From this week’s news-sheet

Dear Friends

Our prayer for the week:
 

Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Worship this week
Sun 2nd 9 am Holy Communion (streamed live) from St Michael’s.
Sun 2nd 11 am Service of the Word via Zoom & Dial-in.
Sun 2nd 11 am Young Church via Zoom.
Sun 2nd 6pm Choral Evensong, live on Facebook & via Zoom & Dial-in 
Sun 2nd 9 pm Reflection
Tue 4th 7:00 pm  Service of the Word with Reflection.  
Thur 6th 10 am Service of the Word via Zoom & Dial-in

Sunday 9am and Tuesday 7pm Services can be found on our facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls/


Holy Communion in St Michael’s
We have limited seating capacity in church and need details of people attending in advance.  If you would like to be part of the congregation on future Sundays (ie. from the 2nd Aug) and are able to attend then please book in for this by ringing the parish office on 0770 7043395 between 10 and 2 on a Tuesday or Thursday.   We will be allocating seating on a first come first served basis, if there is no space on a particular week we will allocated seating for future weeks to people who have been unable to attend because of lack of availability.  We will be live-streaming this service on Facebook to try to reach as wide a group in the community as possible.  It is now strongly advised that anyone attending the service in Church should wear a face mask.

We recognise this is a very different way of doing church and it feels very strange to be having to take this approach but we reiterate that this is a small first step to our returning to our buildings and remain committed to retaining our on-line ways of being church in this time of transition.   

Service of the Word via ‘Zoom’
Join us as we worship together using ‘Zoom’ on Sunday mornings at  11am.  We’ll join the choir to sing our hymn, hear different members of the church bring us our readings and intercessions and this week our preacher will be Rev’d Judith Howes.

The service is really easy to access and you can do that in a couple of ways.  You can join us using our PC, ipad or smartphone using the zoom application – we’ll even send you an email invite on a Saturday with a direct link to the service – just contact the Church office to let us know you want to be on our distribution list. 

You can also dial-in using an ordinary phone by dialling the number 0203 481 5240, put in the meeting id 584 584 0191 followed by # and if prompted for a further id just enter #.  (The cost is that of a standard call from your phone provider).  If you know anyone who would like to join us in this way please get them to ring the Church office to make sure they know how to access this service.

Young Church will be meeting for another fun session and this week we’re trying that during this zoom service.  If you’d like your child to be a part of this email Clare our Young Church leader at stmichaels.youngchurch@btinternet.com.


Choral Evensong – Sun 2nd Aug 6pm

Over the past few weeks the choir have been busy preparing a virtual Evensong. After much hard work the service is ready. This Sunday at 6pm there will be an online service of Choral Evensong. There are three ways that you can participate: firstly, we will be streaming a premier from 6pm on our church Facebook page. Secondly, at 6pm we will also be hosting a zoom call where we will be showing the video. Thirdly, you can dial in to the zoom call using your phone if you do not have internet access. The details for the zoom call will the be usual numbers used on a Sunday and a Thursday.
 
Further details, such as the phone number for dial in and the service sheet, will be sent out later in the week. If you would like further information and are not part of our mailing list please email the parish office.
 
Please feel free to share this information with people who may want to worship with us either on ‘zoom’ or by telephone.


Farewell to Christine Britcliffe
On Sunday 9th August at 10am we will be meeting in the Kepier Hall grounds (weather permitting) to say ‘Thank you’ to Christine for her work at Space4 and to wish her well on her next adventure!  All are welcome to join us, we just ask everyone to observe social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Our Book discussion Group
Our discussion group is going to continue on Monday evenings and we’ve decided that our next book will be …… Frederick Backman’s ‘A Man Called Ove’.  There are lots of ways of being involved so please let Margaret Lee know if you wish to join us you can contact her on 07757927048 or marglee372@outlook.comDailyHOPE – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayersThis is a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.  Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.  The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Money matters!
At this time our church income from collections and fees and fundraising has decreased significantly while many of our financial commitments have not gone away.  There are still lots of ways of giving to church including our ‘on-line collection’ which you can access it here   If you would like to find out about regular giving to St Michael and All Angels please contact our Treasurer Alastair Bradley at email  HoughtonTreasurer@aol.com.

Staying in touch, church office & telephone contact
Our website and facebook page contain details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.  We will send regular updates via our church distribution list – please ask people to email us if they’d
like to receive this and other email contact.
Find us online at:   
website: http://www.stmichaelshls.org.uk/facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls.

You can contact us through our ‘remote’ church office on 0770 7043395 between 10am & 2pm on a Tuesday & Thursday or you can email us at stmichaels.hls@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you would like us to be in touch with you by telephone.  For urgent issues contact Rev’d John Barron on 0191 584 7657.

With prayers and very best wishes.

Rector John