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    Revd David UffindellCovid-19 Update

    We are pleased to announce that from Monday 22 June, the Church will be open for

    Private Prayer

    Monday-Thursday from 10.30am -12.30pm.

    All services, groups, concerts and activities at St Andrew's and St Francis remain suspended until further notice.

    If you would welcome pastoral or practical support from the Church over the coming weeks, please contact the Parish Office on 01252 715412 or email office@standrewsfarnham.org. If you are able and willing to support others over the phone during this time, please do also let us know.

    Please note that the Parish Office is now closed, but emails and phone calls will be checked at regular intervals

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    We do hope you will join us for our 10am service each Sunday morning on Facebook and YouTube:

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    David Uffindell's Sermon 20th June

    David Uffindell's Sermon 5th July

    David's Uffindell's Sermon 19th July

    Breathe Gallery of Words and Pictures

    Words for our Times by Caroline Walker

    To join one of our Zoom Services, the code is 599 647 1397

    KOSTA at Home - Activities for Children and Young People

    Click here to download our Town Treasure Hunt Form

    Worship at Home - Church of England Resources

    A note about giving from our Treasurer

    Dear Church Family friends,

    I had a bit of a shock this week. I was looking at the Church Services Register, where we record the detail of what we do in church Sunday by Sunday. The last entry was 22 March (Mothering Sunday) and today I had to add a Funeral – the first public service we have held in church for so many weeks. Turning the pages over somehow helped cement the fact that we have been locked down or locked out for 18 Sundays. It will be lovely to get back to our 8am this coming weekend, Sunday 2 August. (which, as it turns out, is our wedding anniversary!).

    In making plans for reopening, the PCC has agreed the following guidelines:

    • We want to be safe
    • We want to be able to offer both live physical presence and online presence
    • We want to be mindful of those shielding and those who are fearful about venturing out
    • We want to proceed in small steps
    • We want to be rested for a more comprehensive "return" by 1 September

    The House of Bishops Recovery Group has published COVID-19 Advice on Face Coverings in which it reflects government guidance COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic issued on 17 July, and states:

    “We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”


    Places of worship are not included in the new legislation, and consequently, the wearing of face coverings in them is not mandatory. However, it is strongly advised by the House of Bishops Recovery Group.

    We would respectfully ask that (apart from your having a specific medical exception) all those who attend St Andrew’s or St Francis abide by this advice.

    The summer holiday programme looks like this:

    Sunday          2 Aug           8am              Holy Communion LIVE in church

    Tuesday       11 Aug          11.30am       Holy Communion LIVE in church

    Sunday         16 Aug          10am            Watch the recorded service “LIVE” together in church

                                                                    Bring a picnic to enjoy outside in socially distanced groups

    Sunday         23 Aug          6.30pm         Evening Service LIVE in church

    Sunday         30 Aug          11.30am       St Francis – Morning Service LIVE (Open-Air)

    Sunday         6 Sept          10am            Open-Air service (weather permitting)

    Please note also the latest advice from C of E:

    Having tried a few things out, we hope to be able to offer a more normal programme again in September. Again, we are working to some guildelines:

    • To be physically present with all the limitations required of us (eg. no singing, no coffee, no sharing of the Peace)
    • To be present online for those who may be housebound or may be just looking

    During August, the Sunday at 10am broadcasts and the 6.30pm Zoom services will continue. Please do check in with us on YouTube, Facebook or Zoom. Access details are on the website where copies of sermons and of these weekly letters are also available. And don’t forget after-church coffee and chat on Zoom on 9th, 16th August only due to clergy holidays. The ID Code for each week will appear at the end of the morning service and on the website.

    This Week:

    We continue to try to figure out how best to plan for September and beyond. We still have concert bookings and hirings being cancelled for the autumn and spring of 2021. Please do pray for us in this, as things are still far from back to any kind of normality.

    At the same time, Josey (with the help of a little team) has been creating little bible figures which will be appearing in 30 of the town’s shops over the days of the month of August. This Treasure Hunt is designed to be an activity for everyone – we hope you will have fun finding out where they are hiding! There is a form giving all the details on the website. You can print one off and start your search!

    Coming up:

    At the end of July, we would normally be away for the New Wine Christian Festival. Here is our suggested framework for those who would like to check it out and check in. It is all completely free … and you don’t even need to leave your house!

    Thursday      8pm   Evening Service      with Danielle Strickland, leadership coach

    Friday           9am   Family Service        45 mins

            11am  Morning Service      with Bishop Jill Duff, rebuilding the walls with Nehemiah

             4pm   Youth Session         45 mins

                          8pm   Evening Service      with Ben Lindsay, looking at racial justice

    Saturday      9am   Family Service        45 mins

            11am  Morning Service      with Bishop Jill Duff, rebuilding the walls with Nehemiah

            4pm    Youth Session         45 mins

                         8pm   Evening Service      with Paul Lloyd, pastor at Victory Outreach in Manchester

    Sunday         9am   Family Service        45 mins

           11am  Morning Service      with Nicola Neal, journeying through the shadow

           4pm    Youth Session         45 mins

                         8pm   Evening Service      with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Why not invite some friends round to watch this together?

    Monday        9am   Family Service        45 mins

           11am  Morning Service       with Bishop Jill Duff, rebuilding the walls with Nehemiah

    There is a seminar programme each day at 1.30pm till 2.15pm, plus sessions for children and young people. No need to book or register, just go to: new-wine.org/breaksout

    At home:

    We have had a great week. At the weekend, we travelled to the outskirts of Leicester to Bradgate Park. There we were able to meet our children from the north, have a picnic, take a walk and see some wonderful deer at very close quarters. This park is only 20 mins or so from where Zoe and Ed will be living when they move from Liverpool in September. I feel sure we will visit it again.

    We have been in touch with families thinking about baptisms, couples puzzling about weddings and, sadly, families arranging funerals. This is all part of the gradual easing of the lockdown.

    And finally:

    I offer some reflections on the Bible Reading in Morning Prayer on Monday, from Luke 22:24-30 …

    24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

    28 ‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials; 29 and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

    This passage speaks to us of the topsy-turvey kingdom Jesus came to bring. He tells his disciples that “the greatest one among you must become like the youngest and the leader like one who serves”.

    The example, of course, is that of Jesus himself: he says: “I am among you as one who serves.” Following Jesus as a servant leader is one of the challenges of the days in which we live. This is not just a word for church leaders either. You can be a servant leader in your family, with your friends, and neighbours, and even colleagues at work. The world of business, finance and commerce, or of sports or indeed of the arts can sometimes seem to honour the pushiest, the one with most ambition and drive and the one who exhibits traits of serial and maybe even aggressive entrepreneurship.

    In saying this there is no criticism of success; just a gentle observation that the ends do not always justify the means. Servant leadership is still all about getting the job done, but getting it done in the right way.

    With the mention booking cancelling and the like, we are aware that there is much uncertainty about financial futures and employment, I would like to thank all those who have very humbly continued to be generous to our church family and have continued to support us in their regular giving. With our church family income radically affected, this has been particularly valued and greatly appreciated. At the same time, if you have benefitted in this period from our ministry and mission, would like to know more about regular giving and start to play an active part in in, please see our website for more info about the Parish Giving Scheme. Or you can phone the PGS directly: 0333 002 1271 to sign up to help. It would be great to have you on board in the adventure we share together.

    Kathryn joins me in assuring you of our continuing thoughts and prayers.

    With all good wishes, as ever,  

    David                                                                                                                29 July 2020


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