Worship Resources

Just because services in our churches are currently suspended because of Coronavirus COVID-19, it doesn’t mean that we stop being church, and cannot still worship together.

The following are just some of the resources that are available to all of us:

Television programs
Sunday:           Songs of Praise at 1.15pm on BBC 1

Radio programs
Daily:               Prayer for the Day at 5.43am on Radio 4                                                                                                        Daily Service at 9.45am on Radio 4 Longwave and DAB

(The Daily Service is available on a Radio 4 DAB side channel which is automatically made available about a minute before the programme begins.  After tuning to Radio 4 DAB, select “Daily Service” (from your display) with the tuning wheel and press the selector button. On some radios the side channel can be stored on a preset button)

Weekly:           Sunday’s            Sunday Worship at 8.10am on Radio 4
                                                             National “Virtual” Service at 8am on Local BBC Radio                                                                          (and online in the Church of England and BBC from 9am)
                                                              Choral evensong at 3.00pm on Radio 3

Wednesday’s   Lent Talks  at 8.45pm on Radio 4
                                                               Choral evensong at 3.30pm on Radio 3

Online / On Demand

Many TV’s also have access to BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds programs which offer a large number of Religious and Ethical programs.

Facebook

Monday to Saturday at 8.30am – Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike will stream Morning Prayer.   You can watch live or at a time to suit you at www.facebook.com/BishopsCofEsuffolk/

Monday to Friday at 5pm – St Edmundsbury Cathedral will stream Evensong/Evening Prayer.

Saturday & Sunday at 3.30pm – St Edmundsbury Cathedral will stream Evensong/Evening Prayer.

Sundays at 10am – St Edmundsbury Cathedral will stream a Holy Communion Service

You can watch live at  www.facebook.com/stedscathedral

Other Resources

The Church of England have issued prayer and intercessions suitable for individual and families to use at home.  The can be found at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

Remembrance Services 2019

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the beginning of World War Two, and we will commemorate this occasion with Services and Acts of Remembrance in each of our five parishes on Remembrance Sunday.

At all of these services we will remember everyone both military and civilian, who have been wounded either physically or mentally in wars and conflicts, but also those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the hope of a better world.

Join us at one of our services:

Sunday 10th November 2019
8am                     Stoke Church (Traditional Holy Communion)
10am                  Wiston Church (Parish Act of Remembrance)
10:45am           Nayland Church (Parish Remembrance Service – Starts at War Memorial)
10:45am           Polstead Church (Parish Remembrance Service)
10:45am           Stoke Church (Parish Remembrance Service)
10:45am           Leavenheath Church (Parish Remembrance Service)

Palm Sunday

Cross made out of palm fronds.

This coming Sunday (14th April) is known as Palm Sunday and commemorates Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

On Palm Sunday everyone who comes to our Benefice Service (10am in Nayland) will be given a palm cross of their own to take away with them as a reminder.

Here’s a simple prayer idea which you might like to do at home with your children, while holding the palm cross.

Each point of the cross links to a theme.

Hold the cross in your right hand and then place your left thumb on the left ‘crosspiece’.  Pray for the world, in these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you that your peace reaches into every situation across our world. Be close to those places that need peace this day. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Place your left thumb on the right of the ‘crosspiece’ and pray for people in need in these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you that your hope reaches into every situation. Be close to those who are ill or sad this day. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Place your left thumb on the base of the ‘crosspiece’: Pray for the community where you live in using these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you that your joy reaches into our homes. Help us to know that you are with us every day. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Place your thumb on top of the ‘crosspiece’: Pray for those who lead in the church and teach us about Jesus:
Loving God, thank you that your love is shared through your church. Give wisdom to those who help us to know the Good News of Jesus. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Place your thumb in centre of the ‘crosspiece’: Pray for yourself, in these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you for Jesus and the love he showed for me. Help me to follow him more and more each day. Amen.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the church’s year.   To find out more about what is happening in our benefice, click here

Carols at bedtime

Christmas is great time of year to learn songs – many have been passed down the
generations for hundreds of years. And singing together is also lovely way to praise
God, whether at home or in church. Try these well-known songs with your child.

As Christmas draws near, why not include a verse or two of Away in a Manger in
your child’s bedtime routine?

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me for ever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

When it’s dark, you might enjoy singing just the chorus of This little light of mine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

A really simple song that you could use in night time prayers goes to the tune of
Frere Jacques:

Light a candle, light a candle,
God is here, God is here.
Bless our friends and family,
Bless our friends and family,
Far and near, far and near.

