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Remembrance Sunday 2020

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday in the Church. At the time of writing the current Government Guidelines dictate that we cannot open our churches for a Service of Remembrance, however, it is permitted that local authorities or faith leaders can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph. To do this we must you complete a COVID-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus as detailed in Government Guidance.

I wanted to let people know that it is my intention to have a brief act of Remembrance at Chebsey War Memorial at 10:50am on Sunday. This will include a minute silence, the laying of a wreath and the Last Post and Reveille.

This event will not be open to the public due to restrictions but limited to:
members of the armed forces, veterans of the armed forces, and/or their representatives or carers
people attending as part of their work (such as local councillors, local faith leaders, the local MP)
people attending in a voluntary capacity on behalf of a recognised organisation
It should be noted that those found not to be compliant with these regulations may be subject to financial penalties.

Should you be in one of the above groups and wish to attend could you please inform me in advance either via email at doug.heming@yahoo.co.uk or phone 01785 282829.

I am of course very disappointed that we cannot offer an official service of Remembrance of some sort for people but I do hope this Act of Remembrance at the Chebsey War Memorial will allow people to feel the moment does not pass unmarked. Should you wish to join us in the minute’s silence at 11am on Sunday by standing silently at your door step this will be appreciated I am sure.

Full details of guidelines for events are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday

With assurance of the church’s continued prayers for our communities and villages in these tough times.

Rev’d Doug Heming

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Church Services in August

From this Thursday our 10am services will resume. They will take a similar format to before including receiving communion (wafer only) for all who wish to participate. However some things will of course be different.

It will be a requirement to sanitize hands at the door, to keep socially distanced throughout the service and it will be strongly advised to wear a facemask in the building mainly to protect others. We will not be able to have refreshments after the service and it is advised we do not stay to have fellowship in the building after the service!

Unfortunately things are not so straightforward with Thursday evenings as I think our post prayer gathering at the Hollybush will still be impossible with social distancing requirements as they are at the moment. However, I am hopeful we can safely pray together at least.

Due to the fact that we have a morning service on Thursdays our Evening Prayer gathering will take place at 7pm on Sunday evenings rather than Thursdays for the time being. This will allow maximum time between services and also for the cleaning on both Monday and Friday mornings in St Chad’s. I hope this will be favorable and will still allow for a regular turn out as far as possible.

It is hugely lamentable that we must take such precautions at the moment, which obviously distort and diminish our experience in church .. however we celebrate being able to return to corporate prayer in the sacred space of our buildings.

I hope to see many of you this Thursday and Sunday if you feel able to do so safely. If it does not feel safe yet then know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Please pass on info to anyone you know who does not have online contact.

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The Church of England: Where have we come from and where are we going?

St Michael’s Lichfield is hosting an online study week lecture series from 17-21 August for the both clergy and lay people. The theme is: ‘The Church of England: Where have we come from and where are we going?’

Each daily session will begin at 2.30pm with a 30-40 minute paper followed by discussion. Speakers include Revd Dr Stephen Barton on Biblical Interpretation (17 August); Mary Hawes & Murray Wilkinson on Education – Schools (18 August); Bishop Michael on Inter Faith Relations (19 August); Revd Canon Dr Ellen Loudon on Social Justice & Activism (20 August) and Revd Dr Sarah Brush on Liturgy (21 August).

We will have a localised discussion group on Saturday 22nd August in our benefice

All who might be interested in exploring the questions to be explored please do click on the link below and also let Rev Doug Heming know you will be joining at

doug.heming@yahoo.co.uk

Link To Web Page

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Church Services July 2020

Dear Church Friends,
You will have heard that the Government has issued guidance that places of worship can open for services from the 4th of July. This is welcome news but comes with some caveats regards health and safety.
You may not be aware that all our local church buildings are managed as though they have individual charitable status whose maintenance and finance are managed through local PCC’s (Parochial Church Council’s) whose members are all Trustees of the building. As such all activities including our services are the responsibility of the PCC’s and the Wardens locally.
I therefore wanted to be in touch to let you know I am meeting with our church Wardens next week and subsequently will meet with the PCC’s to talk about whether we can begin services in the churches in our Benefice in compliance with the extensive guidelines for safe meeting at this stage. The guidelines are extensive and can be found at the link below if anyone is interested:
COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July

Our church services will therefore not be resuming this week. Please bear with us as we take seriously our responsibility to the worshiping community and our wider friends and neighbors in the villages. I expect to be able to offer some further advice on when we will be able to meet for worship in around 2 weeks time.
Until then I will continue to send out reflections and services on Thursday and Sunday which I hope will allow us to feel united in prayer and worship.
The Peace of the Lord be always with you x
Rev Doug Heming
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Wild Worship Field Guide

On these sunny days the Church doors might be locked but the possibilities for worship and wonder are well and truly open. Attached is a link to a Wild Worship Field Guide perfect for our rural communities from the garden, through a window, or walking around a churchyard. Feel free to click, download and print off then use as individuals or families to worship in these wild times!!

Click to access creative_prayer_idea_wild_worship_field_guide.pdf