This week at St Saviour's

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PARISH NEWS SHEET

28th June – 12th July

 

 

 

For this issue, coinciding with the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul – Apostles (29th June), Ken Robbie has suggested featuring Christ’s Charge to Peter by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).


The original is housed in London’s Wallace Collection, and the image is inspired by the risen Christ’s conversation with Peter in the final chapter of the Gospel of John (21:15-19) – where, asking Peter three times if he loves him, Jesus follows each of Peter’s insistent declarations with a progression of charges: ‘Feed my lambs…Tend my sheep…Feed my sheep’

Traditionally around this festival each year ordinations to the priesthood take place in cathedrals throughout the world, though for obvious reasons these are presently delayed.

The news from the Wallace is that they will be reopening to the public on 15 July. The opening hours initially will be limited to 11am to 3pm. Admission will be by timed tickets, free and bookable on the Wallace Collection website. Various measures will in place to ensure social distancing. But it is heartening that glorious works of art such as this one will soon be accessible to us again.

 

 

Food Bank Collections

Since lockdown and the closure of churches our separate church Food Bank collections have not been taking place. But that has coincided with a growing need of this movement that exceeds any we have experienced before. The Revd. Dennis Bury has been active in his local Food Bank for a number of years, and that has recently expanded to meet the growing demand.

He says that he is increasingly preoccupied with this work, and is dismayed at ‘just how little so many seem to have’. He will talk to us about this when he speaks at our online worship on Sunday 5th July at 10.30am.

People who were in full employment and have formerly contributed to their local food bank have now found themselves in need of it, as lockdown has affected the economy and jobs have been lost.

Trisha McConnell has delivered St Saviour’s donations to our local Food bank at Chalk Farm Baptist Church since we started a regular collection.
Having discussed the situation with me, and encouraged by our PCC, we have decided to have a
weekly Wednesday Collection.
This will be at a time when we are open for individual prayer: between 10.30am and 11.30am (leaving donations on the Provost Road steps – or just inside the door there if it is raining).

There will also be a collection in the entrance porch of St Peter’s Belsize Park that day between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. If you cannot deliver on Wednesdays it will be possible to leave your donations on another day when each church is open at those times (Tuesday to Saturday at St Saviour, and Tuesday to Sunday at St Peter).
Trisha will arrive to load-up donations towards the ends of each collection, for delivery the next day.

Please take this opportunity to contribute. Food Banks are a life-line to many, now more than ever!   

 

‘After Trinity’

Trinity Sunday is the last Church Festival (other than Saints’ Commemorations if they fall on a Sunday) until All Saints in November and the Sundays before Advent (which more recently have been named ‘The Kingdom Season’).
To the long period in between we give the rather unpromising title Ordinary Time, using Green as the liturgical colour, and (in the Church of England) simply numbering each Sunday according to the weeks after Trinity (‘1st after Trinity’ etc.)

Mary Shakeshaft enjoys the particularity of this part of the year along with all the others, and expresses this appreciation by reference to the Dutch Masters in her poem After Trinity.
(Below her poem you can see the green of St Saviour's sanctuary coverings in the background of the photo of the church, as set-out for daily individual prayer.)

 

They knew a lot
About the ordinary, the Dutch masters,
Painting their quiet interiors,
Where boys bring loaves, and little girls
Help mother peel the apples,
While the sun shines on the red tiled floor
And light comes in through latticed panes,
Transfiguring the commonplace.
In the stillness of these scenes
We feel eternity
Has touched the everyday
And made significant
What might seem dull.

Still life of cup and plate,
White cloth upon the table laid,
No change of colour in the altar cloth –
The festivals are over once again,
Excitement past, so now in quietness
We offer up our time, our days
Of needs and tasks and homely things
To be transformed by grace in
Long weeks stretching on
In green and ordinary time.



When churches opened their doors again

 

The first stage in the relaxation of closure and lockdown for churches was to be allowed (from 15th June) to open for individual prayer only, with strict instructions as to hand-sanitizing, cleaning beforehand, and social distance between visitors.

At St Saviour’s we are currently open for one hour each day from 10.30am from Tuesday to Saturday (there is likely to be some variation on this timing when public worship is permitted again in our churches after 4th July).
Only the rear part of the church is in use, in order for cleaning and sanitization to be more manageable, with separate entrance (Eton Road) and exit (Provost Road).

We are seeing a mix of regular church worshippers and casual visitors for this.
Though the numbers have varied, those who come into each church are observing the health precautions and all are keeping a prayerful focus.
We often say (rightly) that ‘the church is really the people’, but it has been moving to see how some have really appreciated being able to come to their local church building specifically to pray.

 

Preparing for return to public worship and other events

The measures recently announced to allow public services to take place again in church are permissive, but do not legislate for every situation.
We are happy that we can begin a process towards resumption of Sunday morning Eucharists in each church, but it is clear that a significant number of our members will continue to need to shield, and stay at home so that live-streaming, which has worked well to hold our communities together so far, will continue to be necessary for some time to come. It has also been recognised that online worship has connected us to both old and new friends, far and near, so that the technology is here to stay – beyond the immediate pandemic.
We will therefore seek the means to allow us eventually to live-stream our public worship.

So for now, our intention is that from Sunday 5th July:

Sunday Morning Zoom Services will continue at 10.30am.
Go to St Saviour’s Websitewww.stsaviourhampstead.org.uk on Saturday evening to get the link and Service Sheet, or ask David, our Administrator to put you on our Congregational Email list to receive these automatically (stpandsts@gmail.com, or call 07514 480971)

Each Church will hold a Said Eucharist (no singing is allowed in church as yet) each Sunday afternoon, where those attending can receive the sacrament in the form of bread only (no wine), keeping appropriate social distance. Times to be confirmed

Junior Church will meet face to face again with Fr. Petrica leading, either in church or the church garden – possibly on Sunday afternoon or Sunday morning – please ‘watch this space’ and listen out!

Each church will also hold its regular midweek Holy Communion service (Thursday 10.30am St Peter’s, Wednesday 1.15pm St Saviour’s) but with no food or drink provided afterwards. The above restrictions will also apply here.

Daily Prayer (8.30am Morning Prayer at St Saviour, 5pm Evening Prayer at St Peter – said by Fr. Paul) will be available again for others to join at safe social distance.

FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR ALL TO SANITIZE THEIR HANDS ON ARRIVAL.

ONLY DISPOSABLE SERVICE SHEETS (not booklets) WILL BE USED.

Concerts of instrumental music only, literary events and talks may take place, but with limited numbers only possible these will be either by invitation, or through advance ticketing.
We look forward to being able to host these, and giving you information in good time.