Vicar's Newsletter for 14th February

Dear all,
This Sunday 14th February there's a service of prayer and reflection at St. Nicholas' Ganton at 10.00am and at All Saints Hunmanby an 11.00am service of 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. 
A reminder that Lent starts this week. On Ash Wednesday, 17th February, there is a service at 7pm at Hunmanby. 
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 Lent Encounter

This year, I am encouraging you to join 'The Lent Encounter' provided by The Bible Society. It’s a completely free 40-day journey to help you connect more with the Bible and the life of Jesus. I will forward the link to this resource later. Have a read as to what is being offered. You will need to sign up for it on the email - and remember to tick the 'I am not a robot' box. You don't need to buy the book that accompanies the series.

(NB: A different resource for Lent will be going to house-group members in Hunmanby, but that doesn't stop linking into the Bible Society course if you wish.)

When you click on the All Saints Hunmanby website link you will notice that the website looks a little different. Many thanks to Peter Loftus for our website make-over. Do let us know what you think. 
Please note that the online service this Sunday will be available in one file (not 3 separate files as previously).
Please see new instructions below. This is a test to see if it has sufficient sound quality in one file. If you have any comments about this test please to let me know. Thank you.
Please do get in touch with me if you have any questions or just to have a chat. 
Prerecorded Audio Service on Sunday 14th February:  Sunday Next Before Lent. You can now find the service and songs with the sound file. It was recorded in church last Sunday so you get it a week late.
SUNDAY 14th February AUDIO SERVICE -  NEW INSTRUCTIONS  You will find the service in one file.

Click on this link

Then the song words and order of service are available to be clicked with the sound file.

Previous weeks' services now remain available.

Di Loftus writes: "Our families at Teddy Edward, Cafe Church & Son-Rays are going to put hearts in their windows.  Why not join them?"
A poster about this initiative is attached here Share The Love. The idea can be used across the benefice!
If you make a heart why not put the cross in the centre, or perhaps a verse from the Bible, or both!?

PAUSE TO PRAY As you will probably be aware and as the number of people across the UK who have died after contracting Covid-19 this week exceeded 100,000, the Archbishops have issued an invitation to pause, reflect on the “enormity of this pandemic”, and to set aside time to pray each evening from next Monday. You can find their letter and prayer resources at

    Gracious God,
    as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
    surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
    Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair,
    and give us grace to persevere and face the future with hope
    in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

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.
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:
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 18th February if you would like to join in on Saturday 20th. 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.
A free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Provided by the Church of England. Tel.  0800 804 8044
My day off this week is Friday 19th.  
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.
Sunday 14th February 10.00am Service of prayer and contemplation
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 14th February 11.00am Holy Communion 
Ash Wednesday 17th February 7.00pm Service for the start of Lent
Sunday 21st February 11.00am Morning Worship
Sunday 28th February 11.00am Morning Worship
Services suspended until further notice - by agreement of the Vicar and PCC.
Services suspended until further notice -  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 
Foil-lined crisp packet collections continue. The bin is on the Stonegate side of the Spring Cafe.
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
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