Sundays 8th - 29th November
We received the very disappointing news that Public Worship in Church is to cease from 5th November - 2nd December 2020. There will therefore be no public worship inside our Churches on Remembrance Sunday 8th November or the other Sundays. We are able to have Acts of Remembrance and prayers at the War Memorials outside our churches beginning at 10.55am. Whether you are able to join us or not, please do keep those who have been killed or injured in war and their families, and the work of the Royal British Legion in your prayers today.
10.55am Act of Remembrance St Michaels Stokenham
10.55am Act of Remembrance St Martins Sherford
In addition to this you can join our Eucharist from St Michael Stokenham by watching it at home each Sunday online through our website ssbparish.co.uk or our YouTube channel. Check the time of the broadcast there.
Wednesdays in Lockdown
The Archbishops have asked us to make the month a month of prayer. They have recalled us to some of the fundamental disciplines of the Christian disciple – prayer, fasting and reading the Scriptures.
If you are able to access Zoom, I would like to invite you to pray Morning Prayer and/or Compline (Night Prayer) with me on Wednesdays:
Wednesday 10.00am Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday 8.00pm Night Prayer (Compline) and Prayers
You will need to have the Zoom software or App and to have registered with Zoom (https://zoom.us/) prior to the service, to participate. You will not need any service booklet because I will share this with you online. The service consists of psalms, readings and prayers with which we can all join in, and lasts about 15minutes . We can then grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a short Bible Study followed by a chat, finishing in no more than 40 minutes. The meeting ID is 560-019-2609. and the password is 1HBHiQ.
If you would like to use some notes to help you make a daily short reading of the Bible and reflect on it then you might try Bible Alive (a Roman Catholic publication but follows our daily and Sunday cycle of readings) at https://www.alivepublishing.co.uk/publications/bible-alive/ or
Bible Reading Fellowship
Fr Michael writes: Our public worship is absolutely at the heart of our Parish life. It is where we gather together around Our Lord as his family. It is the beating heart of the body of Christ, God's people. We cannot be properly sustained in our lives, in our acts of loving service, or in our very being without it. I really do think we have demonstrated as a Church that we can keep folk safe while coming together in offering worship and prayer for God's world. It is particularly through the sacramental life, that is, through the offering of the Eucharist as Jesus commanded us to do, and through our receiving of the Bread of Life in Holy Communion that we do the work we are called to do in this world; the work of loving our planet rather than harming it; of forgiving all the sinfulness that we encounter and helping to replace it with new life; and of trying to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives as we let him change us into more of his likeness. The Sacraments, and particularly those of Holy Communion, Baptism and Absolution, are not optional extras, they are the source and summit of what we as Christians are all about.
So I was very glad to see that our Archbishops had joined with the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and other faith leaders to write to the Prime Minister and impress upon him and the Government the importance of communal worship in our collective culture, and the heightened need for the kind of vision of hope for the future faith communities can bring at difficult times like these; and to remind him too of the many different types of community service given by people of faith that result from their public worship. We will have to wait and see if this leads to any releasing of any of the restrictions to enable us to recommence public worship!
In the meantime, we must be patient as we pray and yearn for the time when we can come together again and know that our hunger for the bread that only can satisfy, is a recognition of our dependence upon God. During this time of 'lockdown' we are able to keep both our churches open for private prayer and reflection. We will be doing this between 10.00am - 12.00noon at St Michael's from 15th November and from 8th November 10.00am – 4.00pm St Martins. You are very welcome to come in for any period of time, however short. Bring your prayers, for others, for our world and for yourself, perhaps your Bible, and most importantly, an intention to simply be in God's presence.