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July Magazine
This is our magazine for the month of July 2020
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Dear Parishioner, 


At long last, this is the good news we have all been waiting for. Following the Government’s relaxation of lockdown from 5th July enabling church to reopen for public worship, our normal weekly pattern of services will resume as usual.

8.15am Holy Communion – Order Two
10.15am Holy Communion – Order One
9.30am Holy Communion – Order Two

However, there will be some differences due to some COVID 19 restrictions still in operation.

  •  Chairs will set out two metres apart but families living in the same household can sit together.
  •  There will be a separate entry into and exit from the church duly indicated.
  •  Hands must be washed using the sanitiser provided both on entry and exit from church.
  •  A record of those who attend will have to be kept for test and trace purposes.
  •  You will have to pick up the order of service booklet yourself from the desk top – it will not be handed out. All will then be quarantined for 48 hours before being able to be used again.
  • If there is an information sheet available, this can also be picked up by yourself but must be taken away with you on leaving church.
  • Services will be shorter than usual and at the 10.15am there will be no singing so no hymn books will be available.
  • The only sacrament offered will be the bread and both the celebrant and the communicant will exchange this at arm’s length. Once the service finishes, people will be encouraged to leave the church as soon as possible.
  • No refreshments (food and/or drinks) will be available.
  • Toilets will not be available unless it is an emergency.
  • There will be no physical contact between individuals and social distancing should be maintained at all times.
  • There is no obligation for you to wear a face mask but there will be no objection if you do and feel more comfortable.

We hope that further relaxing of these restrictions will take place when the risk factors are not as great.
The opportunity to hold other services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals is constantly changing and these will be
on our church web site and continuously updated. For further information and/or
queries, please contact me by either phone or email as follows.
Vicarage 01772 743143: Mobile 07858 772421: Email
With every blessing
Your Vicar Chris

Collect and Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity - July 5th



O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen


Readings :

First Reading: Zechariah 9.9-12

Psalm: Psalm 145.9-15

Second Reading: Romans 7.15-25a

Gospel : Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end




  Thought for the Week                                                                               




Window Repair Faculty


Some two years ago one of the windows in the south side of the Nave was vandalised. and subsequently repaired.  Diocesan rules require us to apply for a retrospective faculty for the repair and for the application to be made public. Faculty notices must be  displayed on the main door of the church (West Door).  Additionally, because the church is closed we are publicising it here.  If anyone has any observations or comments regarding this faculty please e-mail before the 19th June.



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 uk.  We will contact you to discuss which methord you woud prefer, from a one-off donation to regular giving.


If you are vulnerable or at risk and need help  with shopping, medication or other essential supplies please ring 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm)



Our Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) staff are continuing to produce some outstanding resources that can be used by parents at home.

  • ‘Off the Shelf’ RE resources which can be used by parents in the home.
  • Bible Podlets is a Bible Study and Discussion Podcast for adults to do with primary aged children. There are currently 8 episodes available to listen to, with the next episode released this Friday. The theme is ‘Bible Transformers,’ focussing people in the Bible who were transformed by Jesus.
  • The Weekly@ Lectionary resources which can help families to worship at home are on the DBE Facebook page along with lots of other great ideas. 
  • Finally, there is a Pinterest account with inspiration on activities for Easter, Pentecost and Ascension.



  • Bishop Jill will lead ‘9am Worship from the Diocese of Blackburn’ this weekend. It will be released at 9am on Sunday on the Diocesan YouTube channel. But you don’t have to watch it then – it is available from that time onwards.
  • There will also be an act of worship offered by the Cathedral on Sunday morning. Simply go to their website and follow the links.
  • The Worship at Home resource is again available via the website to download and email or send on to members of your congregation.
  • For further information about parish streamed services (and churches using digital in our Diocese in other ways) start by going to this page on the A Church Near You website.



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.


Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Christian Meditation meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Our  practices are even more important at this time so please keep up with your meditation. When circumstances permit we will resume.



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