Message from the Ministry Team:
Beginning on the 9th August we will be opening one church for a said Holy Communion Service at 10.00am. We begin with two Sundays at Holy Trinity, 9th & 16th, followed by two Sundays at St John's, 23rd & 30th.
Provisional services for September and October can be found on the calendar.
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 restrictions all places for services will, for the foreseeable future, have to be pre-booked. Please contact the Parish Office on 0114 2490377 / or email firstname.lastname@example.org by the latest midday on the Wednesday prior to the service.
Postal bookings should be sent to the vicarage, 80 Millhouses Lane, Sheffield S7 2HB with the envelope clearly marked ‘Service Booking’.
All services could be subject to change – please check the website for information.
Messages from the Vicarage
September 2020: 8am Holy Communion and Morning Prayer
As the situation continues to evolve, there will be, for a trial period, one 8.00am BCP Service per month. This will be on the first Sunday of the month at St John's, beginning this Sunday 6th September.
The same guidelines will be followed as at the 10.00am Eucharist, ie, face covering must be worn, hand sanitizer to be used, track & trace, social distancing, communion received in one element, etc. The service will take place in the main body of the church.
Please let me know directly if you wish to attend by email or telephone.
Morning Prayer via Zoom will be said at 9.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Tuesday 8th September. Below are the service booklets for both days. The access details for Zoom are as before, please email email@example.com if you would like to attend and don't have these details.
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
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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.
16th Sunday after Trinity - 27th September
15th Sunday after Trinity - 20th September
14th Sunday after Trinity - 13th September
A comment on Evil from Rt Rev Prof Tom Wright:
Evil is an intruder Into Gods creation. Any attempt to analyse either what it is, why it’s allowed or what God does with it—apart from the clear statement that God overcomes it through Jesus death for sinners—is not only trying to put the wind into a bottle; it is supposing that we can imagine an orderly universe in which ‘evil ‘ has an appropriate and allowable place. The problem with evil was solved at the foot of the cross.
Tom Wright: God and the Pandemic SPCK 2020
13th Sunday after Trinity - 6th September
12th Sunday after Trinity - 30th August
8th Sunday after Trinity - 2nd August
7th Sunday after Trinity - 26th July
Due to copyright restrictions our service recordings do not include the music.
Morning Prayer via Zoom will be said at 9.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Tuesday 8th September. To the right are the service booklets for both days.
The access details for Zoom are as before, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend and don't have these details.