Due to the Coronavirus, we are currently unable to open the church building for worship and prayer however we will continue our mission in over ways. In light of this we will be hosting here a weekly update every Wednesday from the vicar on what has been going on in the church community and how you can continue to worship from home.
Welcome to this week’s Wednesday update from St. Paul’s
For this week’s ‘spiritual bit’ I’ve borrowed from Bishop Peter – who circulated the link below to ‘Beatitudes in a global pandemic’, which I found it very thought provoking and moving.
Our prayer today from the little book of Church of England Prayers for use during the coronavirus outbreak is from Common Worship:
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;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Don’t forget – The Pentecost Sunday E6 Churches Zoom Service at 4pm
(have a candle or tea-light ready)
“You are invited to Worshipping together in E6 at Pentecost online”
Here is the link. You don’t need a password: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89235819036
(This should get you in, but I have pasted the rest of the information below)
Thank you to Edward for streaming the ‘Last Blast’ service on Bank Holiday Monday.
I am sorry to be the bearer of the news that Paul Sathianesan’s mother Ahil died (from Covid-19) on Tuesday last week (19th). The funeral service, which under current guidelines can be attended only by very close family members, has been arranged for early July. Please remember Paul, his brothers and the wider family in your prayers.
If you haven’t already seen it, here is a link to the BBC news item, broadcast on Wednesday 20th May, about the impact of CV-19 in Newham.
This is school half-term week. Primary schools can begin to re-open to pupils in year 1 and year 6 from next Monday. I was very struck by what the Principal of East London Science School (in Three Mills Lane, just over the boundary into Tower Hamlets) said of his students in the BBC news item, ‘The fact that they can see a future is the best thing that we can give them.’
Please hold in your prayers this week:
- All governors and school head teachers making risk assessments and difficult decisions – including Sarah Rowlands, head of the Altmore-Lathom Federation which is in the parish.
- All members of St. Paul’s who are involved in education: Melanie, Liz, Linda, Naomi, Sharon, Loraine, Sarah and Ujwal.
- All families – parents and children – wanting to return to school, but also wanting all to remain safe.
Please let me know if you have prayer requests – and if you are happy for the request to be shared more widely with our ‘e-mail church’.
You can now set up giving through the Parish Giving Scheme over the phone – see attached. To do this you will need our parish code, which is 080 608 101. With PGS your giving is done by Direct Debit. One of the best things about it is that it’s ‘index linked’; each year you receive an e-mail asking if you would like your gift to increase in line with inflation; that way your giving keeps pace with costs.
As always, a big thank-you to those of you who have given. If you are able to give, that will help to sustain the ministry of St. Paul’s, both now and in the future:
- St. Paul’s East Ham PCC
- Sort Code: 20-67-88
- Account Number: 10120286
- Reference – your name
- Bank: Barclays Plaistow, 737 Barking Road, E13 9PL
If you can top-up you gift with Gift Aid, and we don’t already have a Gift Aid declaration from you, let me know and I’ll send you one.
Until next Wednesday:
- Keep safe
- Keep well
- Keep faith
- Keep praying.
And God bless,
Vicar of St Paul’s East Ham
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