st Sunday after Trinity and we begin Ordinary Time.

This will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/naylandchurches/

It will also be available on YouTube: Click Here

You can https://youtu.be/cvaVzAWeaHQalso join in with the service using the service booklet below:

1st Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home  (Word Format)

1st Sunday after Trinity Communion at Home  (PDF Format)

The Pew Sheet for this Sunday (which includes the readings for the day) can be found here: Weekly Pew Sheet

Don’t forget that there are many other services throughout the week on BBC TV and Radio, as well as on the Cathedral and Bishops Facebook Pages.

 

COVID-19 & Plans to gradually reopen for Private Prayer

Dear Friends

The churches in the Stoke-by-Nayland, Leavenheath, Polstead, Nayland and Wiston, will continue to be closed for the time being.

Like many other faith groups we are keen to return to a regular pattern of worship as soon as it is both safe and practical to do so. The churchwardens and myself have already begun to work our way through the the risk assessments from the Church of England whilst we await the Government to actually publish their promised guidance on allowing churches to reopen for Private Prayer.

Once all the information is available we are hoping to gradually reopen one or two of our churches for limited times to allow those who wish to pray, but this isn’t going to happen immediately.

Our short term goal is to hopefully have made all the necessary assessments and to have obtained enough PPE/hygiene/signage and put practical measures in place to allow St Mary’s, Stoke to be available from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday 5th July 2020. If all goes well we will be looking to follow this with St James’, Nayland soon afterwards.

St Matthew’s, Leavenheath; St Mary’s, Polstead; and St Mary’s, Wissington will, at least for the time being, remain closed, but these will be reviewed regularly. We will however continue to Stream Services online and offer printed prayer material for all who would like them.

As previously posted our number one priority is the safety of our volunteers and those wishing to come to church to pray. Once we are confident that we are able to gradually reopen safely we will do so.

Please do follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Benefice Website / achurchnearyou.com
to find out exactly when we will begin.

In the meantime we thank you for your continued support, patience and forbearance.

with every blessing and an assurance of prayer.

Revd Mark