St Osyth Parish Church and Coronavirus

23.3.20.

Sadly, we have now been told by Chelmsford Diocese to close our Church.

We will still be collecting for the Salvation Army and ask you to leave your gifts in the Church Porch.

There will also be a folder in the Porch for you to add the names of those you would like included in prayer – I will light a candle for each name added.

Please do take care of yourselves and ensure that you keep yourself at a safe distance from others.

Revd Sharon

Pew Sheet 29.3.20.

   Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of  St Osyth 

of the Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 29th March 2020

 The 5th Sunday of Lent

 Collect

Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Vicar: Revd. Sharon Miles

Tel:  01255 822055 – e mail revdsmiles@hotmail.com

Please note Sharon’s day off is on Wednesday

For Admin & Weddings/PCC Secretary only

Tel: 01255 821362 (ansaphone) 

or email stosythparishchurch@hotmail.com (Admin only)

weddings.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

 For more up to date information use

www. stosythparishchurch.co.uk

or on Facebook.com/stosythparishchurch

A Prayer for Our Time

By Danny Wright

This prayer is being written as an intercession to which a response is requested:-

Lord as the seriousness of our situation is slowly sinking in we give you thanks for the heroic acts of selfless service and kindness being carried out by those working in our health service, the care sector and the emergency services, in whatever capacity, as they struggle to support us. Let us remember they too have families and loved ones that they are concerned about yet they are responding to the call to perform their duty and are setting a good example to all of us.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

We pray for those who have the responsibility of guiding us through this exceptional state of emergency. May they be granted the wisdom and foresight to act appropriately, and in a timely manner, so that the protection and preservation of life can be as effective as changing circumstances will allow.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

We pray for all those involved in the production and distribution of the goods and services that we require to maintain essential supplies for the preservation of life.  May they be able to cope with the demands being made upon them. We also remember our responsibility to act with care, consideration, kindness, compassion to, and thought for, others.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

Finally Lord we pray for all those who sadly will fall ill, and may die, during this pandemic. Please be with them and their family, friends and colleagues. Give them the strength to cope.

LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

 Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham is making real progress and the dialysis is working at home. Please pray that this continues.
  • Please say a special prayer for Nick Lee who is awaiting the result of tests to learn how it is proposed that they will deal with his illness.
  • Following her recent heart operation, Dominie, Shirley’s daughter, continues to make very good progess.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela; Chisato Takaya; Peggy; Nina Hatchett, Sienna, Peter, Pamela and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died including Yrina Morgan-Kendall and Graham Rouse.
  • Pray for our village, the residents, visitors and staff of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Castle Way, Chapel Lane, Chisbon Heath, Church Square, Clacton Road, Clay Lane, Clinton Close, Club Parade and Cockett Wick Lane.
 

Todays Gospel Reading John 11:1-45
14 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus  had already been in the tomb four days.   Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles  away,   and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.   When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.   Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.   But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”   Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”   Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”   Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,   and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.   Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”
Jesus began to weep.  So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”   Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.   I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”   When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”   The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

~~NOTICES~~

I headed the Pew Sheet last week with the notice ‘The Church is Open’, who would have believed so much could change in such a short time.

Sadly as we all know our church is closed. We are keeping contact via the Church website and Facebook. Do use them as Allison Bond and Helen Brown are doing a fantastic job putting all the information we receive on these two websites. Thank-you to them both.

Rev’d Sharon in Hospital

As I write Rev’d Sharon was admitted to hospital last night 24th March – she has a serious kidney infection. At the present time we do not know when she will be allowed home, but we will keep you updated via our media websites

Meanwhile please keep Sharon in your prayers.

N.B. The dogs are safe in the kennels which they enjoy going to!

Our Food Bank

Our Food Bank, like all other food banks, can remain opn with the blessing of th Bishops. So the outer door of the porch remains open and items may be placed in there. Please do, when having your daily exercise, remember the vulnerable and leave an item/s.

Very many thanks.

Please ensure that you maintain social distancing both outside and inside the porch.

The Weathervane.

