SOME GENTLE REMINDERS
I’d like to remind everyone of a few things –
* In order to enable social-distancing please don’t sit in the roped-off pews. In response to feedback we are making the signage clearer. Please be particularly aware of the people around you, bearing in mind that some people feel more comfortable than others about being in public.
* After a service (and particularly the 10am Parish Mass) please could you all leave the building fairly promptly, so that we can clean the building in preparation for the next service. I realise that many of you want to catch up and are delighted to see one another, but safety invites us to disperse relatively quickly.
* It’s also important that we model good practice outside as well as inside. Talking outside is better, but please don’t gather around the entrance/exits of the church after Mass, particularly on the south (Charles Street) side, and keep social distancing when doing so. Last week, there were a number of pedestrians seeking to come through the churchyard path and it was difficult for them to do so safely. If you would like to talk to someone can I suggest that you come inside the cloister courtyard or go further out into the street.
Apologies for this direction, but I’m sure you’ll agree it is important. I recognise that not everyone feels able to come to church at present or to receive Communion whilst at church. If you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch.
This Sunday we continue our series of July reflective Evensongs. This week Philip Berg, our occasional organist and organist to the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, will be playing a short recital from just after 5.30pm, with Evensong beginning at 6pm. Do come and listen to him and stay on for the service, at which Andy Puddifoot will offer a reflection on his own personal experience during lockdown thus far and the pandemic.
Recital before the service
Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C (BWV 564) – J. S. Bach
Ciacona in E minor – Buxtehude
O Gott, du frommer Gott – Karg-Elert
Rhosymedre – Vaughan Williams
During the Service
Psalm Prelude, Set 1, No. 1 (Ps. 34, v. 6) – Howells
(“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”)
After the Service
Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele (BWV 654) – J. S. Bach
CHILDREN’S MASSES IN JULY
It was great to start off our services again so well last Sunday. We had our Children’s Mass in the Nave, and hopefully managed to make it interactive whilst also socially-distanced! We will continue to have Children’s Masses at 11.30am for the next two Sundays (12th and 19th) and then on the final Sunday in July …
Originally scheduled to take place in May, we have now decided to hold this service on the last Sunday in July (26th) at 11.30am in the Vicarage Garden (or in church if wet). You may have seen a September date mentioned, but the July date is probably better to finish off the year and we can have a ‘back to school’ service on the first Sunday in September. We look forward to meeting your feathered, furry and scaly friends!
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY
8am Low Mass
9am Morning Prayer
10am Parish Mass (live streamed, links and orders of service can be found on the Welcome page here)
11.30am Children’s Mass
6.00pm Organ Recital (from 5.30pm) and Evensong with reflection
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED. As part of the recommendation for opening church to the public we need a large group of people to help with brief but regular cleaning of surfaces within church. This can be done in your own time, appropriate protection and materials will be provided and is neither time-consuming nor difficult. Volunteers should be people who are not considered to be in the vulnerable. Please consider offering your help for a job perhaps as little as once a fortnight that will take less than half an hour, and for a limited period only.
FiSH OPEN GARDENS. Like many other events this is going virtual this year but Fr Stephen shares the Vicarage garden, along with parishioners Fiona and Andrew Brannon and Coralie and James Day too! You can see the gardens here.
PARISH OFFICE. During this time of reduced activity, the Parish Office will be open for half its usual hours. To ensure consistent cover a few hours will be covered each day Monday to Thursday, so please do keep using the office email as a contact point.
CALLING ALL COOKS. Please do send the Parish Office your favourite recipes for our Parish Cookbook. Here’s what we are looking for:
• Recipes with a list of ingredients and a short and clear method.
• A broad spread from savoury to sweet and baking, for adults and children.
• Recipes can be familiar favourites but with your own title (e.g. Lizzie’s Shepherd’s Pie) or a family recipe with a personal twist. If you have a personal story to add to it even better.
• No food pics (very hard to look good!) but may ask for a pic of you doing food prep to illustrate and bring to life.
• Up to 3 recipes per person.
The Parish Office will edit and have it professionally printed. The Cookbook will be sold as a unique gift to raise parish funds and will retail at something like £15 or £20. In due course we will ask for advance orders to ensure an adequate print run.