Archive website content February to March 2020

PRIVATE PRAYER IN OUR CHURCHES ON SUNDAY 22ND MARCH 2020

 Although there are no public services, for as long as we are able to do so we will have the churches open for private prayerat the times when we would have had our Sunday morning worship. Therefore: - 

All Saints' 8am – 8.45am and 10.30am – 11.30am 

St Andrew's: 9.30am – 10.30am 

St Peter's: 10.30am – 11.30am and Wednesday 10am – 11am 

This will and can only be whilst observing the government's advice on social distancing. 

This means that we will need to wash our hands for 20 seconds on arrival or to use appropriate hand gel and observing: 

CATCH IT 

BIN IT 

KILL IT 

However, if you are poorly in any way please do not come.

We have prepared some prayersnow that we cannot meet to worship, and for those of us who are in isolation.  Please let me know if you know of someone not on email who would like to have a paper copy.

The Isolation Prayer is a short liturgy in itself.  The Intercessions fileis a number of prayers from the Church of England Website which are very helpful. 

We have posted the usual readings and notice sheet for Sundays as normal.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat or to pray over the telephone and please do not assume I know someone is in need - I would rather be told a dozen times than not know!!

Revd Guy Hewlett has prepared the following for use at home while church attendance for formal services is suspended:

Intercessions 

Isolation Prayer Card

 

PRESS RELEASE BY THE ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY AND YORK

The Archbishops of Canterbury and Yorkare calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.

In a joint letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said it was now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice.

But they said that far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.

It comes after the Government announced unprecedented peacetime measures to try to control the spread of the virus, with restrictions on public gatherings, transport and working.

The Archbishops expressed the desire that church buildings may, where practical, remain open as places of prayer for the community, observing social distancing recommendations.

They also invited clergy to maintain the ancient pattern of daily prayer and, where possible, the eucharist – live streaming their worship if they have the resources to do so.

And they urged congregations to be in the forefront of providing practical care and support for the most poor and the most vulnerable during the crisis.

“Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote.

“Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.

“We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support. 

“Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it.  Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open.  There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable and do continue to play your part in those.

“Then by our service, and by our love,  Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation - will spread across our land.”

They added: “This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly are a church for all, or just the church for ourselves.

“We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.”

The archbishops have joined other church leaders in calling for a day of prayer and action this Sunday (Mothering Sunday) particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services. 

Further information on what the suspension of public worship will mean will be available as soon as possible on the Church of England website. This page will be regularly updated. 

The Church will be providing a range of resources to enable people to continue to walk with God at this difficult time. This includes #LiveLent daily reflectionsprayer for the day audio and text and Alexa and Google Home smart speaker apps.

In the days and weeks ahead, the Church will be significantly expanding this output with audio of a simple daytime prayer and night prayer service, more video content and some live-streaming, new mental health reflections to support people, and webinars to help churches stream sermons, events and make the most of social media. Read more here. The aim will be to make as much as possible available in simple downloadable and printable formats for those who can’t easily access the technology.

 

All Children and Young People's groups and activities suspended

 

An announcement by Revd Guy Hewlett 17/3/20:

'Now is the time for us to postpone all of our Children and Young People's groups and activities.

I find it hard, very hard, after all the hard work and progress we have made, and I cannot thank you enough for the brilliant team that you are. I pray that through God’s Grace that we will be able to pick up, maintain and grow the work, when this crisis has passed.

Can you please ensure that all of our communications channels are clear so that we can be confident everyone knows that the activities are postponed or ‘on hold’.'

 

NOAH'S ARK SUSPENDED

Noah's Ark Pre-School Playgrouphas made the following announcement: 

'Unfortunately due to the growing concern around the coronavirus pandemic, it will no longer be possible to continue to open the toddler group.

Following advice for the more vulnerable amongst us, we would not have the volunteers available to maintain the group, therefore we will be closed after today's session (17/3/20).

We will inform our church website with a date when we can reopen, which will be as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration with this, and your continued support as always.'

 

CHILDREN'S DOVES OF PEACE 

During today's morning service (8/3/20) children made doves of peacein the choir vestry, dedicating them to people they love. Well done Jackie Hewlett and her team!

 

 

BBC SONGS OF PRAISE

BBC Songs of Praiseon Mothering Sunday are doing a themed programme about the Mothers' Union across the UK.  

The programme will be transmitted on 22nd March at 1.15pm on BBC 1.