Safety first:  Small children love to watch a candle flame, but you must never leave
a lit candle unattended or within a child’s reach – you might prefer to use a battery
powered candle for night prayers.

For more information about our Christmas Services – Click Here

Remembrance Services 2018

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One.

Together with members of the Nayland Branch of the Royal British Legion we have been working on a series of events to commemorate this occasion, leading up to our Benefice Act of Remembrance on the 11th November itself when we remember all those, both military and civilian, who were wounded both physically and mentally, or gave their lives in the hope of a better world.

Join us at one of our services:

Thursday 8th November 2018
11am                  Caley Green, Nayland – Setting up a Field of Remembrance with
children  from Nayland Primary School planting crosses to remember the fallen.

Saturday 10th November 2018
10am-Noon    Nayland Church Hall, Bear Street – Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning

Sunday 11th November 2017
8am                     Stoke Church (Traditional Holy Communion)
10:45am           Nayland Church (Benefice Remembrance Service – Starts at Memorial)
1pm                     Polstead Church (short service remembering fallen from the village)
2pm                     Stoke Church (short service remembering fallen from the village)
3pm                     Leavenheath Church (short service remembering fallen from the village)
4pm                     Wiston Church (short service remembering fallen from the village)

New Service Pattern begins on Sunday 5th February 2017

times

In consultation with the Benefice Ministry Team and PCC’s it has been agreed to introduce a revised monthly service pattern in the Benefice, initially on a six month trial basis, beginning on Sunday 5th February 2017.

The principal changes are:

Introduction of 3 standard service times across the benefice:  8am, 10am and 6.30pm.

  • There will be an 8am Holy Communion Service in one of the churches in the Benefice every week.
  • The joint Benefice service will move from the 4th Sunday to the 3rd Sunday.
  • There will be a 10am Holy Communion Service in one of the churches in the Benefice on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays (and on some 3rd Sundays).
  • Introduction of a Thursday Morning Mid-Week Holy Communion in one of the churches in the Benefice every week (begins 9th March).

Where can I celebrate Holy Communion each week?

Week 1          
Sunday
8am                  St Mary’s, Stoke by Nayland
10am               St Mary’s, Polstead 
Thursday
10am                St Mary’s, Wissington (Wiston)

Week 2          
Sunday
8am                  St Mary’s, Polstead
10am               St Mary’s, Wissington (Wiston)
6.30pm           St Mary’s, Stoke by Nayland
Thursday
10am               St James’, Nayland

Week 3          
Sunday
8am                  St James’, Nayland
Thursday
10am               St Matthew’s, Nayland

Week 4          
Sunday
8am                  St Matthew’s, Leavenheath
10am               St James’, Nayland
Thursday
10am               St Mary’s, Stoke by Nayland

Week 5          
Sunday
8am                  St Mary’s, Wissington (Wiston)
Thursday
10am               St Mary’s, Polstead

Please note:

(1)  In addition to the services above, some 3rd Sunday (Joint Benefice) and 5th Sundays (Joint Deanery) services will also be Holy Communion Services.

(2)  Additional mid-week Holy Communion Services will take place on Principal Festivals (as announced)

What other services take place in the Benefice each week?

Week 1          
Sunday
10am               ‘First Sunday’ – Leavenheath Village Hall
10am               Morning Prayer – St Mary’s, Wissington (Wiston) 
6.30pm           Evensong – St James’, Nayland

Week 2          
Sunday
10am               Morning Prayer – St Matthew’s, Leavenheath
10am               Cafe Church – St James’, Nayland

Week 3          
Sunday
10am                Joint Benefice Service – Rotates around the Benefice
.                            (February in Stoke, March in Nayland, April in Stoke, May in Wissington)
6.30pm            ‘Evening Praise’ – Leavenheath Village Hall
6.30pm            Compline – St Mary’s, Stoke by Nayland

Week 4          
Sunday
10am               Morning Prayer – St Mary’s, Polstead
10am               Morning Prayer – St Mary’s, Stoke by Nayland
4pm                  Messy Church – St Mary’s, Stoke by Nayland
.                           (see notices for venue as this does sometimes change)
6.30pm           Evensong – St Mary’s, Wissington (Wiston)

Week 5          
Sunday
10.30am         Joint Deanery Service in another church in out wider deanery
.                            (April – Hintlesham)
6.30pm             Evensong – St Mary’s, Polstead

Notices will be put up in churches with details of all services in that particular church.

Details of all services for the coming month, including non-Eucharistic services, can always be found here

For more information please contact The Revd Mark Woodrow (Priest in Charge)