RESUMING CHURCH SERVICES - A MESSAGE FROM OUR VICARThroughout the life of Jesus, and in history of the early church, people came together to worship. Sharing in a common life is an important part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus and this is one of the reasons why, for many, these last months, when church buildings have been closed, have been so challenging. Although the church has been active in works of service and online, there is something special about the places where we gather. So it is with gladness I am able to announce that, in keeping with the recently updated government guidance, services will resume in all of the Theydon Parishes from this Sunday 5th July. Things will be a bit different - services will be said for now, and there will not be groups for children and young people in church until September at the earliest (they do continue online - see www.rbf.org/theydon). Everything we do will be fully risk assessed, and follow the guidelines from the Church of England and national government. For example, we will be applying physical distancing measures and making sure service books are used by only one person per Sunday. When we share in Holy Communion, we will not share the Peace in the service, only the consecrated bread will be offered with minimal contact and we will remain standing throughout. A collection will not be taken during the service, instead there will be a retiring collection on the way out, including opportunity to give using contactless card payments at St Mary's Theydon Bois.In all these things, let us be kind and bear with one another in love, persevering in prayer and rejoicing in hope, as Paul wrote to the Romans (Romans 12.9-13). There is no compulsion to come forward to Communion, please participate as much as you feel able at this time. Our online Sunday recorded services will continue throughout July (and longer if they are needed) and on Sunday evenings and midweek, services continue on Zoom.
Reopening of our churches
As our churches reopen, please give us your comments which will help us plan to meet your needs. Please click on the following link to complete the very short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LHYGMCH
Opening our buildings for private prayer
Following the recent changes to the guidance for churches, all buildings of the Theydon Parishes are available for private prayer, as follows: -
A new weekly recorded Sunday Worship service can be found via the 'Online Services' button at the top of this page.
On a Wednesday, Morning Prayer is said together via 'Zoom' at 10am. To join please email email@example.com to receive the access details. The order of service can be found below.
On a Sunday evening we are also worship via 'Zoom' - Compline or Evensong. To join please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the access details. The order of services can also be found below.
Please also find below the order of service for Morning and Evening Prayer. If you have access to Facebook then we are posting a morning and evening prayer Monday through Thursday plus a special reflection for Sunday. Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thetheydonparishes/
Revd John Fry – Vicar of the Theydon Parishes
MONDAY - THURSDAY
The churches of the Benefice are open during the week, and the clergy are maintaining a rhythm of prayer. A suggested Order is available to download above. The church bell at St Mary's TB will be rung for 5 minutes before Morning and Evening Prayer are said, and all are invited to join this prayer wherever you are.
The general monthly format for services at All Saints Church, Theydon Garnon is as follows:
1st Sunday, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 8.00am
1st Sunday, All Age Family Service (Lay Lead) starting at 9.15am
2nd and 3rd Sundays, Parish Communion starting at 9.15am with Children's Church in The Gatehouse
3rd Sunday, Evensong starting at 6.00pm
4th Sunday, Parish Communion starting 9.15am
5th Sunday, Benefice Communion starting at 10am. This service rotates its location around the 4 churches within the Benefice.
Every Tuesday there is a Communion Service starting at 10am.
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