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Church Services - Update January 2021
We have had to make the difficult decision to switch back to livestreamed services only on Sunday mornings during this period of lockdown. The high rate of infections in Havering coupled with the advice to stay at home has prompted us to take this action to protect members of our congregation as well as the people helping to run the services.
There will be no public worship from 3rd January 2021 in church and we will review the situation at the end of the lockdown period. Please note that we will livestream our Sunday morning 10am Eucharist Services via Facebook.
We have had some wonderful Christmas Services in Church despite the restrictions and all of those services can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Opening of Church Building
Our church building is usually open for Private Prayer and Reflection 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.
Please note that the Church Building will NOT be open for personal prayer until mid February 2021 at the earliest. We very much regret this decision and will review at the earliest opportunity.
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 closed until further notice.
We are livestreaming our Sunday morning 10.00am Eucharist Services from Church via Facebook. Click on the Facebook icon on the Home page and select Videos or Live. Live streaming Video can be watched at 10.00am and watched at any time thereafter. The 10.00 Service will be a full choral service (where possible - this can change at short notice in the current circumstances) with music and 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 17th January by Revd Canon Imogen Nay:
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 Saturdays before the live streamed service the next day (or through the letterbox for those not on email). You are always welcome to call Fr Dan on 07749 778436.
Our Sunday 10am 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 now closed until further notice. Emails and post are regularly monitored/collected even when the parish office is closed.
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 BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE VERY MUCH REGRET THAT WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE THIS DECISION BUT HOPE THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO RETURN IN THE NEW YEAR.
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 now closed due to the Government's restrictions on social interactions. We are hoping to re-open in our new home in the Market Place later this year when restrictions are lifted. 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, Romford.
Unfortunately this group cannot meet at the moment and will hopefully be able to re-start in the new year.
ST. EDWARD'S MUSIC SOCIETY
Choral Concert - Sunday 29th March at 6.30pm - THIS CONCERT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 the Parish Office on 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.