JULY NEWS UPDATE
WE ARE RE-OPENING FOR WORSHIP!
On Sunday 12 July, at 10.30am we look forward to holding our first Service since the "Coronavirus" situation began in March ... and we look forward to sharing it with you. So, put the date in your diary, and join us once again ...
SUNDAY 12 JULY @ 10.30am
We are required, by the regulations, to conduct a Risk Assesment, and provide worshippers with Safety Notes, both of which you can read by clicking on the links as shown. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Ian.
Meanwhile, our ...
... will continue for a transition period, as we settle back into the routine of worshipping once again inside our Church. These are early days, and the virus could, sadly, peak again (or similar) so we must be cautious, yet optimistic with it.
Also, there will be many who do not feel confident about entering a public building at this stage, and we totally understand that concern - which is why we shall continue with our e-Church, offering Bible readings, prayers, reflective material and a liturgy to follow, so that no one will ever feel excluded.
If you have any comments which you would like to share, please do not hesitate in contacting Fr. Ian.
FUNERALS, WEDDINGS & BAPTISMS
As the 'lockdown' situation eases, the regulations now allow for certain additional acts of worship to take place within churches, all subject to restrictions and regulation, and dependant upon the conditions within the building.
At this point in time, here at St. Mark's we are now able to offer FUNERALS within the Church, so if you are looking to organise such, please contact Fr. Ian for the latest update concerning the limitations on numbers attending and the style of service available.
As an alternative, you may like to consider the tranquil location of "Greenacres" at Heatherley Wood (near Grayshott), where both cremation and burial is offered. I have just conducted two funerals there, and can certainly recommend it as a comforting venue for any funeral ceremony. [For more information, use the link above, or speak with Fr. Ian]
We are now looking at taking provisional enquiries for WEDDINGS in 2021. Again, additional information is available via Fr. Ian. If you are considering organising a Wedding, please be sure to speak with us before you attempt to book a venue!
At this stage, BAPTISMS are not currently available here at St. Mark's - but keep an eye on this website for updates.
FOR YOUR REFLECTIVE TIME ...
And so we enter that long "Summer-Time" season, otherwise known as the 'Sundays After Trinity'.
Whilst devoid of major themes, we will try to provide a little variety along the way during this 'closure' period ...
[LECTIONARY of Bible Readings for July currrently under construction]
"SUMMER-TIME" Worship (for the Season of Trinity)
TRINITY 3 (28 June) Thoughts on Matthew 10:40-end
Our friends at St. Peter's have recorded some worship resources which you can access on their YouTube Channel. There is a large range of items, including talks, prayers and worship itself. They also have some material for children: PJ Church (for Juniors & Infants) and Youth Online (for teenagers). There is a lot to choose from, so do take a look!
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A new Church of England feature, with prayerful resources for all - click HERE for more details
Click HERE to read Fr. Ian musing on all sorts of things ...
And, if you're looking to laugh-out-loud, then watch this YouTube video from a chapel community in Wales, as they prepare to greet you at their Church now that the 'closure' is over ...
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NOTE: Periodically, material will be removed from this main "Coronav e-Church" page ... if you are looking for something (article or picture), you may now find it in the 'Archive', which can be accessed via the button on the menu-bar to the left
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During this "Coronavirus" situation,
the following still cannot happen ...
St. Mark's Fellowship Group - no more meetings for the time being
Social Events - all planned social events in the parish calendar are suspended
... Updates will follow as the regulations ease
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St. MARK'S SCHOOL CHILDREN
are very much in our thoughts & prayers at this time
as they try to understand the issues of this "Coronavirus" situation
and why some are still at home
and others are allowed back into School
We've encouraged them to put some of their thoughts into prayer,
which we are adding to the e-Church Prayer Calendar below
so do take a look - and remember each of them at this time
A Prayer for Today
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Take a look below at our PHOTO GALLERY ...
we're making sure we don't forget each other during this situation ...
and have gathered photos of Church members & events ...
Keep them coming in!
Just email a .jpeg file to Fr. Ian [email@example.com], and we'll add you to the montage. These photos also act as another quiet way to remember our Church family in thought & prayer
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Below, our e-Church Prayer Calendar, each day bringing you an Intercession. It is compiled from requests for prayer made by each and everyone of you - so if there is any topic that you would like reflected in this rolling list, please get in touch by clicking HERE
All of these petitions for prayer are also available, as a list, by clicking HERE
(Meanwhile, our usual monthly cycle of Prayer for the whole parish is also available, as always, via the 'Prayer & Scripture' button in the menu-bar - thanks to Marie for continuing this feature)