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Currently in line with national guidelines all church services have been suspended.
You may have seen the news about the suspension of Sunday church services for the time being in the light of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Guidance about other services, such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, is being developed and will be released soon.
The church however will be open during daylight hours for private prayer and contemplation. Please use it for a quiet moment.
Please find below a letter from Peter Kay Vicar to the All Saints church family and other members of the village.
18 March 2020
I'm getting in touch with you as members of the All Saints church family and other members of the village. Many of you will have already seen the news about the suspension of Sunday church services for the time being in the light of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
Please see the following links for the Archbishops' letter and the latest national guidance. I understand that guidance about other services, such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, is being developed and will be released soon.
I'm sure that people will have a number of different thoughts and feelings, and this will certainly need some time for us to absorb. These are very unusual times! However, although we can't gather for worship in the same way that doesn't mean that we can't stay in touch, or find ways to worship or serve others. At a national level the C of E is working on different forms of guidance and resources are being produced, and locally people are already sharing different ideas, so we're already we'll be thinking about ways we can adapt to the current situation.
In this uncertainty I want very much to echo the Archbishops' words: "Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop. Far from it. " I am convinced that although there is uncertainty and concern there are also great opportunities for us to worship and meet with God in new ways, and also serve our village in Christ's name. Let's be alive to how God's Spirit is moving at this unusual time. Some things have changed, but 'Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever' (Hebrews 13:8) so we can still seek and rely on Him to lead us.
To mention a couple of wonderful responses that people have already made: firstly, people from the church and village have set up a Facebook group to make sure that everyone in Milton Ernest is 'covered' and has someone to turn to in the event of self-isolation - you have probably received the sheet through your letterbox in the last day or two - (please let me know if you haven't).
Another wonderful idea has been to put advent candles / lights (for example the triangularyou know the sort) in a front window as a way of encouraging others and displaying God's light and hope at this time - I very much recommend that idea to you, and of course it's something that even people in self- isolation can join in with.
This email is just to share some initial thoughts - I will seek to absorb and reflect on ways in which we can respond, will give further updates and ideas as things progress. Of course it's really important that we all keep in touch and work together, so please can you share your thoughts and ideas as well?
Perhaps above all - PRAY. There are so many different ways in which we can pray at this time. A prayer priority at the moment is for our medical personnel at the moment and indeed all other public servants on the frontline in different ways - as well as giving thanks for their commitment and skills we can pray for protection, for wisdom, for energy and much more.
I would also like to say - please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any concern - if you need someone to listen, speak to, pray with you, or some other help.
Finally, I've been reading Psalm 46 recently, that great prayer of trust in God's strength. Here are some of the verses, for us to keep in our minds, and inspire at prayers at this time:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Wishing you every blessing, and I pray the Lord's peace on our village and homes at this time,
In normal times our Sunday services are
Every Sunday service at 09:30am: on the 1st and 3rd Sunday there is a Holy Communion service on the 2nd and 4th sundays there is a 'Morning Worship' an informal mix of readings, talks. prayers and singing. Coffee, tea and biscuits are served after the each service to which everybody is warmly invited.
All children are invited with their parents to all Sunday services, though the Morning Worship services are less formal and children will learn more easily from these.
On every 4th Sunday, we also have a said service of Holy Communion (using the Book of Common Prayer) at 8am.
During the week
There is a service of Evening Prayer every Friday at 4pm, in the church.
On alternate Wednesdays at 11.30am there is a service of Holy Communion at Milton Ernest Hall Nursing Home (for residents, staff and visitors).
How to find us...
Saints church is at the heart of the village of Milton Ernest - just a short distance from the village hall and lower school. For more information about the church building click here