Today, this morning we celebrate all the Saints of God, and this afternoon commemorate all the souls of our loved ones who have died
As Christians, we are used to praying. Prayer is the life-breath of our relationship with God and is of enormous benefit, both to ourselves and for those for whom we pray. We stand within a tradition in which prayer is not just for the living, but is also for the dead, the ‘departed’. Indeed, we pray for them at every eucharist just as we pray for the living. We rightly understand that with the Saints, with the living and the departed, we are all part of one community, the Church.
Sunday 1st November 2020 10.00am the Parish Eucharist for All Saints Day at S Michael's Stokenham
In addition this Eucharist will also be streamed via our website www.stmichaels-stokenham.co.uk / www.stmartins-sherford.co.uk Check the time of the broadcast there.
Sunday 1st November 2020 4.00pm Commemoration of All Soul's Requiem Eucharist S Michael's Stokenham. If you are coming to this service and wish us to read out the name of your loved one and light a candle for them please telephone LyndaTrout on 01548 580489 before the service.
S Martin's Sherford will be also open today from 10.00am – 4.00pm for private prayer.
Wednesday 4th November: 10.00am said celebration of the Eucharist at S Michael's with time to rest apart from the 'busyness' of our lives for prayer and reflection.
Forthcoming Sunday Services:
NEXT SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER:
S MICHAEL'S STOKENHAM: 10.55 ACT OF REMEMBRANCE AND EUCHARIST FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
ST MARTIN'S SHERFORD : 10.55 ACT OF REMEMBRANCE AND EUCHARIST FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER: 1100 PARISH EUCHARIST FOR THE PATRONAL FESTIVAL OF ST MARTIN OF TOURS AT S MARTIN'S SHERFORD
SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER (CHRIST THE KING) 10.00 THE EUCHARIST AT S MICHAEL'S STOKENHAM
Please keep in your prayers those elected to serve on the District Church Council of S Martin's Sherford:
Deputy Churchwardens: Juliet Towell and Judy Dix
DCC members: Peter Boult, Liz Davies, Peter Hadley, Liz Marshall, Juliet Towell, Judy Dix
Deanery Synod member:Juliet Towell
Preparing to come to church:
Please try not to arrive more than 15 minutes before the service. Numbers are limited by social distancing, so it is 'first come first served'!
· If you are attending church with someone from your household, then please do sit together. Your ‘group/bubble’ must however be two metres from your neighbour. Individuals must please sit 2 metres from each other. You will be asked to sit in a particular pew.
· If you fall into the ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ group you will need to make your own decision as to whether you come to church or not, based on your health and safety needs.
· When you arrive in church, your name will be recorded and kept for track and trace purposes, so that if anyone should report they are having symptoms of COVID-19 after attending a church service we know who was there. This information will be destroyed after 21days. Please complete the consent form for this on entry to the Church or use the QR code if you have the NHS Test and Trace App.
· Face masks are required.
· We are sorry but we cannot allow dogs in Church
It has been really wonderful to see so many of you returning to public worship and also being prepared to travel between our two lovely churches to attend services at both. It makes our Parish feel even more united! We continue to look forward to being able to sing our praises and have live music at some point but do not know when this might be possible yet.
Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Ordinary Time which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.
'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end. But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers and reflections: 0800 804 804