Sunday August 1st 2021, Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Service live and online
Holy Communion - service led by Archdeacon Carol Coslett. NB Starting at 10am. .
You can watch the videos for all the churches when they “premiere”, or later for your convenience by clicking on this link:

We can all sing – but behind masks: Plans to the end of August
From our DCC the unanimous agreement was that we need to open up slowly and cautiously. We can all now sing in our services, but we ask that the congregation keep masks on, unless exempt. We will keep social distancing, hand sanitizing and cleaning after the service.

With Paul Mellars still ill with Covid, and other ministers on holiday etc., we are now planning to start 8am and 6.30pm services in September.

Holy Communion, this Wednesday, 4th August:
We will re-start Wednesday Communions once a month, on the first Wednesday of each month, starting 4th August.

Readings and Collect
Ephesians 4: 1-16
John 6:24-35

Gracious Father,
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Please remember in your prayers: Marion Giles, Bernard Broadhead, Pat Walker, Thelma Dean, Reg Creaser, Edith Hobson, Revd Paul and Dawn Mellars, the families and friends of Brenda Edwards, Mary Levers, and Robert Wooffindin

Coffee after the Sunday services – 11.45am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments. Please bring you own coffee or …?We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments, by clicking on the link below at 11.45 am or afterwards. Please bring you own coffee or …?

Daily Prayer online has resumed for four days a week with a Thought for the Day from Chris or Tony on the other days.

Church open for private prayer

The church will be open for private prayer Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm, Sundays 11.30-4pm

Church Survey – Changes to our Sunday Service Pattern

In our DCC meetings we have had some lively debates as to whether we should change our service patter. To help our decision making, we issued a survey at our AGM. We have had some interesting and helpful responses. We would love to have more. You can now do it online: If you would like a paper copy, let the office know I have had a number of responses so far, but I don’t think they represent the majority view…. Extended deadline - please respond by 16th August.

Live Streaming - Rob Aldread has organised and run the live streaming since November, with wonderful help from Josh. Rob cannot keep doing all this with his choir commitments. Can you help? Rob assures us it is not too difficult. If no help is available we won’t be able to live stream every week

The Parish Office is essential to the smooth running our churches. Following the announcement that from July 19th social distancing and mask wearing will no longer be mandatory, it has been decided that to protect our staff and keep the office fully functioning, face coverings will still be required if you need to call in – thanks!!
Flowers in church: we should be grateful for donations towards the flowers in church – if you would like to make a donation please speak to Jean Hobson or call her on 290452. Thank you!

Jane's Jams are back!
I have limited stock of Strawberry, Apricot, Gooseberry, Rhubarb and Ginger, Redcurrant Jelly, and quite a good amount of: Raspberry, Blackcurrant, Orange and Ginger Marmalade
Damson and Plum will follow later in the year. Please phone 01246 418511 to order. Delivery service available! All profits will be shared between the Parish Church and one other charity.

Sue says “Heartfelt thanks to everyone for their kind words and generous donations marking my retirement from the office. It has been my great pleasure for the last 20 years, and you make me happy to feel that my time has been well spent. I am still around – possibly even more so! “


At Swithins Church: Saturday August 7th at 7pm
featuring LYNDON FORD

A tour of our new Wyvern organ
plus an entertaining programme of popular organ music
Tickets £9.50, including glass of wine, from John or Penny. Proceeds will go to the church.

News: As we can’t meet together as we used to do, do you have any news to share? Please send items to the office by 9am on Thursdays.

From Peter’s garden: The big butterfly count happened about a week ago, and we had far fewer in our garden than in previous years. But we do have lots of bees.