Mthr Nicol will be on annual leave from Monday 31st August until Friday 18th September.

Whilst she is away, the services will be as follows:

9am at All Saints – Mattins, led by the Churchwardens.
10.30am at St Margaret’s – Eucharist, led by Rev’d Peter Francis. This service will not be live-streamed. Due to having a guest officiant, our All Age Eucharist will return in October.

There will not be an 11.30am service on the 6th and 13th September. However, Mthr Nicol has prepared an online service of Morning Prayer for those 2 Sundays, which will be available at 10.30am on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com and search for St Margarets West Hoathly All Saints Highbrook)

Face Coverings

A reminder that face coverings are currently a legal requirement for attending Places of Worship. If you plan to come to church, please bring a mask or face covering with you; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.
If you feel unable to attend church whilst the wearing of a mask is compulsory then the online streamed service will continue for your viewing whilst we are in these extraordinary times.

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Our APCMs will now take place on the following dates:
St Margaret’s – 10am on Saturday 26th September
All Saints – 11am on Saturday 10th October
Anyone is entitled to attend the Annual Meeting of Parishioners, during which the Churchwardens are elected. This takes place at the beginning of the meeting.
Only people whose names are on the Electoral Roll are entitled to attend the APCM which follows immediately after. During this meeting we elect the PCC members and present the reports and accounts of the 2019.
Due to social distancing restrictions, it is very important that you plan to attend, please let Mthr Nicol know so that we arrange the chairs appropriately can hold the meeting safely.
Nomination forms for PCC members, Churchwarden or Deanery Synod are available in the appropriate church or from Mthr Nicol.

Revision of Electoral Roll

The revision of both churches’ Electoral Roll will take place between 6th – 12th September. If you wish to have your name removed from the Electoral Roll, during that week please notify:
For St Margaret’s – Duncan Dunsmore-Rouse
For All Saints’ – Sophie Hill

Worship

As we step into this new stage of life with Covid-19, together we will learn how we can worship and gather as the Body of Christ in new, albeit different ways. We begin with a new pattern of services, and due to reduced capacity, and to prepare the building appropriately please let Mother Nicol know by Saturday 12 noon if you are intending to attend the next day’s service (Email: mother.nicol@gmail.com or Tel: 01342 810 183)

For more information on the church opening for Sunday services, please follow this link.

For more information on visiting the churches for individual prayer, please follow this link.

Visiting the churches for individual prayer

We trialling a new system which creates more access whilst allowing the spaces to remain closed for 72 hours following and before Sunday worship.

From 2nd September, both churches will be opened on Wednesdays until late afternoon.

If you wish to visit the church, please maintain a 2m distance between groups, use the hand sanitiser at the entrance (you can bring your own if you prefer), wear a face coverings and to sign-in (as part of our Track and Trace protection).

These procedures are in place to protect you and everyone who visits.

Church open for Sunday services

We are, at last, able to make a cautious return to public worship in our churches.

You may already have read Mother Nicol’s letter explaining the precautions to be taken.  One essential is the maintenance of a six feet distance between households at Sunday’s public services.  To enable us to cater properly for everyone’s needs and safety please either email mothernicol@gmail.com or ring 01 342 810 183 today to register that you are coming.  Mother Nicol’s letter can be read here where you will find further details of how Holy Communion will be administered safely.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still join us for online worship.

We are streaming services via facebook live and archiving them later the same day on our YouTube channel
Mthr Nicol will post her sermons at: https://nicolkinrade.wordpress.com

This Weeks Services:
02/09/2020

Mthr Nicol will be on annual leave from Monday 31st August until
Friday 18th September.

Whilst she is away, the services will be as follows:
9am at All Saints – Mattins, led by the Churchwardens.
10.30am at St Margaret’s – Eucharist, led by Rev’d Peter Francis. This service will not be live-streamed. Due to having a guest officiant, our All Age Eucharist will return in October.

There will not be an 11.30am service on the 6th and 13th September. However, Mthr Nicol has prepared an online service of Morning Prayer for those 2 Sundays, which will be available at 10.30am on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com and search for St Margarets West Hoathly All Saints Highbrook).

 

A Prayer for the week

Give me, Lord,
a stout heart to bear my own burdens,
a tender heart to bear the burdens of others,
and a believing heart to lay all my burdens on you,
for you care for us. Amen.

A prayer of Lesslie Newbigin

Reflection on Prayer from Rev’d Peter Hartley

Some of you may have had this already, but probably not all of you. Prayer is a difficult topic for many of us and this might help!

“Prayer is like watching for the Kingfisher.
All you can do is be there when he is likely to appear and Wait.
Often nothing much happens,
There is space, silence and expectancy.
No visible sign, only the knowledge that he’s been there,
And may come again.
Seeing or not seeing cease to matter,
You have been prepared.
But sometimes, when you’ve almost
Stopped expecting it,
A flash of brightness gives encouragement.”

Ann Lewin, Candles and Kingfishers