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HOLY WEEK AT HOME - CHELMSFORD DIOCESE
There have been nearly 10,000 visits to the Chelmsford Diocesan Holy Week at Home website since it was launched on Wednesday last week. Please do take the opportunity to visit the site. Please also continue to share your own pictures and worship ideas at #HolyWeekAtHome. Recent additions to Holy Week at Home include:
- Adverts for Rumours of Hope 2020- a national virtual vigil for Easter Eve featuring Bishop Stephen
- Adverts for special services for the NHS, Emergency Service Workers and Supermarket and Shop workers live streamed from St Mary's, Ilford
- New videos, podcasts, poetry and a recipe for each day of Holy Week
During Holy Week, Fr. Dan will live stream the following services from his house via Facebook:
7.30 pm Said Eucharist with Jordan Palmer preaching - followed by The Watch till midnight
2.00pm - 3.00pm Last Hour of Devotion
6.00am First Eucharist - Sermon by the Archdeacon of Barking
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
On official advice from the Bishop of Chelmsford, our church building will now be closed until further notice.
We will livestream our Sunday morning 10.00am Services on Facebook. Click on the Facebook icon on the Home page and select Posts. From this Sunday it will come from the Curate's house since we are not allowed to use the Church building in any way. Here is the podcast for Sunday 5th April by Dean Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral:
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 10am services will be ‘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.
Serve the community
As our members over the age of 70 and with underlying health conditions are asked to self-isolate, it will quickly become obvious how much the church depends on people from these groups in order to run. Thank you all for your faithful, sustained commitment.
Meanwhile, volunteers from church will be in touch with every member of the Electoral Roll to ask whether you would like to join a small local group of church members who will keep in touch with each other by phone, pray for each other and offer whatever support is possible within current restrictions. Fr. Dan is coordinating this together with the Pastoral team.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Yours in Christ,
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 - SERIES ONE - POSTPONED
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).
Friday 20th March:
Stephen King (Organ) - Brentwood Cathedral
Friday 27th March:
Jonathan Venner (Organ) - St. Edward's
Friday 3rd April:
Christopher Webb & Jonathan Venner (Organ Duo) - St. Edward's
7TH ROMFORD BROWNIES - NEW LEADERS REQUIRED
We are looking for two new volunteers/leaders for a lovely group of girls. We meet every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm in the hall of the Wykeham Centre, next to the church. We are looking for volunteers that have a lovely warm smile making all of our girls feel welcome, have a good sense of humour and loves to laugh, even when some nights can be a little busy and chaotic, and enjoys being creative getting messy and is very down to earth.
If you are interested, please contact us via the Parish Office.
Tuesday 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 TO ANNOUNCE THAT CATERPILLARS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED 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 Jordan Palmer if you are interested.
Ed's Place in 40 High Street is currently closed due to the Government's restrictions on social interactions. However, you can still 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. 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.
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.