Week commencing 31st May 2020

Services

In line with guidance from the Government and the Church of England all events, groups and services in church buildings are suspended until further notice.

Service this Sunday May 31st 10.30am

 

Please join us for the service on Sunday which includes Holy Communion. Be prepared with your own bread, cracker, or biscuit, fruit juice or wine, which you will be able to consume as part of our service – everyone can participate in this:

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The ID number for this week is: 871 5897 4652

 

If we were in our churches today, the hangings would be red to symbolise the energy and power of the Holy Spirit.  As we gather via Zoom to worship together, you might like to wear something red to remind us all that it is Pentecost Sunday.

11.30am Coffee after the morning service – make your drink, choose a biscuit, and join your friends at your church’s Zoom coffee time.  Use the phone numbers above or the links you have been sent:

the ID number for Oakley is 829 7471 5016 and for Bromham it is 822 8380 2328 (Stagsden people – your choice of venue!). You will have the chance to chat in small groups, catch up with some friends and maybe meet someone new.

Events

In line with guidance from the Government and the Church of England, all churches are closed, and all events, groups and services in church buildings or on behalf of the church are suspended until further notice.

Notices

Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost Service everyone is welcome to join the Churches Together in Beds & Herts celebration on Sun 31st May at 6pm by following this link to their live You Tube event of music and prayer  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOR364-_KwEgko9Sq5i7jsw

Good news! The builders are back on site at St Owens, and the walls of the extension are starting to go up again. Do have a look if you are out walking round the church. We hope to have a financial update on the project soon.

 

Giving During Lockdown With our churches unable to meet together, this may be the time to look again at how you make your financial gift to the church. If you usually put cash in the plate, could you consider giving through the bank for this time? Or you can post a cheque to the Treasurer of your church. If you prefer, you can put your offering aside each week and wait for the weekly services in church to resume. In Bromham, the Parish Giving Scheme offers an alternative method of giving through the bank. Ask the clergy or church wardens for details of who to contact in your parish about your giving.

Daily Hope is a new Church of England Initiative. It’s a free phoneline containing hymns, reflections and prayers. Call FREE 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044

Help is available if you are unwell or self-isolating. Please let one of the church wardens or clergy know if you, or a neighbour or friend, could do with some help. Many people from the church and the community are asking what they can do, so please get in touch with requests (and offers of help).

 

Bedford Foodbank still needs our help – put donations in the boxes at most large supermarkets, or give money online: https://bedford.foodbank.org.uk/

 

Keeping in touch The pew leaflet can be emailed or delivered to anyone who would like a copy – please tell Sarah if you know someone who wants to receive it.

 

The Lord-Lieutenant is sending out a weekly message which is available to listen to and can be accessed at: 

https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/34/hm_lordlieutenant_of_bedfordshire_helen_nellis/746/coronavirus_a_message_from_the_lord-lieutenant

 

Plastic Wallets available from Bill Willgress: please contact him on  billwillgress@gmail.com if you want any.