They have asked to use some of the images from our photo archive on this website: 

http://www.gornalandsedgley.org.uk/photos/gallery.php?gallery_id=78&pg=1

Let us know any names of MU members you may recall from this 1965 photo...

mmjones29@blueyonder.co.uk

NEW PARKING RESTRICTIONS AFFECTING CHURCH MEMBERS - ICELAND CAR PARK

An important  message from John Anderson: 

''You may have noticed that controlled parking has been implemented on the car park to the rear of Iceland.

Free parkingis restricted to one hour - so if you use the car park during a church service DO NOT park there, as you will incur a penalty notice.

I have spoken to Iceland explaining that part of the land used to belong to the church and that parking has been allowed by church members for over 60 years. They were very helpful suggesting that they could issue time dated permits.   However, from further discussion they are not the landlords.

Iceland have agreed to contact the landlords on our behalf suggesting as indicated above, clearly any reply will take time.

Accordingly with immediate effect be cautious about parking on the car park.

It would be helpful if you could let me know whether you currently use the car park.  This will enable me to put a quantum on the likely scale of permits required.

If you know someone who uses the car park, can you let them know please.''

 

BISHOP MARTIN IS WELCOMED TO DUDLEY 
 

On Saturday 22nd February 2020 Bishop Martin Gorick, the new Bishop of Dudley, was introduced to representatives of congregations in the north of the Diocese in a very well-attended ceremony and service at Dudley's Top Church(St Thomas ands St Luke). 

Representatives from All Saints', St Andrew's and St Peter's were in attendance. 

At 4pm on Sunday 23rd February 2020 he will be installed as a Canon of the Cathedral in Worcester Cathedral.  

He was ordained and consecrated in a service at Southwark Cathedralby the Archbishop of Canterbury recently.

 

HALF TERM WORKSHOP A GREAT SUCCESS

Thank you to Barbara and her wonderful teamfor organising and doiung the preparations for this craft workshop on 18/2/20, for local children in the church hall. Thanks also to the volunteers in the kitchen. 

More photos of the Half Term Craft Workshop

 

 

GREAT TO SEE STEPHEN AND CHRISTINE AGAIN! 

Stephen arrives in Santiago de Compostela at the end of his pilgrimage in October 2019. 

It was great to see Revd Canon Stephen and Christine Buckleyagain, who dropped into our Friday Coffee Morningto say hello. 

Stephen kindly talked us through a set of over 100 slides about his epic pilgrimage from Porto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostelain Spain, the reputed burial place of St James the Apostle. 

Stephen is planning another walk in Spain and Portugal this year, this time walking south from Cape Finisterre. In Roman times it was believed to be the end of the known world!

 

DO YOU RECOGNISE ANYONE FROM THIS 1950S/EARLY 60S PHOTO?

I've had a chat with David Screenabout this photo in which he is featured - and I've now numbered the image to help identify people. 

David thinks it was taken around 1970, just before Revd Stanley Lloyd left, and Revd John Linford arrived. It's the annual Church Anniversary Processionaround the village (to mark the opening of the rebuilt church in 1829); the procession is passing by David's house at 21 Netherby Roadon the far right. 

He recalls several names and these are now added to the names Linda and Roy Watkins and Kennedy Slater provided us with before: 

1-David Screen aged around 20; 

2-Vicar Stanley Lloyd; 

3- Andrew/Bert Collins (Curate); 

4- Jonathan Inett

5-Ian Chisolm (Curate); 

6-Either Reg Slater; or Pat Bridgwater (Churchwarden) - who was manager of Barclays Bank in the Bull Ring and Tresurer of All Saints' DCC

7- Edgar Perks (Churchwarden); 

8-Roy Hancox who is still a server at Christchurch Tettenhall; 

9-Bert Gommery; 

10-Reg Slater, brother or Bill Slater the former head of Queen Victoria School. 

Linda and Kennedy please correct me for any mix-ups!

Martin

Ken Slater:No6 Reg Slater, No 4 possibly Jonathan Inett,  No 10 not known.

A VERY USEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE AFTERNOON!

Over 20 of us representing our 3 churches in Gornal and Sedgley attended the consultation on the future of the Diocese on Monday 20th January 2020. 

The afternoon was very well organised. We were grouped around tables with a facilitator on each table. 

Between us we worked through the various issues that confront us in a methodical way - and there was plenty of opportunity for giving one's views which were recorded by the facilitator. 

Congratulations to all those who helped to put this together. 

 

GREAT NEWS! 

ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL - at  Sedgley Community Forum,following a formal bidding process, £5000 funding was approved to install a sound system in the hall.John Anderson.

Well done and thank you John!!!