Vicar's Newsletter for 10th January

Dear all,
The latest lockdown comes as a blow to all, but is not unexpected given the increase in infections. We have permission to continue with public worship. Here is the official guidance from the website:
"You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times."
Please find below details for January. Most of our benefice churches are now closed. Hunmanby will be open tomorrow, 10th January, for morning Worship, not holy Communion. Adherence to the strictly applied Covid-safe rules will be required by all who attend including wearing of mask, gelling hands on entry and exit, staying 2m apart and not mingling or chatting on entry or exit, but dispersing promptly. 
If you are shielding or have particular concerns about  meeting with others then it is best that you remain at home. The same goes for anyone showing Covid-19 symptoms of course.
The Bishop of London who leads the Churches Recovery Group writes this:

“I would urge everyone in our churches to pray for those on the front line in our public services - the NHS and those working in social care, for schools and many others on whom we depend; and for parents and carers of children at this anxious and stressful time.

“There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians, we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.”

Please do get in touch with me if you have any questions or just to have a chat. 
Prerecorded Audio Service on Sunday 10th January:  1st Sunday of Epiphany. This will enable you to participate in our prerecorded live AUDIO service (like a radio service). It was recorded in church last Sunday so you get it a week late. You will also find a file attached with the hymn lyrics.
Here is the All Saints Hunmanby website link in blue for Sunday morning - The service will be available anytime on Sunday.
SUNDAY 10th January AUDIO SERVICE -   You will find the service in two or three parts and no need to search for worship songs as these are already included in the service.  
A reminder that names of those attending collective worship must be recorded and kept for 21 days for the Test and Trace system. Face coverings are now required by law to be worn in places of worship. Congregational singing is still not permitted.
This week - Saturday Morning Open Prayer Meeting for the Benefice on Zoom
If you haven't already done so, why not download Zoom onto your device (it's free) and join a 9.30am to 10.00am Saturday morning prayer meeting for the Hertford Benefice. Let me know by Thursday 14th January if you would like to join in on Saturday 16th. I will then send you the link to join the meeting which you join using video - i.e. your device camera (so we can all see each other!). You will be invited to join some minutes early for a 'meet and greet' and to sort any technical issues. Please check that your camera and microphone are unmuted.
MORNING PRAYER ONLINE 9.00AM - the service goes out live but a recording of it remains on the website
WEDNESDAYS ONLY at 9.00am. Here is the link:
A free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Provided by the Church of England. Tel.  0800 804 8044
Diocese of York Journal
For your perusal I will forward to you the latest edition of 'The Journal' this weekend. It contains plenty of interesting items.
My day off this week is Friday 17th.
Please note that Holy Communion will only be received by the congregation in one kind (bread/wafer only). You are asked to follow the direction of a churchwarden/sidesperson and when you receive please return to your seat before removing your face covering to consume. Communion will be administered whilst standing. Kneeling at the communion rail is suspended.
Services suspended until further notice - by agreement of the Vicar and PCC.
One service in January:
Sunday 17th January 9.30am BCP Holy Communion
HUNMANBY NEWS - you are requested to bring a pen to write your name and contact no. on a slip provided for Test and Trace purposes. 
Sunday 10th January 11.00am Now Morning Worship (NOT Holy Communion)
Sunday 17th January 11.00am Morning Worship
Sunday 24th January 11.00am Morning Worship
Sunday 31st January 10.00am Morning Worship
Services suspended until further notice - by agreement of the Vicar and PCC.
No services in January -  by agreement of the Vicar and PCC.
During this latest lockdown churchwarden Venetia Wrigley has kindly offered to open up St. Nicholas Church for private prayer by appointment at a time convenient to both parties. Venetia explains: "I will open the church 10 minutes before the appointed time, wipe down the door handle, ensure that a pew is wiped ready, leave the church, wait in my car until the prayer session is over and then return to church and wipe everything down again including the door handle and relock the building."
If you would like to avail yourself of this offer, please call Venetia on her mobile no.  07773 217372 
For the remainder of January the cafe will only open IF special events are planned and these would be pre-advertised.
Christmas Deliveries
Joy Ossai, our Wellbeing Hub coordinator writes: 'A total of 123 people received a box of food or present and card in the week before Christmas thanks to to the generosity and hard work of numerous people from church and our community. A brilliant worthwhile project for the Wellbeing Hub.' 
Monday 4th January
Many thanks for the great response to the request for things for homeless which have now been delivered to our Salvation Army contact.
Recycle Bin for Cards
A bin has been placed outside the cafe (Stonegate side next to crisp bin) for recycling Christmas cards. Please cut off the back along with any writing and place in the waterproof bag in the bin, they will be used for future craft sessions. There will also be a box in the church porch on Sundays for their collection.
A church member in Hunmanby has had unsolicited and unwelcome mail in the post from Jehovah Witnesses based in Filey. I trust that if you should receive any such communication you will have the godly wisdom to dispose of it appropriately.
If for any reason you prefer not to be included in this mailing please just send me an email and I will remove yours from the list. Many thanks. 
Every blessing,

Revd Tim Parker

Vicar of Hertford Benefice:

St John the Evangelist Folkton, St. Nicholas Ganton, All Saints Hunmanby, All Saints Muston and St. Peter Willerby

The Vicarage
6 Northgate
North Yorkshire
YO14 0NT
Tel. 01723 448351

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