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Sunday's service (kind of)
from St. Peter and St. Paul's Church

It's taken a while because it's all new ... recording and publishing a service online! But here, for anyone who would like to watch it is the first attempt at remote Holy Communion!

If you would like to follow the service and/or join in please download the service sheet.

And here's the link to the video on our new YouTube channel:

A beautiful poem from a college friend of mine ...

The city is becoming still
but it is not silenced.
The birds were singing this morning.
I mean lots of birds, like choirs and choirs of angels
banded together in mass praise of the air.
And lots of singing, hours and hours of original tweeting.
Have there always been so many birds?
Have they always been singing with such conviction?
Or have they been waiting for a moment like this
when humans would cease their vainglorious ways.
No more nature sounds on white noise tracks.
The birds rule the skies and they sing it loud.

Helena del Pino, 18 March 2020

Some wise words today from a very wise and treasured member of our congregation, Norman Simister ...
"We just have to face it with fortitude
... and trust in God."

Thanks Steve!

Thanks to Steve Hambelton who has been working hard on the Old Memorial Garden this morning (and Julie may have been there too but I didn't see her).
Alternative worship resources
Included again for reference
There are many online, TV and radio resources for worship and prayer. Here are some of them:
  • New Sunday Morning TV Service: initially led by The Archbishop of Canterbury. The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together after public church services were put on hold. The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship at 0810 and all local radio stations in England at 8am and will premier online at 9am on Sunday. Like the Church of England’s Facebook page to be notified about the upcoming broadcast.
  • Choral Evensong: sung evening prayer, usually with an anthem, in a Cathedral style. BBC Radio 3 Wed 3:30pm Repeated Sunday 3pm 92 — 95 FM and DAB Digital Radio.
  • Sunday Worship: Radio broadcast of worship from a church; the closest to "a normal Sunday service" BBC Radio 4 8.10am Sunday 103 — 104 FM and DAB Digital Radio.
  • Daily Service; a 15min service of music, prayers and scripture BBC Radio 4 Long Wave or Radio 4 Extra 09:45 Mon — Saturday Long Wave: 198 or to get Radio 4 Extra on DAB: After tuning to Radio 4 DAB, select "Daily Service" (from your display, shortly before it is due to start) with the tuning wheel and press the selector button.
  • Songs of Praise. A religious magazine TV programme; interviews, prayers and hymns/songs. Words appear on the screen so you can join in singing. BBC One, (TV) usually 1:15pm.
  • #LiveLent: Care for God's Creation: The Church of England's Lent campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This daily audio content is available via the app and daily emails. Sign up for free.
  • Time to Pray app - everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. Download for free.
  • The BBC's Daily Service and Sunday Worship - radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts.
  • Prayer for the day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
  • Smart speakers – daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps.
  • Live streaming services - users can watch live streams of services from a range of churches.

Changing Church - new weekly pattern

For the moment, the pattern of worship in St. Peter and St. Paul's looks like this:

Morning Prayer (private service as recommended by the C of E) - every weekday and Saturday, 8.30am.

Church open for all for prayer, reflection and peace - 9am -12pm, every day. For those who are symptom-free. Please follow the hygiene guidance and remain 2m from others. Surfaces are being cleaned every day. There are prayer sheets in church and a contact form you can fill in if you'd like us to keep in touch.

Evening Prayer (private service as recommended by the C of E) - every weekday and Saturday, 5pm.

Sundays - Revd Ruth will say Holy Communion in church (private service as recommended by the C of E).
Keep up to date - Changing Church on St. Peter and St. Paul's website
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