In time is on time!
Please find attached copy of the Benefice Magazine for May, with many thanks as always to Pam for her support in this. I trust this finds you well and hope to see you soon.
Every good wish,
N P Heron
Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-
Alleluia, Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed. Alleluia!
We are still in our great season of Easter so continued Easter greetings and best wishes. It might have been a chilly week but the sun has largely been out and I hope you've been able to enjoy some of this, there's even been a little rain for those gardeners among you -
There is nothing significant to add to the update in recent emails apropos the status of our public worship or church activities these as always may be found on our web site.
We do anticipate more changes as 17 May draws nearer but as this is provisional and as yet a little while off more anon. As always up to date information may be found at Church of England website and latest updates on guidance are also on our diocesan website.
WE'RE PRAYED FOR...
Yesterday I received a delightful email from Canon David Primrose from our cathedral (Canon Treasurer (Environment, Social Justice, Community Outreach). He wrote:
"Each day we pray for a different deanery in the Cathedral. We will be praying for your deanery tomorrow, 1st May, in our private and our public prayers, in particular at the evening service. Do let us know if you and any-
I don't think the 'short notice' matters too much, what really, really counts is the reminder that we are joined together as the diocesan-
SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP -
Wem Parish Church: 08:00 -
Weston Parish Church: 09:30 -
Lee Parish Church: 11:15. -
For each service you will be pleased to read that the elementary and essential precautions we are now used to will, of course, apply:-
* Always sanitise hands on entry, after touching anything 'communal' and before Communion
* Wear your mask whenever attending worship
* At all times keep to physical distancing -
* As you would expect Communion will remain in 'one kind' and as yet we are not able to sing
* Follow any other guidance of the church wardens or sidespeople
There is now the caveat that all must leave directly after the service and not 'mingle' in church and outside adhere to the rule of 6 (which does, of course, include social distancing).
I cannot stress too strongly that it is, very clearly, absolutely fine and in order for any not to resume just yet if we feel individually that the time is not quite right and no one should feel under any pressure to do so; hopefully these continued emails will allow you to feel connected, they will continue providing details of on-
THIS SUNDAY: THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
You may follow our Cathedral services for this Sunday by clicking of the above and following the necessary links -
Access the C of E website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 09:00. Do visit the site, there are many excellent services saved on here which can still merit a 'watch'.
09:00: Easter Four: 'Exploring Transformative Conversations'. Hear from Rev Prebendary Sarah Schofield in this extract from our weekly worship. From the University of Wolverhampton, the full online service explores transformative conversations with students and staff, alongside music and prayer.
THIS SUNDAY on BBC
Radio Four: 08:10 -
BBC ONE: 10:45 -
13:15. Songs of Praise. 'Northern Ireland's 100th'. Clare McCollum marks the partition of Ireland and formation of N Ireland 100 years ago and meets Christians from across the denominations to discuss the past and their hopes for the future
Please find attached the readings, Live the Word (with a lovely small piece on music in church), and Homily for this Sun (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications). Many thanks indeed to Mike Farmer for once again helping to break these down by week. Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and the Diocesan Prayer Diary.
BREAD OF LIFE
In a recent Easter letter Bishop Michael encouraged and invited engagement in a diocesan teaching series 'Bread of Life' which began on Tue,11 Apr. Having seen the first three in the series I can unhesitatingly say, that as we would expect, there is great food for thought and faith nurture in these.
These are available, with a precis of the series, from 10:00 on the Tuesday of each week on the Bread Of Life webpage and will remain posted on the website through the summer. Where written texts of the presentations are provided, these will also be available with the talk. Do please pay these a visit, they are (of course) well worth a watch and a gift to us all to enable an exploration in the comfort of our homes of the centrality of the Blessed Sacrament. The first zoom Discussion Group, reflecting on these, met on Tuesday and unanimously found +Michael's first presentation hugely helpful. If you wish to join the discussion group -
At this time of the year we often try to collect for, or gather in yearly set-
If you have received this you should by now have received the May Benefice Mag. If not it is available, as always on the links page of our web site or please drop me an email.
If all goes to schedule you will wish to know that in-
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Please spend all the time you can looking at our NT reading set for this Sun, from John's First Letter (although most scholars agree that we don't actually know who wrote it).
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Wonderful words to hold to throughout the coming week.
Keep taking care, with every good wish,
N P Heron
Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-