Really lovely news on the proposed new weathervane. We have noe received the Faculty giving us permission to go ahead. For the first time ever in the thirty years that Tom Grantham has been applying for faculties on behalf of St. Osyth Church, the Chancellor of the Diocese has commented on our proposal. He has written:

‘This is a delightful project and a fine memorial to a generous parishioner.;

That was very good to read. It will be put up on the Tower but rather later than planned.

Financial Help from Nisa Stores

Many of you will remember that the Nisa Stores are giving the church every 5p they charge when they sell a plastic bag. In December we raised £631.60 from Dollar and in March this year £556.30. This means that they have generoursly donated £1192.90 to our Church Funds in the past six months. How brilliantly kind is that?

Our very grateful thanks go to them.

 Coffees and Teas

Coffees and teas in February raised £334.86 for Church Funds. We know that the next few months will be poor financially, but it is the social interaction that is going to be much missed too.

We live in extraordinary times!

Sermon for Mothering Sunday 2020

It is a very strange way to start Mothering Sunday – preaching to an empty church!

However, needs must at this difficult time and I have decided that just because you cannot be present to hear it, does mean you should not get to read it.

Mothering Sunday has a number of names – 4th Sunday of Lent, Mid-Lent Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, Simnel Sunday and of course the name I have already used Mothering Sunday. Hopefully most of these names will be explained as I go on.

The season of Lent was a real time of abstinence, where Christians would really deny themselves and would exist on just one meal a day – relying on God’s strength to get them through the 40 days leading up to Easter. Realising how exhausted the people would get on such a reduced amount of food, everyone was encouraged to go to their Mother Church (the Church where they would have been baptised and confirmed) halfway through Lent in order to be strengthened with the bread and wine. For many of them, their parents and other family members would live close to their Mother Church and it was a good opportunity to meet and have a meal together. The service in their home church would have refreshed them spiritually and the opportunity to meet up with family and share a meal together would have refreshed them physically.

The name ‘Simnel Sunday’ comes from a cake that was often eaten, it was a fruit cake with a layer of marzipan and was often decorated with marzipan balls, to symbolise the disciples although not all of them, Judas is left off. The name Simnel Sunday is thought to have come from ‘simila’ the roman word for fine flour.

The name Mother’s Day is very much a consumer name and is thought to have come about by – yes you guessed it, by the card makers.

As we are reminded about the journey of Lent in this difficult time when the church buildings are unavailable for a time, please do not forget that the building is not the Church, you and all those who believe in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the living Church, who through prayer, love and discipleship encourage the work, love and peace of God to be known and shared.                       Keep up the God work!

Pew Sheet for 22.3.20

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of St Osyth

of the Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 22nd March 2020

 The 4th Sunday of Lent 

Mothering Sunday
  

 The Bible Readings

8am Holy Communion, 1 Sam 1. 20-end

Luke 2. 33-35

Sung Communion Eph. 5. 8-14

John 19. 25-27

 Collect

God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful: watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel Reading

John 19:25-27

And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

A Prayer for Our Time

By Shirley Wells

Dear Lord,  As Christians, we turn to you in times of fear and uncertainty, as we do in times of joy and celebration.  We pray that your love, your mercy and truth will dwell in us and show us how to face the challenges of the new  coronavirus.  Take away the fear, anxiety and feelings of isolation  from people receiving treatment or under quarantine.   We pray for the elderly and those with underlying health issues, making them very vulnerable to this virus, and ask you to protect them from further harm.  We thank you for the initiative of supporting  the most vulnerable in our Village, and the willingness of these volunteers to help wherever they can.  May God bless them.   Be with those who are making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries and the wider world. Specifically, the medical professionals who are under enormous pressure at this time. Inspire those developing diagnostic tests and vaccines to prevent and eliminate the spread of the disease. 

As the schools in the UK prepare to close, we pray that children of all ages and from all backgrounds will be protected both physically and mentally.  We think about the young people who have been preparing for GCSE and A Level examinations, only to find that they are to be cancelled.  Let us pray that this decision will not bring hopelessness to them.  Lord, you are the God of hope and we ask that this will dwell in our young people.

In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen

Mother,

When I see all the things you do

I can tell your love for me is true.

