NEWS and EVENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before the 19th June.
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.
God, who as at this time
hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
First Reading: Acts 2.1-21
Psalm: Psalm:104.26-36,37b or (104.26-end
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13
Gospel: John 20.19-23 or John7..37-39
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
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it" John 1:5
The church and churchyard are in lockdown to encourage social-distancing and the government advice to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives. The only exception to this is the use of the church by the Blood Donors Service who rely on our premises to carry out their essential work, especially at this time when they are finding the number of premises available to them is reduced.
Please see the latest guidance for churches from the Church of England
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.