NEWS and EVENTS
Zoom to Church!
As well as coming to church, you can participate in our church services via Zoom during the current lockdown. Why not use Zoom to watch our Sunday 10.15 am service? The link is:
Meeting ID: 915 880 5689
Please mute yourself while watching the service
Give Thanks for your Vaccination Appeal
As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their COVID vaccinations, we rejoice and are glad that our loved ones are protected. We give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who continue to save lives across the UK.
For the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout. These people already face a lack of water, food, and healthcare, but the impact of Covid has added further struggles and challenges. Christian Aid is already on the ground, helping keep people safe from coronavirus with practical support – but with your gift of thanks we can do more.
Have you or your loved ones had your vaccine? Please give thanks with a donation to help protect our global neighbours across the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.
You can go on Preston Christian Aid’s Just Giving page .. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christian-aid-preston or post a cheque payable to Christian Aid to Fulwood Methodist Church, Watling St Road, PR2 8EA
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Acts 3.12–19 †
1 John 3.1–7
Dear Parishioner, 8th March 2021
REOPENING OF ST MARY’S CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM SUNDAY 14th MARCH (Mothering Sunday)
At long last, this is the good news we have all been waiting for. Following the Government’s relaxation of lockdown from today and the Lancashire Directors of Health advice that it is now safe to resume communal worship and prayers, it enables us to reopen church for public worship. Our weekly pattern of services will resume as usual.
8.15am Holy Communion – Order Two
10.15am Holy Communion – Order One. This service will also continue to be streamed on Zoom
9.30am Holy Communion – Order Two
However, the following COVID 19 restrictions still apply and must be observed:-
We hope that further relaxing of these restrictions will take place as per the government’s road map as the risk factors continue to reduce. I will keep you all informed of developments together with details of when other services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals can be held.
With every blessing - Your Vicar Chris
In line with Government guidelines, we can re-start our Christian Meditation group We meet every Wednesday evening at church from 6.30
pm. The meetings last for 30-45 minutes. All are welcome.
Please note that face masks must be worn, social distancing must be maintained and hand sanitizers must be used both on entering and leaving church.
No meeting this coming week 21st April
The Preston Society
Birdwatching & Natural History
Prior to the COVID lockdown we held weekly meetings at St. Mary's Church on Monday meetings but these had to be cancelled. We are continuing our programme on YouTube and Zoom. For more details please click here to visit our webpage
Church Electoral Roll
A GDPR compliant 'names only' version of the Electoral Roll is available here
GIVING AND DONATIONS
Since the lockdown started it has been difficult for parishioners to maintain their giving through the collection plate although many parishioners make their giving using Direct Debit or Standing Order. If you feel you would like to help St. Mary's financially please would you send an e-mail to email@example.com. uk. We will contact you to discuss which methord you woud prefer, from a one-off donation to regular giving.
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
Our Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) staff are continuing to produce some outstanding resources that can be used by parents at home.
ON LINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP
Will Adams and his brother have created a website called #HelpPenwortham with the aim of:
1. Allowing vulnerable residents to view what food and other delivery and collection services are available locally, to reduce stress and anxieties.
2. Ensuring our local businesses and economy can continue through this very difficult period, ensuring they can come out of this period still as vibrant as before.
Browse our list of local businesses in Penwortham, South Ribble and Preston. Order food or other vital items for delivery or collection. Shop local and help to ensure the Penwortham and South Ribble economy emerges as diverse and vibrant as before.
For the first time in over 150 years we will not be printing a hard copy of our church magazine for distribution to our parishioners. We will however continue to compile it and publish it online. You can view our latest edition from the top of this page.