Message from the Ministry Team:
We have been looking at the pattern of our online services for the coming few weeks. We have decided to have a Eucharist service on the first Sunday of the month, an All Age Service on the second Sunday and Services of the Word the third and fourth Sundays. Please see below for individual services including the reading sheet and the order of service.
May 31st will be Pentecost and we will have a Eucharist service. There will also be a Eucharist service at 10.30am on Ascension Day.
To all members of the Congregation at St John’s Abbeydale and Holy Trinity Millhouses:
From the Vicarage
Dear friends in Christ
There is no doubt we live in unprecedented times, not one of us will have experienced anything quite like the times we are going through at the moment. Only a few short weeks ago we were considering the impact of receiving our communion in one element, a week later public acts of worship were suspended but we were allowed to have our buildings open for private prayer. On Monday of this week it was announced that all churches were to be closed, no one is allowed to enter, clergy are not permitted to be in church, not even to say our prayers on our own. So our church buildings remain locked for the foreseeable future.
As we approach Holy Week and Easter it is hard not to imagine journeying with our Lord on the road to Calvary and then on the greatest day celebrating his glorious resurrection.
We may feel bereft at this moment, we may miss all that is familiar to us by not being able to join together to worship in our lovely buildings, but remember he is always with us, walking along side us, guiding us, wherever may be, whatever situation we may be in. We are his disciples, the Body of Christ, the sign of his sacramental presence in this broken world.
On a practical note, one of our biggest challenges is how to keep in touch, I know many of you are already making contact with folk, doing bits of shopping etc. much will be happening that is unseen. I commend to you the parish support group set up by Liz Frost. Liz will, with a team of volunteers co-ordinate help with shopping or prescription collection for those who need to self-isolate or who are housebound at this time. Liz can be contacted on 0114 2351828 or 07884078489 if you can either help and be part of the team or if you would like some help. Please don’t be afraid to ask!
I encourage you all to look out for one another, please take a moment each day to contact someone from the church family, a short call can mean all the world on a day when that person might not have any contact with the outside world.
We hope that later this year will be able to continue with ‘difference’ our Lent course, please keep your booklets!
The continuing prayer life of the parish is vital, modern technology means that Angie, Gerrie, Ian and I can pray together each day at 9.30am from our homes. Be assured of our continuous prayers. If you can, pause at 9.30 perhaps light a candle and join with us, as we pray for our world at this critical time. Our hope is that shortly we will be able to stream our service live so you can join with us, meanwhile you should be able to access a recorded version from Monday next week.
Please keep taking a look at our website. Each week the Sunday readings and a reflection on the readings will be published on this page, and other material will be added to encourage us through Holy Week and Easter. If you can’t access the web site please let us know so we can make arrangements to let you have information.
Please take care of yourselves, stay safe, each one of you is precious in the eyes of God.
With every blessing in these extraordinary times
Whilst we have closed our collection points for the foodbank you can still help with this vital work by making cash payments to the Grace Food bank direct.
Full details can be found on their website:
Many people in our community are still leaving gifts for the Food Bank in the porches of our two churches, at St John's Abbeydale and Holy Trinity Millhouses, despite notices saying they are closed. With this in mind and to make sure the Food Bank receives the donations, there is now a collection point in the porch at the vicarage, 80 Millhouses Lane S7 2HB. Any contributions will be delivered to the Food Bank every Thursday.
Day of Pentecost - 31st May
Sunday after Ascension Day - 24th May
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 17th May
Fifth Sunday of Easter: 10th May
Due to copyright restrictions our service recordings do not include the music.
Fourth Sunday of Easter: 3rd May
Sadly no video is available from this service due to copyright issues.
Third Sunday of Easter: 26th April
Second Sunday of Easter: 19th April
Easter Sunday: 12th April
Palm Sunday: 5th April
See below a recording of the service for Palm Sunday from Peter, Angie, Ian and Gerrie:
Below is a recorded video of Morning Prayer said by Peter, Angie, Gerrie and Ian each morning. In the image below, we see the hand of God blessing Jesus as he sets off on his journey towards the cross.
Please find details below from Philippa to join Cafe Church this Sunday 24th May, 4.00pm.
If you haven't experienced Cafe Church before why not give it a go?!
We will be holding Cafe Church at 4pm this Sunday, 24th May and the theme will be "light up the world" as part of Thy Kingdom Come. This will be a joint service for Holy Trinity, St John's and St Peter & St Oswald's. Please email email@example.com for the zoom meeting details.
If you would like to join in, please bring:
- a piece of paper each (probably A4 - big enough to fit your hand on)
- a pen/pencil each
- a glass jar (each if you can manage it. Size/shape doesn't matter, as long as you can fit a tealight through the opening)
- some tissue paper
- some PVA glue (and something to spread it with)
- or instead of tissue paper & glue, pens that will write on glass.
And of course because it's Cafe Church, please do come with a cup of tea!
If you don't have any of those resources, I can deliver some to you. I have a (limited) number of glass jars, lots of tealights, plenty of tissue paper and plenty of PVA that I could decant and deliver. Let me know, before Saturday, and I am very happy to drop some round to you.
Of course, the crafts aren't mandatory, so if you are happy just to watch others decorate a jar, just bring yourself - and ideally a pen and paper.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday,
Philippa Wilson (Children and Families Worker)
Digital Resources from the Church of England:
Please see the Church of England's Website for Prayers and Worship. See also ways to worship online below:
#LiveLent: Care for God's Creation - the Church of England's Lent campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This daily audio content is available via the app and daily emails. Sign up for free.
The BBC's Daily Service and Sunday Worship - radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts.
Prayer for the day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
Smart speakers – daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps.
Live streaming services - users can watch live streams of services from a range of churches and we will be improving AChurchNearYou.com in the days ahead to make this clearer.
More information, guidance and worship is available at: