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The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday August 1st - 9.30am in Church only.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord - 6th August
There will be a mass making the Transfiguration of Our Lord in church at 11 o’clock this coming Friday. The service will also be live streamed on Zoom through the following link
Meeting ID: 889 2226 6265
Services on Zoom
There will be a service of Compline this Wednesday 4th August at 9.30pm led by Father Alex. You can join through the following:
Meeting ID: 870 0216 5390
Lifting of Covid restrictions
Following a PCC meeting on Tuesday 27th July we have taken the decision to alter our Covid measures in a careful and cautious way. During the discussions the PCC were united in their view that any changes should not undermine the togetherness that we share as the body of Christ in South Yardley. The PCC felt that it was vital that we moved slowly taking every possible step to avoid creating an approach that would divide how we might feel about coming to worship in church. There are three strands to the decisions taken. The first strand relates to those measures that will remain in place for the time being, the second strand changes that will be made straight away and the third strand alterations which will be made in due course.
Strand one - we will continue to
use designated pews for seating thereby ensuring that we are all socially distanced in church
offer a reminder to sanitiser hands on entry to the church
strongly encourage the wearing of a face covering during any movement around church
have a socially distanced peace
not offer the common cup (the priest will receive the wine on everyone’s behalf)
display Track and Trace posters (QR code)
use a one way system into and out of church
ensure that the priest sanitises their hands prior to distributing communion
ensure that the priest wears a mask when communion is distributed
keep the ciborium covered until communion is distributed
Strand two - changes made immediately
the singing of two hymns (a face covering is optional during the singing)
refreshments offered after Sunday Mass in the hall
breakfast offered after Tuesday Mass
cessation on the recording of peoples names as they come into church
toilet becomes available
no longer ensuring either 48 hours falls between services or that the pews get sanitiser
stopping the collective response to the words of distribution for communion
Strand three - changes to be phased in (the earliest that this will happen is indicated but the timing may well change)
sung mass (from September)
five hymns sung (from September)
Holy water stoops refilled (from September)
elements brought up to the altar at the offertory (from September)
relax the ‘strong encouragement’ to wear face coverings for movement around church (from September)
pews lose their designation of ‘available' or ‘unavailable’ (from October)
sharing the common cup (from November)
the physical exchange of the peace (from November)
There is a risk assessment in place which covers the immediate changes which will also be updated to reflect those changes made in due course.
With all of these changes if the local situation alters with regard to infection rates or if national or diocesan advice alters we will respond accordingly.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to speak to Father Alex or any member of the PCC.
Refreshment and breakfast rota
Could you help organise refreshments after Sunday mass? If you can (no previous experience is needed) please add your name to the sheet in the Narthex next to the dates when you can help. Ideally we are looking for three people to cover each Sunday.
Are you able to help organise the breakfast after mass on a Tuesday? if you can please add your name to the sheet in the narthex next to the dates when you can help. Ideally we are looking for three people to cover each Tuesday.
Bric a Brac
We are planning to have a Bric a Brac stall during the Cream Tea event on the 28th August. Any donations will be gratefully received. Please mark them up in a bag and give them to Father Alex.
Living in Love and Faith (LLF)
Following a project led by the Bishops in the Church of England (who have a responsibility for upholding and teaching the faith) a range of resources have been produced for parishes to use to explore together matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. All churches are being encouraged to participate in a process of learning and praying together as part of discerning a way forward in relation to these matters.
This is an extremely important piece of work for the Church of England as the feedback from parishes will help shape how the church shares the love of God.
To help guide parishes in their exploration there is a structured teaching course consisting of five sessions which consider identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage through a mixture of studying what the Bible, theology, history and the social and biological sciences have to say, and by telling the real-life stories of followers of Christ with diverse experiences and convictions.
We will be running the teaching course on the following dates at St. Michael and All Angels church - Monday 6th September, Monday 20th September, Monday 27th September, Monday 4th October and Monday 11th October. Each session will begin at 10.30am and will conclude with a bring and share lunch at 12pm. Please give prayerful thought to taking part in this important piece of work. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask Father Alex. You can also find lots of information on the LLF website
Used postage stamps
Please bring in any used postage stamps for our collection in the narthex. They will be used to support the work of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Prayers for Saint Michael and All Angels
Please pray for the work going on to recruit an organist and also that we may have enough volunteers to make the offering of refreshments after Sunday and Tuesday services a reality.
Prayers for Saint Cyprian’s
Please pray for the refurbishment work at the Memorial Hall that Mike and Josh are safe and happy.
With prayers and best wishes,
Please see HOME then COVID-19 UPDATES above.
Our updated Risk Assessments and Sidespersons' Duties are now on view, see HOME above or click the button below:
In accordance with legislation effective from September 23rd, we have prepared and are displaying the NHS Contact Track and Trace QR code posters in our Hall and Narthex. At the moment this is for Hall users only, there is no requirement to use this when attending a service of worship but logging in will certainly help the NHS to follow the situation.
For those who are unfamiliar with this, please use your favourite search engine for NHS Covid-19 App and the details are all there. The website says:
The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.
All you need to do is download the app to your smartphone, give a few details and the app will start working. On arrival at SMAAA, or any other venue, simply scan the QR code at the entrance and that’s all there is to it. Protect your loved ones. Download the app.
St. Michael & All Angels Parish Church is committed to care and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. Staff, PCC members and volunteers within this organisation accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause these people harm.
Our Safeguarding Officer is Jane Clarke, telephone 0121 743 4089
The Birmingham Diocese Bishops Safeguarding Advisor is Steph Hayes, telephone 07342 993 844
To view our full Safeguarding Policy document, please click the button below
All are welcome to join us here at St.Michael's in our worship and in our various activities. Our worship follows a high Anglican format and we are proud of our strong musical roots.
We are a church with a big heart that worships in a big building, that heart is to see God's kingdom
break through into the lives of our families, friends and neighbours.
‘Let no one be a stranger in our midst!’
DATA PRIVACY: We are obliged to publish a statement regarding Data Privacy,
please see the link under HOME above.
Please note we have a Loop System installed in the church. To use it simply switch your hearing aid to the 'T' position.
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We don't have cookies.
We have biscuits.
And what's more, we usually serve them with tea and coffee after the main Sunday morning service so, once we get back to more normal times, why not pop in and see which crunchy favourites are on offer?
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