To know and love Jesus and to make his love known to all

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  • Revd David warmly welcomes you to the parish church.

    Saturday 4th July 2020

    St. George's will be open for public worship tomorrow, Sunday 5th July.

    "Praise the Lord!"

    8am at St. Nicholas Sandhurst

    10am at St. George's

    But it will not be "back to normal"; there are many restrictions:

    - Everyone must hand sanitise on entry and exit
    - Everyone must 2m social distance at all times. "Households" can sit together.
    - Use alternate pews (Marked with "green tick" and "red cross")
    - A register of names of people attending is being kept for 21 days
    - If someone is in the "70+" or another "vulnerable, at risk" group, they are advised not to come to church. But it is your choice; you will be very welcome if you do come. (But as part of the Government guidelines we have to advise of the increased risk in an indoor public gathering.)
    - Organ music, but no hymns, at the 10 o'clock service
    - Communion distribution (wafer only) standing at the chancel step; plus one-way system to return. The priest will wear a face visor during distribution. (Only the priest to receive the wine.)
    - Service Booklet to basket when leave. These will be quarantined for at least 48hrs.
    - No refreshments or fellowship time after the service, in church nor in the churchyard.
    - Exit: St. George's - north and west doors; St. Nicholas - west door.
    - Numbers will also be limited. (We estimate that St. George's can seat 60 people in "households" and St. Nicholas 40 at the 2m social distance.)
    - Next Sunday, 12th: 8am at St. George's, 10am at St. Nicholas
    - A video recording will be made of the live 10 o'clock service; this will be available on YouTube later in the day.
    Hopefully we will have some bells rung for 15 minutes before the 10 o'clock service.
    I will be leading and presiding and Revd Rosemary will be preaching at both services.
     
    The Risk Assessment will be available on the website, should you wish to read the detail. This will be reviewed, and if necessary amended, after our first services.
    I look forward to worshipping God with you tomorrow.
    Revd David

    Daily Scripture

    Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,


    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. (Psalm 33:12)

    Daily Reflection

    Belonging is a fundamental part of our human nature. When we are cut off from others we feel rejected, left out, cast aside - we loose our sense of self-worth and our lives seem empty and pointless. Being given the opportunity to belong, to be part of God’s family, is life changing and transformational. It restores our sense of belonging as we realise that we are part of one big family - we are happy to belong to God’s nation. Belonging gives us a sense of safety, comfort and ease - being cast aside makes us all at sea and at dis-ease. We are all connected together in the love of God - he has chosen us and all we need to do is to accept that love to belong to His nation.
    Lyn Hayes ALM

     

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    Church open for individual private prayer

    GREAT NEWS! St. George's is open..... for individual private prayer, from 9am to 5pm. Please:

    - hand sanitise on entry and exit

    - maintain social distancing if someone else is in the church for prayer

    - do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms

    If you wish to read some scripture when you come to church for private prayer, please bring your Bible with you.

    I will continue the Daily Office of Morning Prayer, at 8 o'clock, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at St. George's.

    Revd David

     

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    Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.

    With love, Revd David

     

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  • “Services” and Prayer:

    Though the building remains closed for public, prayer is still happening every day

    • 8am Morning Prayer
    • 6pm Evening Prayer.

    As of Monday 15th June, the church will be open for individual private prayer. Please make use of the beautiful space for some quiet time with God.

    If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.

    Care:

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
    Now really is the time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we will get through this.

    Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:

    A prayer in the morning:

    Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
    Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
    Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.

    A prayer in the evening:

    God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:
    we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
    knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
    To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.

    With love, David

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