I thank God he gave me you.

I love you through and through

For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham is making real progress and the dialysis is working at home. Dawn says they are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Please pray that this continues.
  • Please say a special prayer for Nick Lee who is awaiting the result of tests to learn how it is proposed that they will deal with his illness.
  • Following her recent heart operation, Dominie, Shirley’s daughter, continues to make very good progess and wishes to thank everyone for the amazing support and love she has received and is still receiving over the period of her illness and recovery.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Sienna, Peter, Pamela and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died including Yrina Morgan-Kendall and Graham Rouse.
  • Pray for our village, the residents, visitors and staff of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; the pupils, staff and administrators of our school; all those living and working in Beacon Way, Belair Estate, Bentley Road, Bishops Drive, Botanical Way, Botany Lane, Broadstrood, Brook Vale and Bypass Road.
  • Pray for those affected by coronavirus.
  • Pray for peace in all of God’s creation.
  • Pray that God guides all discussions by ministers and the EU.
  • Pray for doubting Christians and those who are being persecuted for their faith.
  • Pray for those who are responding to God’s call. Be with them as they work out their active role in this worshipping community.

NOTICES~~

Coffees and Teas

Coffees and teas in February raised £334.86 for Church Funds. We know that the next few months will be poor financially, but it is the social interaction that is going to be much missed too.

We live in extraordinary times!

Financial Help from Nisa Stores

Many of you will remember that the Nisa Stores are giving the church every 5p they charge when they sell a plastic bag. In December we raised £631.60 from Dollar and in March this year £556.30. This means that they have generoursly donated £1192.90 to our Church Funds in the past six months. How brilliantly kind is that?

Our very grateful thanks go to them.

Food Bank

We have been in touch with the Salvation Army Food Bank and they do ask that we keep giving as they are expecting, with children now home from school, that their stocks could run low.

Thank – you.

Church Cleaning

Although the need for cleaning of the church will be very low for the foreseeable future, please give some thought to serving the tems which either undertake to hoover the carpet or clean a small section of the church. When life returns to normal (when?) we will ask again.

Celebrating Easter

There will, we all know, be no public worship services taking place at Easter. Sharon will be saying prayers on behalf of everyone during Easter week and on Easter Sunday.

We all know that Easter lillies in the church is important to many of us. So if you would like to donate please put the amount in the envelope with your name, telephone number and the names of who the flowers are in memory. Please put through the Rev’d Sharon’s letter box in the Vicarage. The lillies will be in place in the church on Easter Sunday.

A big thank-you to Brenda for organising this.

A Very Early Notice!

Following the great success of our Christmas Fayre last year – preparations have begun for this year’s Fayre which is happening on Saturday, 28th November.  If you would like to book a table, please talk to Anne.

Update 18th March 2020 – please note this is now out of date information!!

In light of the announcement by the Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu that it is necessary to put public services on hold until further notice we want to share with you some immediate information:

  • St Osyth Parish Church will not be holding any public Church Services until further notice
  • The APCM, due to be held on Monday 23rd March is postponed until further notice
  • There will be no Saturday morning Pop-Ins until further notice.
  • The Mothering Sunday service will not take place, however, the little plants donated by the Smith Family, and handed out each year to mothers at this service, will be available for collection in the Church from Saturday 21st March in the afternoon. Please do come in and take ONE for your family.  This has long been a tradition in our Church which we wish to continue.
    • Please remember to observe ‘social distancing’ of 2metres if you meet anyone else in the Church.
    • If because you are self-isolating you cannot do thins please ring Sharon or Sonia who will try to organise a delivery.  Rev Sharon: 822055 Sonia Grantham: 820648
  • Tracey Cooke from the Salvation Army Food Bank has told us she is asking that people continue to donate food because they are anticipating that demand will rise significantly over the coming weeks/months
  • Rev Sharon and Sonia will be meeting again on Thursday 19th March and following that will be able to offer more information of how our Church can move forward as we face the challenge of Coronavirus.
  • Please do remember however, that at all times, St Osyth Parish Church is OPEN – every day from 8am – 4pm

Every Blessing,

Sharon and Sonia

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