Week commencing 28th June 2020


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.

Services this Sunday June 28th

Please join us for the services on Sunday – and invite a friend – everyone is welcome:

           0131 460 1196

           0203 481 5240

           0203 051 2874

           0203 481 5237

The ID numbers for this week are:

10.30am Morning service:            897 1784 8656

6pm       Evensong:                      896 4876 5817


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 873 0164 1027

and for Bromham it is 936 6633 6208 Password: coffee

(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.


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.


Churches opening - for Private Prayer…

Starting today (Sunday 28th June) the churches will be open as follows:

St Mary’s Oakley – Sun and Weds, 2-4pm

St Owen’s Bromham –Weds 10-12noon, Sat 2-4pm

St Leonard’s Stagsden – Sat 10-12noon

Please follow the direction of the stewards on duty, maintain social distancing, and sanitise your hands on entry and exit (sanitiser provided).


If you have money to give, eg from Christian Aid week, Lent Frugal lunches, or your weekly envelopes, there will be a place to put this in each church.


We need stewards for when the churches are open – if you can safely offer this, talk to a church warden.


…and Public Worship?

The Government have now said that churches can open for public worship from July 4th. We await guidance from the Church of England about what exactly will be allowed – online services will continue for the foreseeable future while the PCCs work out the best way forward.

Face masks
available from Frances Bulmer with donations to St Owen’s Church PCC. These masks are made to order, contact Frances on 409916 for more information.

Giving During Lockdown
Bishop Alan’s sermon challenged us all to look at our financial giving to the church. If you want to respond to his message  please contact the treasurer for your parish: Bromham – Emma Harrison emmajberresford@hotmail.com;   Oakley – Sally Ball ls.ball@btinternet.com; Stagsden – via Di Harpham. Or ask Sarah or Catherine for their phone numbers.

Feeling under the weather?
Anyone can now access a test for coronavirus if they have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Visit this page  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 111 to arrange a test.


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.


Every Mind Matters, NHS website with expert advice and practical tips to stay mentally healthy whilst staying at home, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/