Lament, thanksgiving and restoration

Good news! We are inviting people to return to church, in the first instance, for private prayer. The church will be open from Monday – Wednesday and Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 2pm. We will open up the church this Monday. All of the safety procedures are in place. We will use the Lady Chapel and the entry point will be through the south door (not the Threshold). The church has been thoroughly cleaned and will continue to be so each week. Members of the congregation will be on-hand to help and maintain social distancing measures. You are advised to bring a face mask. Although this is a long way from what we are used to, it is a new beginning. We also recognise the amount of pain and disorientation that this pandemic has caused. Special prayers have been written in order for people to speak to God from the heart. These prayers focus on the themes of lament, thanksgiving and restoration. (Please watch my sermon which talks about these themes in more detail). So, come and light a candle if that helps. Pray before the icons which are windows upon something greater than we can say. Use the silence to listen and receive God’s presence.

For all budding liturgists – spot the ‘deliberate’ mistake. No prizes given!

STEWARDSHIP REQUEST

Our church has been affected by the lockdown as much as any other organisation that has had to close its doors to the public. We have not been able to hire out the halls. We have also lost the weekly giving offering Sunday by Sunday. It costs approaching £450 per day just to keep the building and grounds going and well maintained, and we are very dependent on goodwill offerings and donations. Many of our parishioners pay regularly by Standing Order through the Parish Share Scheme or by Direct Debit. These regular payments have become a lifeline. May I ask all those who do not give in this way to consider setting up a Standing Order or Direct Debit. The instructions to do so follow here.

I fully understand that this request comes at a time when many of us are feeling the pinch. I am also aware of the sacrificial generosity of many in order to support the church’s continuing ministry and mission.

Regular stewardship Standing Orders

Transferring directly into our bank account is the most efficient for us and, by using your online banking, this is usually straightforward and leaves you in complete control. No need to give your private bank details to us or any external organisation — just give your bank our bank details. You can change the amount at any time using your online banking, or visiting your local branch. Our bank is CAF Bank:

Account:  St Michaels & All Angels Summertown
Sort Code:  40-52-40
Acc No.:  00011607

Please don’t forget to Gift Aid if you are able. The Gift Aid form is attached to this message.

THE QUARTERLY (From the Editors)

The Quarterly is a journal put together by all the churches in the Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership.  At present the June issue is only available electronically. Click this link to open the file or cut and paste this address http://www.stpeterswolvercote.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Quarterly_June2020.pdf into your browser. Do please read it as we, the editors, think we’ve put together an interesting issue thanks to contributions throughout the Partnership. 

VIRTUAL COFFEE AFTER SUNDAY CHURCHWe meet on Zoom at 11.30am to share some thoughts about the week or even the church service which is produced for each Sunday. This is a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends and meet others who we haven’t become acquainted with. Please email Clare for an invitation: curate@stmichaels-summertown.org.uk

Author: Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown in the Oxford Diocese since September 2011. After serving his title at St Alphege, Solihull, Gavin became parish priest of St Andrew's Fulham Fields in London. He moved to Wales in 2005 becoming Chaplain to Monmouth School. He is married to Jo, a clinical psychologist, and they have three sons.