Being Church at Home
The death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
The church will be open for private prayer and reflection every day between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Please be aware that social distancing measures are in place and that the designated entrance and exit must be used. The wearing of facemasks in church continues to be mandatory.
Book of Condolence: Because of the Covid restrictions that are still in place, the official government announcement is that there should be no physical books of condolence set out in our churches, and that messages of condolence can be offered online at: https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/news-releases/condolence-book-hrh-prince-philip-duke-edinburgh-opens-online
God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
Being Church Together in the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas Wickham
Sunday 11th April 2021
Greetings from the ministry team to everyone. Whether you’re you come to church once a week, once in a while or once in a lifetime – welcome to the weekly eBulletin.
The death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
Following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April a short service of thanksgiving and remembrance was held in both churches. A single bell was chimed 99 times at each of our churches at 12 noon on Saturday 10th April.
A single bell will be chimed 99 times prior to the service at 10am in Wickham on Sunday and on the day of the funeral in Shedfield.
On Sunday 11th April both the online Being Church at Home service and the service in church will include a short act of thanksgiving for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Both churches will be open for private prayer and reflection every day between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Please be aware that social distancing measures are in place and that the designated entrance and exit must be used. The wearing of facemasks in church continues to be mandatory.
Book of Condolence: Because of the Covid restrictions that are still in place, the official government announcement is that there should be no physical books of condolence set out in our churches, and that messages of condolence can be offered online at the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/news-releases/condolence-book-hrh-prince-philip-duke-edinburgh-opens-online or on the Buckingham Palace website: https://www.royal.uk/condolence
Alternatively you can light a ‘virtual candle’ at: https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle
Please keep an eye on the church websites and notice boards for further updates.
It was wonderful to be back in both churches last week to celebrate Holy Week and Easter. Whilst it might not have been quite ‘business as usual’ it was fantastic to be together at such an important period in the church year.
As always we stuck to our aim to ‘celebrate what we can do and not grieve for what we can’t’. Both of our churches looked fantastic and it was great to see the transformation from the starkness of Lent to the beauty of the Easter displays.
Thank you so much to all those who contributed to make our churches look and feel so welcoming, whilst also being a safe place to be. I am not going to list the many people and groups involved because I am bound to miss someone out …. but a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to you all.
Ministry Team Leave
Revd Jane is taking her well-earned, post Easter leave this week and will be away until Monday 19th April. Revd Ruth will then be on leave from 19th – 26th April.
Given the reduction in the rates of coronavirus infections over the last few weeks we have reopened our churches for services and for private prayer for those of you who feel comfortable coming back to church. However, we will continue to provide ‘Being Church at Home’ services for those of you who would rather not come to church just yet, along with this weekly eBulletin (which will contain details of the other services available on diocesan and national CofE online platforms). Printed copies of the eBulletin and weekly online services can be delivered to those unable to receive them online, just ask anyone who may be interested to get in touch with myself or Revd Jane.
In line with Stage 2 of the government roadmap from Monday 12th April:
- Weddings, wakes and wedding receptions can take place with up to 15 people (a maximum of 30 can attend funerals)
- Supervised children’s activities can take place inside a church building from Monday (full details here)
- Worship services to mark significant festivals, dates or commemorations can take place, with attendance up to the Covid-secure capacity of the building, even if it isn’t a regular weekly service (full details here)
- Congregational singing is already permitted outside the building (full details here)
The Ministry team and the Churchwardens are constantly reviewing the situation so
keep an eye on the church website and on churchofengland.org/coronavirus and
portsmouth.anglican.org/coronavirus for the latest information.
This Sunday’s services:
We look forward to welcoming those of you who feel comfortable attending church to St Nicholas, Wickham at 10.00am. Please remember to bring your face-coverings, to use the hand sanitiser and to follow the directions of the stewards so that we can come together to worship safely.
This Sunday is Second Sunday of Easter and the Morning Service has been prepared by Revd Ruth who will be reflecting on our journey from fear to peace and from doubt to belief.
Both the online Being Church at Home service and the service in church include a short act of thanksgiving for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday 9th April.
As usual you will also find a traditional Morning Prayer service on the church websites as well as Prayer During the Day for Easter Season.
Please be reassured that the Being Church at Home services can be accessed directly via the church websites as well as via the link you receive with this eBulletin.
