LATEST NEWS AND DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Re-Opening of Church Building
Our church building has now re-opened 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 access to the church is limited to a maximum of 20 visitors at any one time.
Our first Said Eucharist service back in Church will be on Sunday 12th July at 8.00am. Maximum number of attendees will be 30. Please contact the Churchwardens or Fr. Dan if you wish to attend so we have some idea of number to be expected.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
Following the guidelines from the Church of England and the official advice from the Bishop of Chelmsford, our church building has been prepared to re-open for Services and is already welcoming visitors for Private Prayer only on market days.
We have been livestreaming our Sunday morning 10.00am Services on Facebook. Click on the Facebook icon on the Home page and select Posts. Live streaming from the Curate's house. This is 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 12th July by Dean Nicholas Henshall:
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, 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 & SUMMER FAYRE
We have changed these dates yet again and have provisionally set dates for these events in September but these dates are subject to change.
FACULTY FOR ORGAN PROJECT
Background: The organ at St Edward’s Church, Romford is a fine instrument and historically significant with its fine casework designed by the late David Graebe (Lancing College, St Martin’s in the Fields) and it is, without doubt, a high quality instrument in the classical tradition which has been well-maintained over the past 40 years.
An Organ by J.W. Walker & Sons was installed in the church in 1866 on the north side of the Choir. Before 1866 it seems possible that the organ from the old church was used between 1850 and that date. The Walker organ was rebuilt in 1905 by Henry Speechly & Sons, but by the 1970s it was in need of major reconstruction and overhaul. In 1978 a new organ was commissioned, once again from J.W. Walker. This instrument incorporates the best pipe work from the old organ and now stands on the west gallery where it can be heard to full advantage. However, four ranks of pipes were only ‘prepared for' and following a period of fundraising the instrument was cleaned and completed in April 1994.
Part 1: Project Outline: Plans are now underway for a clean and overhaul, along with the replacement and renovation of some of the pipework, for 2020 to mark the 40th anniversary of the initial installation. Start Date: Summer 2020
Part 2: Addition of electrification of draw-stop action: We are in process of fund-raising in order to electrify the mechanical draw-stop action and to allow a ‘capture’ registration system to facilitate organists in both service accompaniment and recitals. What is important, and reiterated by all three companies that provided reports and estimates, that we should maintain the instrument as a fine example of a classical pipe organ and that it should be preserved as such for future generations. Hence, it is now time to complete this renovation project. It would be fair to say that by design and location the organ may not be the ideal instrument for accompanying a chancel choir singing a full range of liturgical repertoire, but by the addition of this modification of the stop action it would enable us to continue to offer first class music and continue as a major parish serving the community as a civic and cultural centre in a busy and transforming town environment well in to the future. Start Date: any time during 2020-2022 if sufficient funds can be raised.
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. HOWEVER, CATERPILLARS IS NOW LIVE STREAMED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING AT 10.00AM.
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.