The United Benefice of Sulhamstead Abbots
& Bannister with Ufton Nervet
Sulhamstead Abbots, Berkshire
RG7 4ED -
United kingdom
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THERE BUT NOT THERE

This CHURCH is OPEN for Communion

 Saturday 4th July at 5.00pm
4th Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 5th July at 9.00am - BCP
Sunday 5th July at 10.30am
As you know, St Mary’s is open now for private prayer – and it’s been good to see a trickle of people coming in, lighting candles and writing in the visitors’ book. Big thanks to those who got the building clean and ready to open, and who’ve been opening up, locking up, and ensuring that our church is safe and sanitary, and looks wholesome.
The next stage, of course, is opening for worship. We’ve been given the go-ahead to do this from this weekend onwards. We’re ready for it, so we’ll do it. But for the moment we’re not going to be triumphantly reclaiming the building. There’s still too much uncertainty and anxiety – read the papers about Leicester and points north – and shielding and distancing are still in our vocabulary.
As some of you know, we’ve ordered a pennant. In the Navy, this signifies that a ship is ready for action. I’ve been promised it will be ready for Saturday evening. We’ll fly it permanently from now on.
What I’ve planned is that we should have three ‘Sunday services’ a week during July – not in the hope of attracting huge numbers, but to ensure that we don’t have inappropriately large gatherings. We won’t ask you to wear masks; but there will be hand sanitizer, people from different households should please sit apart, and we can’t sing for the time being. Sadly, we can’t have refreshments after the service. The aim is that we should regain communion and raise each others’ spirits, ready for a fuller re-entry in a couple of months.
The times of the services *in July* will be 5pm on Saturday (Said Communion), 9am on Sunday (BCP communion) and 10.30 on Sunday (using the First Sunday Service format). We’ll keep them shorter than usual – as we’ve been asked to do. Why I’ve changed the times is to make it clear that not one of them is the ‘main’ service. Please come, but don’t come at an obvious time! I don’t suppose we’d ask the wardens to lock the doors and turn people away, but we do have to show that we’re complying with instructions on numbers.
We’ll go back to just one service on Sundays in August (apart from the BCP services on the 1st and 5th), when numbers tend to be lower anyway. I doubt I’m the only one hoping for a little time away…
Heaven knows how things will be after that. It would be wonderful to re-open fully on 6th September; but clearly we must wait and see.

Canon John Paton

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St Mary’s, Sulhamstead Abbots, is part of a parish that includes Sulhamstead Bannister and Ufton Nervet. Worship has taken place on this site since 1189, possibly earlier. Most of the church is 13th century, with major restorations in the 15th and 19th centuries and a parish room erected in 2000.
Communion and occasionally Morning Prayer take place on Sundays.
A schedule of services is published in the monthly Parish Magazine.

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