Welcome to the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

St Osyth Church, Church Square, St Osyth, Clacton on Sea, Essex, Co16 8NU                                                                   Charity No. X96628 (St Osyth PCC)

St Osyth Parish Church is a beautiful building which lies in the centre of the village.  Whether you are a member of a congregation or a visitor, or just passing and drawn by spiritual need we hope you will find our Church a welcoming and uplifting place to be.  You will not be visiting a museum but a lively centre of worship and music.  It is a happy, special place and we hope you will join us both in worship and in the many activities that are organised here at St Peter and St Paul. You are very welcome at any of our services and we trust you will find peace, joy and friendship within our inclusive and enthusiastic Church family. 

Our Church is both used and loved in equal proportion even during pandemics!!

Every Blessing

Sharon

There will be 8am and 11am  Services every Sunday now!!!

Notices 29.8.21.

Thank-you to Dollar and Meena of the Nisa Stores, St Osyth and Point Clear for their kindness and generosity

Since September 2019, Dollar and Meena have donated every 5p from the sale of plastic bags in their stores to St Osyth Church.

The total that they have donated from September 2019 to June 2021 is:

£4041.50

Our very grateful thanks to them for their kindness and generosity, which, particularly in the past eighteen months, has contributed significantly to ensuring that the Church’s financial position remains secure.

It is great to be able to sing in Church again, we can also leave our masks off when we are sitting down, receive Holy Communion at the altar rail (with our masks on while we are moving around) and stay after Church for a cup of tea or coffee if we wish to.

It is so uplifting to be able to sing again!

Please do remember to sanitise as you come in and don’t forget to wear your mask until you sit down.

Every Blessing

Sharon

Wedding Coordinator

Wedding Coordinator.  All wedding enquiries and bookings for St. Osyth Parish Church and Great Bentley Parish Church are to go to Helen Brown. weddings.stosythchurch@hotmail.com/07969484504.

 

Rosemary Roberts

It is with great sadness that we heard the death of Rosemary Roberts, she was such a familiar face in our church.  Our thoughts are with Mark and the family at this time.

The Pew Sheet

Should you have any Notices that you would like put on the Pew Sheet, please ensure that they are with Monica (monmarharv@gmail.com) by 8.30am on a Friday morning ready for the Pew Sheet to be sent out later in the day.  Thank-you.

Although the Pew Sheet is now being sent out electronically, to save on both paper and time, there will be 10 copies in Church on the table for those who are not able to receive it via iPad/Computer.  Do take one

After Church Refreshments and Pop in

After Church refreshments on a Sunday and Saturday Pop-In have started again!  10am to 11.30am.

A few Covid restrictions will still have to be in place but we hope we can all enjoy sitting and chatting  with friends.

Advertising Pop-In

Congratulations and thank-you to Sue Butters who designed a very attractive and upbeat board advertising Pop-In at the Church on Saturday mornings at 10am.

Hopefully when the boards are displayed around the village they will attract people to join us for tea and coffee.

Bell Ringing Practice

As from 1st September 2021 Wednesday Bell Practice will now take place at 1.30 – 3.30 and 7.30 – 9pm.

Live long, love well and smile everyday.

Helen Bridgman

‘Praise in Community Donations’ for People arriving from Afghanistan

Last week Essex County Council launched an appeal for donations of clothes and other items for people arriving from Afghanistan.  As a Church we were going to spread the word and ask for donations too which could be taken to a designated centre.

However on Wednesday, 31st August, the acceptance of new donations was paused following an over-whelming response from Essex residents.

‘The centres saw an outpouring of support from kind-hearted people wanting to help.  The British Red Cross will now sort through all the donations received to date and will distribute them to families’.

                                                                                    Taken from the Essex County Council web site.

We are sure that more items will be needed, so when the Appeal is opened again we will let you know.

Meanwhile thank-you to Ruth for her kindness (Jerry the Butcher’s daughter) in offering to collect any items taken to his shop and deliver them to one of Essex County Council’s collection points.

It is so good to hear how very generous people have been to the homeless people arriving from Afghanistan.

Sonia 

NEWS

To All the Church Family.

There will be a regular 8am and 11am service each Sunday as well as 10am Service on Thursdays    

We do still need to make sure we follow the rules with social distancing, wearing a face mask and sanitising our hands but it is truly  wonderful to be together regularly again. 

I do hope you are all keeping well, take care. 

Every blessing  Sharon 

The Church will still be open for private prayer. However, if you go to the Church during the day and find the door locked it is because there are people cleaning inside.

If you do visit the Church, please do be sure to sanitise your hands and only touch the items you need to.

Do take extra care and look after yourselves and those you care about.

Every blessing

Revd Sharon20

The church will remain  open daily for private prayer & for the receipt of Food Bank donations  – please don’t forget your face coverings.  As usual, we will be taking sensible precautions of course to prevent cross infection.  There will be a table in front of the door with a sanitiser, disposable gloves and paper hand towels, all these to be used to keep you safe.

See you soon.

Every Blessing

Sharon

UPDATE on Covid Infection Rates in the village and Keeping Safe

Good News!  The number of confirmed cases of Covid 19 for the week ending 24th April was less than three!

Let us hope and pray that this trend continues so that there will be

 ‘light at the end of this dark tunnel!’

Covid News

HARWICH CONNECTIONS for Coronavirus Vaccinations for patients who mainly attend the Gt Bentley surgery

If you have a bus pass this is a free service to take you to the Fryatt Hospital at Harwich for your vaccination.

To book your appointment please ring

01255 552010 and make sure you have your appointment time ready to tell the operator.

But please ring the above number for all further information.

Office hours; Monday to Thursday 8am to 4.30pm

                        Friday 8am to 4pm.

There is a facility to leave a message  and they will call you back.

The transport will of course be socially distanced with a maximum of 4 bubbles allowed.  There are tails lifts for easy access if needed.

WARNING!   There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. THIS IS A SCAM – the NHS will NEVER ask you for your bank details!!

Our lives and routines are still disrupted by Covid 19 and the ever changing regulations and restrictions.  However,  we shall continue to keep you fully up to date with Church news through the website as much as possible.  All links for the most current and up to date news will be found here on the Front Page!!

If you would like to make donation to the Church now or in the future the details of how you can do it can be found if you click here.

Keep up to date on the new Church FaceBook page – click here…. 

Lockdown initiatives from local supermarkets and food storesClick here for more information

SALVATION ARMY FOOD BANK – We will still be collecting for the Salvation Army and ask you to leave your gifts in the Church Porch.  They still need food donations particularly during this unprecedented time of alarm surrounding the coronavirus – for example tinned fish, rice, hot chocolate, dried mashed potato, powdered and Long Life milk, sugar, fruit juice and squashes – all supplies are currently low and all help is gratefully appreciated! If you are self isolating and cannot get out arrangements have been made with local stores  click here for more details of how and where to help.

Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2021 ​St Osyth Parish Church and St Osyth Royal British Legion​

The annual Remembrance Service this year was filmed in our church in advance. The service is now available for you to watch online via the link below:

Remembrance Day Service 

Safeguarding

We are committed to Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/ or on the safeguarding pages of the Chelmsford Diocese: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding

Details of our Parish Safeguarding representative can be found on the noticeboard in the Church.  Our Parish Safeguarding  representative, Sonia Grantham, can be contacted at sonia.grantham@me.com

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