Bourne Abbey and Parish Church
Sunday, January 10, 2021
The Baptism of Christ
Please pray for:
The parish and deanery: for Father Chris, Revd Canon David Staples and our Ministry Team. Also for the Withams and Bythams group in their interregnum. We pray also for Bishop Hall in his role in Madagascar, and we give thanks for his ministry here and in Madagascar. We pray too for those under suspension in our diocese, and in particular Bishop Christopher and his wife Susan.
Peace and goodwill within and between nations: especially for peace in the Yemen and for the end to wars fought by proxy. We also pray for the continuing situations for those in refugee camps for the displaced, wherever they may be.
We remember those suffering hunger, disease and oppression: especially those people suffering from the continuing situations of shortage of food, water and medicines, particularly in Syria, Central Africa, South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Kenya; those affected by the explosion in Beirut; those affected by Coronavirus, both in this country and throughout the World; and we pray for those in our own country who are homeless, hungry, vulnerable and in need of support.
For those whose illness is acute, or are awaiting operation: Peter Woodland, together with his family and friends.
For those whose illness or recovery is long term:
- Connie Glover, Peggy Pateman, Joyce Reeson, Kevin Moss, Vera Osborne, Gordon Muspratt, Robin Barker and Freda Danby.
- for the souls of the recently departed: George Dowdell and Josephine Holford.
- also for those whose anniversaries fall during the next week: Dorothy Wright (10th); May Vaughan (11th); Constance King (12th); Robert Cripps, George Vickers (13th); Florence Treadwell, Rosita Leicester (14th); Gerald Swain, Sandie Rhodes, Pearl Holden (15th); Betty Colvin and Keith Barnard (16th).
Sunday Order of Service
We are continuing to offer a weekly Service Sheet for the Sunday in question. It remains Fr Chris's hope that people will join him 'virtually' on Sunday morning at 10am to pray the service.
Sunday Public Worship Suspended during January
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to suspend Sunday public worship at the Abbey Church during January.
All the indices suggest that we are in a worse situation than last March, and with the additional worry of the variant strain of Covid being much more infectious, I feel that this is the right course of action to take.
I am also mindful of the Tier 4 (and subsequent lock-down) advice that we should stay home as much as possible in order to reduce the possibility of transmitting or being infected by the disease.
As in the previous lock-downs, I shall post a written 'join-in-at-home' service on our website and our Facebook page on Sundays during January.
The position with regard to re-opening the church to Sunday public worship will be reviewed during the final week of the month.
With best wishes for the New Year, and with prayers that you may stay safe.
Fr Chris Atkinson, Vicar
Fr Chris welcomes the names of those who are ill or awaiting an operation, so that prayer may be offered for them through the Sunday Service Sheet.
We also continue to welcome the addition of the names of loved ones departed to be inscribed in the church's Book of Remembrance. Apply to the Vicar on Bourne 422412.
Church and Parish Magazine
The January Lockdown Edition e-magazine is now available from the church website (www.bourneabbey.org.uk). Click on the Magazine section, then select January to download a copy. Articles for consideration for the February issue of the Lockdown Edition e-magazine should be emailed to [email protected] by midday on Sunday, 24th January. Thank you.
Bourne Abbey Church continues to be open for private prayer on Saturdays (10am-midday).