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.
Messages from the Vicarage
June 2020: The opening of churches for private prayer:
I hope this newsletter finds you all fit and well.
This past week you will I am sure be aware that an announcement was made regarding the opening of churches for individual private prayer.
The government guidance said that this was a permission, not a requirement. It means that churches may open, not that they must. The decision whether to open or not, when and for how long is our responsibility. This means that before opening, even for an hour or two at agreed times, we have to be satisfied that it can be done safely, that the recommended health and safety guidelines are followed, and visitors in each place of worship will comply with social distancing guidelines. For our churches to open, we have to be confident that we have the resources to do this.
After much thought, prayer and conversations with your church wardens, together we have decided that we can open both our churches for a limited amount of time each week:
St John’s – from 10.15am – 12.15pm starting this coming Monday 22nd June, and then every Monday and Thursday.
Holy Trinity – from 10.15am to 12.15pm starting this coming Saturday 20th June, and then every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
I hope that, if possible you will feel able to visit either of our churches, the opening times will be stewarded, and there will be a designated area for you to sit, a laminated prayer card to help you pray will be available (to be returned for cleaning).
I know how important it is too many of you to be able to spend time in prayer in the sacred space of our churches, this may not be an ideal situation, but it is hopefully the beginning of the journey back to us being able to share in our worship together. We may seem to being cautious but our upmost priority is your safety.
I continue to hold you all in my prayers
April 2020: Easter Message
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.
Worship for this Sunday
5th Sunday after Trinity - 12th July
Worship for Past Sundays
4th Sunday after Trinity - 5th July
3rd Sunday after Trinity - 28th June
2nd Sunday after Trinity - 21st June
1st Sunday after Trinity - 14th June
Sadly, due to technical issues, no video is available for this service.
Trinity Sunday - 7th June
Due to copyright restrictions our service recordings do not include the music.
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.
Morning Prayer Order of Service in Ordinary Time (click for pdf file):
Cafe Church is this Sunday afternoon (21st) at 4pm. If you would like to join us, please use the same Zoom code as Sunday mornings.
This month we'll be focusing on the Parable of the Prodigal Son and Fathers' Day.
All you need is a piece of paper (and colouring pens/pencils if you're feeling creative). We'll be using it for some very simple origami, so square paper is ideal, but A4 is fine too, and I'll show you the easiest way of making it square.
(Three year-olds can probably press down the folds, if an adult folds them into the right place. And if they don't have the patience for that, a normal piece of paper and something to colour with be just fine!)
And if you prefer percussion/dancing to singing then please bring your tools of choice for that!
Anyone and everyone is welcome.
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: