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St Oswald’s Newsheet 5thJuly 2020
Fourth Sunday after Trinity
The reopening of St. Oswald’s continues to go well and is obviously meeting a need for both church members and the general public. You will by now know that churches can reopen for public worship from this weekend. However, I decided in consultation with the church wardens, that we would try to reopen on July 12 th as appropriate guidance was at the time largely absent.
Given the amount of time needed to oversee the Sunday opening, and the further disruption to the building involved in doing so, we will not be widening our midweek opening for the time being. So for now, St. Oswald’s remains open…
 Mondays and Thursdays 12 noon ‘till 2pm
 Entry is through the south porch RIGHT HAND door, exit through the LEFT HAND door only
 There is a one-way system in place and socially distanced seating and I ask that people respect that
 Please use the hand sanitisers as you enter and before you leave the building
 Pews are to be used by an individual or members of a household, there are 12 pews in total
 Please do not cross the ropes into the chancel or the Lady Chapel as they are part of a separate staff only area
 We are not able to provide any prayer/devotional resources so please bring your own and take it home with you
 You might be asked to wait before you can enter the building so please be courteous to other users and remember to socially distance
 Mat will be present each day to help

The church Foodbank box has been returned to the church porch as an alternative to the new Foodbank box on the vicarage drive. All donations are being delivered to the Foodbank on Wednesday mornings.
You can also access the wall safes in church and there is a COVID-safe gift aid station. Like many organisations and businesses, St. Oswald’s is experiencing a significant squeeze on its income whilst still having to pay insurance, parish share and now the costs of reopening.
With regards to Sunday worship… the PCC will meet next week to discuss the opening of St. Oswald’s from 12 th July. I am writing new risk assessments and protocols as necessary to enable us to potentially open with a single Sunday service. The service will be a 10:30 am Eucharist with social distancing and strict hygiene protocols, attendees will be asked to move quickly to and from their seats and obey the guidance given by the stewards. At this stage we are allowed organ music but no singing. I stress that this will only happen if the PCC agree that it can be done safely. I will update the situation as soon as I am able using the church website, Facebook page, and church noticeboards.

Other items…
Prayer requests & updates should be sent by email to stoswald.prayers@gmail.com. The mid-day Wednesday ‘praying together apart’ initiative continues, if you would like more information or would like to receive the weekly prayer update, please email Lindsay (LFLClarke@hotmail.co.uk).
Prayers and worship resources are available online and hard copies can be produced by Frances should you wish to have them, please contact her on 01691 652861

We are continuing to resource people who are off line, so if you are aware of someone who would like a hard copy of this Sunday sheet could you please print one off and give it to them. Could you also let Frances know so she can keep track of who is receiving what and how.
The Office email is stoswald.office@gmail.com
For our prayers…
Those who are reopening their shops, businesses and churches this weekend.
Those known to us who are sick, especially those affected with Covid-19, care workers and all NHS staff.
Our local schools as they continue to admit more children and young people and plan for September.
Those who remain furloughed and those who have lost their jobs and livelihoods.
Those known to us who have died, among them… Gwerfyl Pugh, Joan Woodward, and Gwendoline Clara Skelton

‘Keep safe and keep praying’


Also on Facebook:- 'Virtual St Oswald's', a private group for church people to keep in touch with each other. Go to Facebook, search for Virtual St Oswald's  and click 'join'.



TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE AVAILABLE HERE TO PUT IN YOUR WINDOW IF YOU NEED HELP

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THE FOODBANK WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL FOR HELP OR DONATIONS. See Weekly News for details

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY:- 

“As we continue responding to Coronavirus, a lot of us are wondering how we can walk in faith, resist fear, and support those who are most vulnerable.

The first thing to say is that following the advice of experts – especially about washing our hands regularly and self-isolating if we have cold or flu symptoms – is a really important place to start.

But what else can we do? Well, the thing about having hope, faith and courage is that although they are gifts from God, we can do our bit to nurture them. We can take some time to sit quietly and pray, letting God know about those things that are on our hearts and minds. When we do that, we make that connection with God that nourishes and sustains us. We can pray for those who are physically vulnerable. Those who are financially insecure and worried about needing to take time off work. Those who live in countries without public healthcare systems. Those who do not have family or friends and are facing this situation alone. We can pray for healthcare workers and political leaders who are responding to this crisis and bearing the incredible responsibility of trying to keep us safe.

That brings us to resisting fear. One way to avoid being overwhelmed by fear is turning our attention to helping someone. Is there a person in your life, or your community, that you could call on the phone and see if they’re okay? Maybe it was someone that you prayed for? Perhaps they can’t get to the shops – could you pick up some groceries for them? Perhaps they are self-isolating and feeling lonely – could you call them on the phone and see how they are? If you have some spare income, or some spare food, could you donate to your local food bank? Let’s remember that we are in this together. Let’s look after ourselves and our communities, gain courage from each other, and walk together in hope and faith. As it says in Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

To find out more about the Church of England's response to coronavirus, along with prayers and other resources, visit: www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus

Watch this space for further news. We will keep you posted. Keep safe, keep well, keep in touch.