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Dear Friends, Parents and Carers,
I’d like to share with you an All Age Service on a ‘YouTube Playlist’ for you to experience in your homes.
By clicking on this link you’ll go straight to the first video in the playlist…
Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with such internet things.
Once it opens it starts and runs automatically; if you want it on full screen, click on the square in the bottom right hand corner.
If possible use a computer rather than a phone, to help you read the words on my monitor.
On the first video I give some explanations to help you manage and get the best from this Playlist.
This YouTube playlist, is not just a ‘Worship Service’ but also each week it’ll have ideas and suggestions with family creative activities, worship, devotionals and keep fit!!! I refer to these as ‘Supports’.
I’ve been feeling very mindful of the new challenges so many of you are facing with so much time at home with the children and young people, so I want to do anything I can to support and encourage you.
I’ve been sifting through and checking out loads of resources online and each Saturday I will hopefully offer you a fresh batch along with a new All Age Worship Service.
Please send me any good ideas that you’re happy for me to share with others.
Even if you don’t have children at home, feel free to forward this onto any friends and family who may benefit.
The SCOUTS have produced a fantastic resource: sharing over 100 fun ideas for the ‘Great Indoors’. Click on this link and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Some of you have already received the excellent CEOP Internet Safety activities email below mine. If not do check it out… the internet can be a great blessing, but also there are great risks / dangers and this season of restricted outside opportunities, children and young people are so vulnerable with everything so available online.
If you’d like any further e safety suggestions do get in touch.
I’ve attached 3 ‘word’ docs, 2 for adults / parents and 1 for children or the young at heart.
This season is an extraordinary new challenge in so many ways.
Some of you are working harder than ever and for that, the rest of us are so very thankful.
Even though we’re physically separated, this a simple way we can keep in touch to share whatever care and support we’re able.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast at 8am on Sunday 22nd March, as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis
The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday at 8am as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together after public church services were put on hold.
Churches of all major denominations will also be marking a national day of prayer and action this Sunday – Mothering Sunday – particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services.
St Stephen’s Church will be open on this Sunday between 9am and 11am and Monday 23rd 2pm and 3.30pm for private prayer.
The UK government and the Church of England have introduced many new measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 or coronavirus, including cancelling church services and events. Many events advertised in church communications have been cancelled or postponed. Please check our social media and websites for updates and contact the organisers before attending any of the events.
These have been brought under our attention:
- No Easter lilies – Rosemary will return all envelopes in her possession
- All youth groups
- 18 March – North Mundham Playing Field AGM : Postponed until further notice
- 18 April – North Mundham Flower Show : Postponed
It is with much sadness that we have to announce that we are cancelling all church services and events* for the foreseeable future, in accordance with the announcement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on Tuesday. Read the announcement.
St Stephen’s Church will open for private prayer – more details to follow.
* The suspension of public worship does not apply to weddings, funerals, baptisms, and licensing.
* The only event that is still standing at the moment, is the meeting with Rev Luke on 2 April at 7:30pm.
* A decision still has to be made about the APCM. – details to follow.
More information about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s announcement can be found this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship
In view of the cancellation of all church services, there will be no Easter lilies as the Easter Service is cancelled.
Rosemary will return all envelopes that she has in her possession.
Lent begins Wednesday 26th February.
Do come and join us for our Ash Wednesday communion service at 6pm in St Stephen’s
The new church cleaning rota is now available. If you are on the rota please collect your copy from the church.
They will be in the porch with your name on. If you no longer want to remain on the list then please inform Lynn.
I would like to thank all of you for the splendid work you do to keep our church so clean.
(In aid of St Stephen’s Church Funds)
Saturday 4th April 2020
6.40pm for 7.00pm prompt start
Ticket Price £12.50
Fish & Chips Supper / Raffle
Please bring your own drink and glasses
Maximum 6 per team
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 1st MARCH 2020!!
WHEN THEY’RE GONE THEY’RE GONE!!
Please ring Annette/Alan Rees [01243 532092]