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Resumption of Sunday 10.00am Services - Update
We are very pleased to announce that the 10am service will resume in the church building on Sunday 4 October. We can now have a return to a choral service when the choir (choristers) will be able to lead us through music and their singing to the greater glory of God. Thank you all for your patience while we have prepared the building, our choir and our equipment to resume the 10am service and at the same time continue to livestream this service for those unable to join us in person.
In order to be able to manage the number of people attending and adhere to government and Church rules, please could you let the churchwardens know in advance if you wish to attend the 10am service and on Sundays thereafter.
Opening of Church Building
Our church building is open for Private Prayer and Reflection during the week. We are open on Market days, Wed/Fri/Sat, between 10am-2pm.
A one way system is in operation, with one entrance at the Main Door and one exit via the West Door.
We are asking visitors to observe social distancing rules and face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship.
There is a Said Eucharist Service in Church on Wednesdays and Fridays (see our Services details on the Home page). We also have our usual Said Eucharist service in Church on Sundays at 8.00am. Maximum number of attendees currently is 30. Please contact the Churchwardens or Fr. Dan if you wish to attend so we have some idea of number to be expected in advance.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
Following the guidelines from the Church of England and the official advice from the Bishop of Chelmsford, our church building is now open for a limited number of Services and is already welcoming visitors for Private Prayer on market days. We are asking everyone to observe social distancing rules and use hand sanitisers when entering/leaving the church building. It is also now mandatory that face masks/coverings are worn in places of worship from 8th August.
We have been and continue livestreaming our Sunday morning 8.00am Said Eucharist Service from Church on Facebook during August/September. Click on the Facebook icon on the Home page and select Posts. Live streaming Video can be watched at 10.00am. Once our 10.00am Eucharist Service is restored and full livestreaming equipment installed, we hope to continue livestreaming our 10.00am service. This will be a full choral service with recordings taken from our own choir's extensive output as well as inclusion of music for you to join in with, including the Thorne / Schubert / Pulkingham settings plus an offertory hymn.
You can also listen to sermon podcasts posted by Chelmsford Diocese.Here is the podcast for Sunday 27th September by Revd. Canon Janet Nicholls:
Keep in touch
If, at any time, you are a member of any group that has been instructed to self-isolate, you must do so for the good of our whole community. We will endeavour to be in contact with every church member to check that we are in touch with one another, so that help can be asked for and given, and so that we can maintain, as much as possible, our fellowship together. The weekly notice sheet will be sent to all members by email on Sunday mornings before the live streamed service (or through the letterbox for those not on email). You are always welcome to call Fr Dan on 07749 778436.
Our Sunday 8am services are being ‘livestreamed’ via our Facebook page, and this will then also be available to watch afterwards. You might also wish to join the very large number of regular listeners of Sunday Worship (8.10am) and the Daily Service (9.45am every day), broadcast on BBC Radio 4 LW and available on the BBC Sounds app.
Please remember to pray. It can be easy to forget in extraordinary circumstances such as these that we trust in our all-loving God every day. Our prayer lists will be on the notice sheet as usual, and you can email or call Fr. Dan to add names of those who are particularly in need. Please note that the Parish Office is closed until further notice, however, the emails and post are regularly monitored/collected.
New: St Edward's YouTube channel:
Click link above to subscribe to our channel and watch videos.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR PLAY GROUP MEETINGS ON THURSDAY MORNINGS HAVE NOW BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE VERY MUCH REGRET THAT WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE THIS DECISION WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
2020 LUNCHTIME RECITALS - POSTPONED
We hope to resume our recital series in the Autumn.
Fridays at noon - 35 minutes with free admission (retiring collecion in aid of organ fund for the 40th Anniversary clean & restoration of the Walker organ).
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Our proposed date for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is Sunday, 4th October 2020. The meeting will take place straight after the 10.00am Sunday morning service. Please note this is the APCM to review the year 2019 and the Annual Report including the Accounts for 2019 can now be viewed on our website.
The APCM was originally due to take place in April but was postponed due to the Covid-19 situation and must take place before 31st October 2020. At the meeting, elections will be held for PCC members and Deanery Synod members. If anyone on the Electoral Roll is interested in standing for election, then please speak to either the churchwardens or Fr. Dan for more information.
Please note that you can only attend the APCM if your name appears on the Electoral Roll and this year, we would kindly ask you to give us prior notice if you wish to attend. Due to social distancing rules, we need to manage the number of attendees carefully
Thursday mornings in Church starting at 10.00am. A group for 0-5 year olds, crafts, songs, bible stories and play. All Welcome!
IN LIGHT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO LIMIT SOCIAL INTERACTION, WE REGRET THAT WE CANNOT MEET IN CHURCH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Ed's Place is our youth outreach work. We run 3 groups a week where many young people attend. In order for these groups to run well, we need more volunteers to make this possible. You can take a part in loving our community regardless of your experience and skills. Please speak to Fr. Dan if you are interested.
Ed's Place in 40 High Street has re-opened for two sessions a week due to the Government's restrictions on social interactions. Please check how you can be part of Ed's Place through Facebook and Instagram.
EVOLVE - school term time only
A new group has started for the youth of St. Edward's Church aged 11-16. Games, something to eat and to discuss some of life's biggest questions every Friday during term time, 3.30pm to 5.45pm.
Where? ED'S PLACE, 40 High Street, Romford.
ST. EDWARD'S MUSIC SOCIETY
Choral Concert - Sunday 29th March at 6.30pm - THIS CONCERT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER
Choristers of St. Edward's, Wykeham Singers and Sinfonia perform Faure Requiem and other works for Passiontide.
Tickets £15 on the door / £10 "early bird" if purchased by Sunday 22nd March. Tickets can be ordered in advance from the Parish Office.
Please call 01708 744973 or email
We have 3 distribution Centres - Romford Baptist Church on a Monday 12-2pm, St. Edward's (Wykeham Centre) on a Wednesday 10.30-12.30pm and the Church of the Ascension Collier Row on a Friday 12.30-2.30pm. We are looking for volunteers to help on Wednesdays (at the Wykeham Centre) and at our donation sorting sessions twice a month on a Friday 9.30-11.45am at the Church of the Ascension. If anyone is available once or twice a month from 10am to 12.45pm, please contact Nicola - or 07548674958.
REGULAR GIVING: Can be by Monthly Direct Debit/Standing Orders or Weekly Yellow Envelopes. New Stewardship Envelopes are now available in Church. For those already in the scheme, please collect your usual numbered box. If you are unable to collect at the moment, it may be possible to deliver to you. If you are not yet in the Parish Giving Scheme and want to start, please speak to David Hawker.
GIFT AID: White Envelopes can be used for single donations and include an Git Aid Declaration. If you are a Tax Payer, please use a White envelope for your donation and complete the details so that Gift Aid can be recovered.
Please think carefully about maintaining as far as possible your usual level of giving to the Parish during this time of the Corona Virus. You can also donate to Church via the DONATE button on this Web page.
CRAFT GROUP (suspended until further notice)
We have a drop-in evening Craft and Chat Group on the Third Thursday of the month, at 7.30pm in Church House.
Our programme includes experts on knitting, patchwork, card making etc. We are starting with knitting or bring along which every craft you are doing.
Please bring along any knitting patterns and needles you no longer use for a pattern swap and the needles can be given to anyone who would like to start OR just come along for a coffee and chat.
Please note: This is in addition to our regular Craft group meetings on the last Thursday of the month at 10.30am in Church House.