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Dear Friends,


I hope this finds you having enjoyed a good Aug BH Mon, as I type the weather is rather up and down - trust you caught some of the more pleasant bits.  


Please click here to read the Parish magazine for September.


Take care, stay safe,


Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550

Updates From the Rector - September 2020

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Dear Friends,


As autumn begins to fill the air and our season turns a corner may this email find you in the best of health, content and staying safe.  


Staying safe continues to be the overarching intent in our common life, for the Church and our individual churches this has reached a point where matters seem considerably more settled.  The guidelines for all our worship and other church activities are now well understood and across the benefice our individual parish responses adapted to a pattern which is becoming familiar.  This priority of our care for each other is and will remain absolutely paramount as we move into our 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'.  There is no need now to reiterate either the guidelines or how we have adopted these, if you wish to remind yourself, check these or if anyone has a query please go to the previous emails easily accessible at: www.wemcofe.co.uk  


However, it is very timely to remphasise the requirement for and importance of physical distancing - the 2m rule.  Each parish church, SS P & P's, St Luke's and St Peter's has a safe environment for worship and the church wardens have done everything possible to maintain this - for which we must all be very grateful, it is therefore an imperative in church that we all show our appreciation by adhering to this elemental, and now very familiar, 2m rule.  Perhaps on occasion the relaxed and beautiful surroundings of our lovely churches where we feel 'at home' can lull us into a false sense of security - please don't let this happen.


THIS SUNDAY


For the churches in our benefice these are:


08:00 - Holy Communion in Wem

09:45 - Holy Eucharist in Wem

11:15 - Holy Eucharist in Lee


[Please note that Weston's scheduled service for this Sun has been postponed to next Sun for reasons of cleaning and safety]


NEXT SUNDAY - 13th SEPTEMBER


Wonderfully a full compliment of services across the benefice


Wem:  08:00 and 09:45 - Holy Eucharist

Weston:  09:30 - Holy Eucharist

Lee:  11:15 - Holy Eucharist 


Understandably not all are able to resume public worship as yet, opportunities to connect on-line or through other media for this Sun are: - 

 

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL

 

08:00 - The Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30 - Choral Eucharist for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

  

OR

 

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 0900. Previous weeks services, including some quite exceptional ones, are available on catch up through this link


This Sunday:  "Recognising teachers and staff as unsung heroes" - how entirely appropriate!   Featuring contributions from St Thomas CofE Academy, this online service is led by Rev Tim Bateman from Gas Street Church, recognising teachers and school staff as unsung heroes and praying for the start of the new school year. The Dean of Birmingham, Matt Thompson, preaches and Sarah Smith, Director of Education for the Church of England in Birmingham, shares a reflection. 

  

THIS SUNDAY on BBC

 

Radio Four:  08:10.   “Heaven is a noisy place.'  In what promises to be a fascinating programme Neil MacGregor finds spiritual inspiration in the religious art of the National Gallery.  The former Director of this and the British Museum is accompanied on his walk around the gallery's Sainsbury Wing with the Revd Lucy Winkett.   After months of Covid and confinement today's service considers how community - within society and across time - has traditionally been fostered by close contact with the saints.


BBC One.  13:15.  Songs of Praise. Clare Macollum visits the Eden Project in Cornwall, speaking to its founder and meeting some of their gardeners.  There is also a meeting with members of Christian Surfers, celebrating their 30th anniversary......something to watch from England's largest landlocked county!   Also a visit to Newquay and, in response to the pandemic, England's first drive in church........please don't get any ideas!!


Please find attached the readings and a Homily for this Sunday (courtesy of Redemptorist publications).

 

Also find attached both the Diocesan and our Local Prayer Diary.


Alongside these, please also see attached the first two in a series of five very short articles, promised last week, giving a precis of the worship of the C of E and how distinctive this is, indeed as it quotes, our liturgy is "one of the glories of the Church of England" (or at least it jolly well should be!!).  As the first article goes on to say - “the way we worship and pray together helps to reflect who we are” - I hope you find these interesting and helpful.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


Following the week when the momentous March on Washington was remembered some timeless words from one of the main organisers, the C20th martyr, Martin Luther King:


“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”~ Martin Luther King Jr

 

Please keep safe and enjoy the coming week - every good wish,


Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550


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Dear Friends,


May this find you well and those closet to you in best health possible after a positive week.


UPDATE


I recall beginning last week by speaking of things, from a worship perspective, being 'considerably more settled', however you may well have thought that may not still be the case following the governmental announcements of earlier in the week.  It would seem, whilst to be confirmed, that public worship will be unaffected by the '6 people rule', the latest update is on the C of E National website.


"The Government has announced that new regulations relating to the ‘rule of six’ are being prepared.   Those regulation will not come into effect until Monday September 14 2020.   The Church of England is engaging with the Government and will provide new advice to churches but we do not expect to be in a position to provide that until the week beginning September 14."   This last update was at 09:30 on Friday 11th and also includes the important, if obvious, line that until we hear otherwise all previous guidance remains extant.  This and further updates may be found at: www.churchofengland.org


The national picture (which is clearly a cause for concern) should remind us, if we need it(!), of how important it is that we maintain our absolute emphasis on safety in our churches.  


For places of worship to remain open and accessible the necessary precautions are imperative, hopefully they are now becoming second nature, they are certainly not optional.  In short:

  *  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 - the 2 metre rule

  *  Follow any other guidance of the church wardens or sidespeople / welcomers

Please don't let the relaxed and beautiful surroundings of our lovely churches where we rightly feel 'at home' to lull us into a false sense of security - this could be too easy


Apropos the occasional offices and wider guidance there is no need now to reiterate these or how we have adopted them,  if you wish to remind yourself, check these or if anyone has a query please go to the previous emails easily accessible on our church website at:  www.wemcofe.co.uk  


For all the above this Sunday is joyously one where all three churches in the Benefice have services and is as close to 'usual' as we might hope on the worship front.


THIS SUNDAY


08:00 - Holy Eucharist in Wem, (Quiet and reflective with no music or homily)

09:30 - Holy Eucharist in Weston

09:45 - Holy Eucharist in Wem

11:15 - Holy Eucharist in Lee


It remains understandably very much the case that not all are able to resume public worship as yet, our continued best wishes and thoughts to those, let us hope and pray we may meet soon.  Equally, let us always remember that we do remain very much 'as one' in Faith, Hope and Love.  Opportunities to connect on-line or through other media for this Sun are: - 

 

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL

 

08:00 - The Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30 - Choral Eucharist for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

 

OR


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. Previous weeks services, including some quite exceptional ones, are also available on catch up through this link:  www.churchofengland.org


This Sunday the details have yet to be announced, however, it never disappoints!

 

THIS SUNDAY on the BBC


Radio Four -  08:10.   “400th Anniversary of the Mayflower.'  Four hundred years ago this week, a small ship set sail from Plymouth to America.  Some were seeking a better life others religious freedom, others a fresh start in a different land.  The Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, reflects on the story of the Mayflower and the significance of the voyage for today's world.

 

BBC One - 13:15.  Songs of Praise.  Aled Jones is also, no surprise really, in Plymouth to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.


Please find attached the readings and a Homily for this Sunday (courtesy of Redemptorist publications).  Also the third in a series looking in brief at the development of the liturgy of the C of E

 

Also find attached both the Diocesan and our Local Prayer Diary.


RIDE AND STRIDE


This takes place, on the usual Saturday of the year (the second in Sep) ie today as you read this.  The funds raised through sponsorship go to support Shropshire Historic Churches Trust - a charity that is a massive support to the churches around us that bless our county and many hold so dear.  It is absolutely not too late to support this nor could it be easier, Ruth (who has recently joined our Benefice from New Zealand) will be discovering something of her new environment by striding around Edstaston and our three churches and chapel in the Benefice (12> miles!!).  Do please consider sponsoring Ruth, it is a guaranteed way of assisting within our Benefice and our surrounding churches which have building needs.


Please go to:  https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/ruths-ride-and-stride-for-wem-church      Do note that this is a New Zealand website and 1$ NZ equates to approx 50p UK.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


This week as you will see our Gospel reading focuses upon Our Lord's teaching of forgiveness, two thought inducing reflections:


"He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass."  George Herbert


"As I walked out of the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."  Nelson Mandela


Have the best week you possibly can and stay safe, every good wish as always,


Nick

N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550