Are either of these the site of the upper room?
What else is available this week?
In the Diocese:
Portsmouth Cathedral will be live streaming services as follows:
- 8:00am – Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer
- 11:00am – Sung Eucharist (with choir)
- 7:00pm – Choral Evensong in Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the life of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. (This service replaces the usual 5:30pm Choral Evensong).
Details of all these services can be found on the Cathedral website:
Daily Hope – ‘church at the end of the phone’
The Church of England’s Daily Hope line, a free 24-hour national telephone line, offering music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services is well worth recommending to those without internet access. The phone number is: 0800 804 8044
Sunday Morning Stories (BBC 1 Sunday 10.30am) The Revd Kate Botleypresents a series of inspiring stories rooted in faith, hope and spirituality.
Songs of Praise (BBC 1 Sunday 13.15) Aled Jones is at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire (very close to where both Revd Jane and I grew up!) to explore its 850 years of history. Newstead Abbey began as an Augustinian priory and it is thought that one of the priests was Friar Tuck, one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Recently, Newstead Abbey has looked into its 19th century links to black history and the connection to the sugar plantations in Jamaica. Aled talks to two women whose faith has motivated them to bring to light this little-known, difficult chapter in the abbey’s past.
Sunday Worship (Radio 4 8.10am) – On Low Sunday, the story of the road to Emmaus is explored.
Choral Evensong (Radio 3 3pm) will be a repeat of this week’s service from St Matthew’s, Westminster.
Next Sunday’s service: 18th April
Assuming there is no change in the situation between now and then there will be a Morning Service at 10am in St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield.
The Messy Church team have done a fantastic job of keeping in touch with our Messy Church families over the last year and providing activities each month. On Good Friday they held a short Easter Service at St Nicholas Church, Wickham for our Messy Church families who had the chance to make mini Easter gardens to take home and colour in some Happy Easter cards, contribute to the Easter Garden for St Nicholas Church and take part in a virtual Easter egg hunt!
Thank you so much to Sue Pittam and all the Messy Church team for all their hard work in making this event so successful.
Calling all gardeners…. Can you help?
Kay Bowen, headteacher at St John the Baptist Primary School, Waltham Chase, has a special request for anyone with an interest in gardening.
Kay writes: ‘We have a delightful young man in Y4 (age 8-9 yrs) who struggles with lots of the academic side of life. He has taken on a landscaping project in the playground. He has made a list of jobs to do, plants to plant etc… I am hopeful that you may know of someone who would be keen to get involved and support this young man. The commitment would be 1.5 hours each week, ideally on a Tuesday of Friday afternoon, and an enhanced DBS check would be required’.
Could you be the right kind of gardener, who has the time to chat as well as dig, to help this young man?
If so, please get in touch with either Revd Jane or Revd Ruth who will pass on your details to Kay. It would be fantastic of this could get started as soon as possible next term!
Consecration of Gavin Collins
Our former archdeacon the Ven Gavin Collins will be formally consecrated as Bishop of Dorchester at 9:45am on Wednesday 14th April at a small service held in the chapel of Lambeth Palace. Although it’s frustrating that current lockdown restrictions mean that only a handful of people can be physically present, Gavin would be delighted if as many of us as possible might join in the worship via the Youtube livestream and support him in prayer at this formal start of his new ministry. More details about this service and an Order of Service can be found here.
Bishop Christopher’s farewell service
Bishop Christopher’s farewell service will be taking place in Portsmouth Cathedral at 4pm on Saturday 24th April. Because of Covid restrictions, attendance is by invitation only. Those invitations will aim to be representative of our whole diocese and community, but inevitably many of us will be disappointed not to be physically present. The service will be live-streamed, so that we can all participate, and full details can be found here.
Please keep an eye on the website for any updates as the ministry team, churchwardens and PCCs will continue to monitoring the ongoing covid situation and arrangements may be subject to change.
With the assurance of our constant prayers for you all, from Ruth on behalf of the benefice ministry team
The Second Sunday of Easter
Prayer During the Day
A service of Spiritual Communion for use during the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus crisis has made it necessary for the Church of England to suspend all public acts of worship. Using the national Church of England’s recommended liturgy as its guide, the ministry team has prepared this short act of Spiritual Communion for you to use at home.