Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May
Please see below for details
This Sunday – live-streamed worship with the Revs Paul, Mike & guests. Join us on one of our channels from 10:30am
After church Refreshments
After church tea & coffee will be on Zoom from around 11:45am – come and join us virtually, it would be lovely to see each other again.
We have now implemented a Waiting Room on Zoom for extra security.
Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May
A letter from Bishop Keith and the Archdeacons
Limited Access to Church Buildings following the House of Bishops Statement of 5 May
You may have read in the press that this past week that the House of Bishops had agreed that there should be limited access back into our churches with a phased approach with an initial immediate stage. Following on from this, the acting Bishop of Chester, Bp Keith, along with the Archdeacons, have written to all clergy outlining what this means in this Diocese. I share this with you so as there is no misunderstanding as the general press may report something different and I want you to be properly informed.
Extracts from the letter which can be read in full here:
We are therefore now able to give permission for parishes in this diocese to move to the initial immediate phase of accessing church buildings, should they so wish.
This means that very limited access to church buildings is now possible for activities such as pre-recording or streaming of services or private prayer, by ministers in their own parishes, so long as the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are taken.
Please note that in each parish there should be only one person appointed for this purpose, although they may be accompanied by others from their own household. Multiple people are strongly discouraged from accessing the space, even if this is done one at a time.
Please note that church buildings remain closed to the public. When a minister is in the church building to pray or pre-record or live-stream worship, the doors should remain locked. The guidance still excludes the possibility of church services, including occasional offices such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Ministers should not feel under pressure to go back into church for these purposes if it is not appropriate: for example if they are self-isolating, or shielding. If ministers are content with leading worship from home for the time being, having made arrangements to do that, they should not feel under any obligation to switch back to church at this stage. If you do decide to re-enter the church building, please do not feel under pressure to rush to do this. You should study the guidance carefully first.
Paul and I will discuss all this and our best way forward, and will keep you informed, please keep all this in your prayers.
In the meantime, I have been checking all the buildings twice a week and for insurance purposes, I have been taking photos of them, here is a selection of them – you can click on them to see the bigger image.
Revd Mike, Rector
Greetings from your Wardens
Sue & Joy had a social distanced cuppa this morning in the lovely sunshine. They send you all their best wishes during these strange times and hope to see you all sometime soon.
Keep the faith.
Love Sue & Joy xx
Sue & Joy
VE Day Celebrations
I hope you managed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, and indeed this weekend!
I was called down to St Mary’s as the Boiler House Door had been forced open, no damage done apart from the lock, and on the way back I saw people celebrating in their gardens and drives, it was lovely to see. It brought a welcome break from the current situation we find ourselves in.
To celebrate, we moved our garden furniture to the front of the house and with local neighbours, all in our own drives of course, joined in the celebrations! Many thanks to Jonathan White for the photo.
I’d love to see your photos, perhaps for inclusion in the June Magazine, please send them to: email@example.com
Get Together Wednesdays at 7.30pm
Each week Revd Mike invites you to join with him on Zoom for a get-together.
Each week there will be something different including a Bible Book Club, a Prayer Meeting, a topical chat or a discussion. Details will be posted on our Facebook Page on the Monday of each week. All you need to do is follow the link that will be in the post to register.
This week 13 May:
Prayer & Worship Service
Changes in the Deanery
There are to be some changes to the clergy in the Deanery in the coming months.
Rev Dr Oliver Chimeze IGWE (photo above) has been announced as the next Priest in Charge of St Andrew, St Peter and All Saints Crewe. This is subject to all legal formalities being fulfilled.
Rev Canon Helen Chantry vicar of Audlem, Doddington & Wybunbury & Rural Dean is moving to the parish of Hucknall, Nottingham. She finishes at the end of June.
Rev Philip Goggin, vicar of St Peter’s Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon and St. Leonard’s Church, Warmingham, will be retiring on 19 July.
Funerals this past week
Funerals still to take place during May
Also, we heard from Joyce Woodward that our former organist, Frank Woodward, passed away earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
The Wistaston Village Fete for 2020 has, unsurprisingly, been cancelled for this year. More details will appear on the Community Council’s Facebook in due course.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/wistaston/
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