Tim's newsletter 28 March 20

Dear all,
 
I trust you are keeping well and following all the strict guidelines to protect the NHS and save lives at this time of extraordinary measures for our nation.
 
I am aware of and most grateful for all the care and support being offered to the isolated within our 5 congregations of the Benefice. Forgive me for repeating myself, but I want to reiterate that if you do need help, especially by way of shopping please do get in touch with me. Or, if you just want to have a chat (or to pray together over the phone) please feel free to call me. Tel. 01723 448351
 
Churches closed:
With churches closed church weddings cannot take place for the foreseeable future. Baptisms can only take place in an emergency either in the home or in hospital whilst following the strict regulations for social distancing.
Funerals can only take place in a crematorium or at the graveside. Only close family members are allowed to attend whilst also following the social distancing rules. Please do pray for those affected by these restrictions. 
 
More prayer and worship resources for use at home:
The churches are having to work differently at this time. As our churches are closed, prayer and worship are now focused in our hearts and in our homes. There are many resources being made available for us all to access. More will be made available over time, but here below are some for this weekend: 
 

Join the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of Selby, Whitby and Hull via Facebook for prayers during the day on the 5th Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday, the 29th March.

 
NB Some of these resources will be on Facebook - BUT NO FACEBOOK ACCOUNT IS NEEDED!
 

Archbishop Sentamu will lead an Act of Worship for the Church of England (www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland) at 9.00am, while the Diocese of York (www.facebook.com/DioceseOfYork) will offer moments from Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer at 12.00 noon, 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

 
Special prayers for Lent 5
This link will take you to a reading and prayers for Lent 5 - Sunday 29th March:
 
A new song:
Some you will know that I was a member of the Lee Abbey Community 40 years ago. I keep in touch with their news. A new song has been written about this crisis and I supply the link here so you can watch and listen (the music score to the left is incomplete - I think they had some technical difficulties). The film shows scenes from Lee Bay, North Devon, which is on the estate and overlooked by the house.
 
Helping those with no Internet
If you are in touch with folk who have no Internet, please remind them of the resources available on TV. Our Archbishops write:
'The BBC is also offering services on television and radio and online which people can access and we are working closely with them.'
 
For your interest I will forward the Journal for the York Diocese.
 
Thank you again for all you doing!
 
With my continued best wishes and prayers,
Tim
 

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