Benefice News - 4th July 2020

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A copy of this week’s Church News can be found here. In addition to news, the document gives full details of all of our services during weekdays, as well as those this coming Sunday and the following Sunday. Do join in with everything that appeals to you.

Sunday 5th July 2020 - Fourth Sunday After Trinity

The services planned for Sunday 5th July will all take place in our churches, as well as being streamed over the Internet using Zoom. Details are shown in the left hand margin of this webpage and on the Benefice calendar here. The service sheet for the Family Service to be held at St John’s Church, Charlton at 10.00 am can be downloaded and/or printed here.

We hope that you are able to participate in one or more of the varied acts of worship that have been planned, either in church or on Zoom.

Churches Opening for Public Worship

We are delighted that our church buildings are open once again for pubic worship. We will be following Government and Church of England Guidance. Currently the main points are:

  • We will maintain 2 metres social distancing (outside of our household group) in our church buildings and whilst waiting to enter the building.
  • Anybody who is feeling unwell should not enter the church building but should return home and seek medical advice in severe cases.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available as we enter the building and have to be used by all entering. Each church will have separate procedures with clear instructions.
  • As you enter the church building you will be asked to provide your name and contact details which will be kept securely for 21 days.
  • Our services will not include the singing of hymns although we may have live music played on the organ or other (non wind) instruments or some recorded material.
  • We shall not share the peace physically with each other.
  • We shall not shout or speak in a raised voice so as to avoid extending aerosol spray.
  • We will also ensure high contact areas in the church building are sanitised before each service.
  • We are sorry we cannot offer refreshments until further notice.
  • We shall enter and leave the building when instructed to do so whilstmaintaining social distancing.
  • At communion services, those receiving communion will say ‘Amen’ collectively and will then receive communion under one kind only in silence. The priest distributing communion will wear a face mask.

The guidance states, “At present, communion should be administered in one kind only with no sharing of the common cup. The president alone should always take the wine, consuming all that has been consecrated; other communicants should receive the bread only, in the hand. As the Liturgical and Faith and Order Commissions have made clear, this is still ‘complete communion’. In order to minimise overall risk, intinction (dipping the bread into the wine) should not be practised.”

“The priest should sanitise his/her hands before administering the bread. Each communicant should also be encouraged to sanitise their hands before receiving the bread.”

Important: we need to know the number of people who are intending to come to our public services each week. Please let either the Churchwarden, The Rev’d Kevin or Jo our Administrator know if you are intending to come to a service the following Sunday. If you don’t let us know, we may need to turn you away at the church door if we have reached our capacity according to Government and Church of England guidelines. We really want to ensure all those who wish to come to a service are able to attend one.

Churches Opening During the Week

Some of our church buildings will be open at specified times throughout the coming week. Details of the opening days and times for each church are shown below:

  • St Andrew’s Church, Donhead St Andrew: Tuesday and Friday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • St Mary's Church, East Knoyle: Wednesday: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon; Saturday: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • St Leonard’s Church, Semley: Sunday and Wednesday: 9.15 am to 6.00 pm

These details may change as we gain experience of our ‘new normal’, so please check this page from week to week for the latest information.

Assistant Curate’s Day Off

The Rev’d Kevin’s usual day off is now a Monday.


Sunday Services

With services now being held in our churches on Sundays and most being ‘Zoomed’ at the same time, we require two ‘Zoom rooms' to enable us to Zoom two services from different churches simultaneously. Details of each ‘Zoom room' are shown below.

Important: please ensure that you check in the left hand margin of the this page the Zoom details of the service in which you wish to participate before joining the service.

Zoom 1

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 867689

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 868 2071 9578
Password: 867689

You can also participate in services by dialling in by telephone to one of these phone numbers: 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240.

Zoom 2

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 175430

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 287 295 5220
Password: 175430

You can also participate in services by dialling in by telephone to one of these phone numbers: 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240.

Evening Prayer

On Monday to Saturday, we join with Nadder Valley Benefice to pray Evening Prayer with them. The Zoom details for their services are as follows:
Meeting ID: 849 6633 2040 Password: 039012 

Click here for more guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting.