29th March 2020
THE CHURCH IN HOXNE IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
CHURCHES OF THE HOXNE BENEFICE Our response to the risk from Covid 19
SUSPENSION OF SERVICES
All public worship has been suspended on the direction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, so no public services are being held in our churches. Funerals will be held but will be restricted to family mourners. Baptisms and weddings may be postponed or, again, restricted to a very small group.
Most of our churches will remain open for private prayer. If you find someone else in the church, please practise “social distancing”. If you wish, do leave a note with prayer requests: be assured that the ministry team are praying for everyone in the benefice on a regular basis, both in church and at home, and will include your prayers if you so request.
MAKING WORSHIP AVAILABLE
We are exploring ways to continue making worship available in your homes, including live-streaming certain events.
Both the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org) and the diocesan website (www.cofesuffolk.org) will be live streaming services and offering other resources during this period, including prayers for use at home.
BBC Local Radio will be broadcasting a Sunday morning Service, as will BBC One TV, so check your schedules.
STAYING IN TOUCH
Hoxne Benefice News will be left in churches and is also available by e-mail. from our administrator, Virginia Skoyles, email@example.com
Updated posters will be placed on church noticeboards and we are exploring an increase of our presence on social media.
Sadly, we have had to cancel Revd Michael’s farewell service and party but we hope to invite him back for a celebration of his ministry here in the autumn. You may post any farewell cards or messages to Michael and Mary at St Andrew’s House, Vicarage Road, Wingfield IP21 5RB.
Your churchwardens are available locally but If you need further help or just want to chat, please contact any member of the clergy:
Revd Eleanor: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07876 143579 Revd John: email@example.com; 07876 507288
Revd Richard: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FRIENDS OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL WITH ST EDMUND
Since our last report we are very pleased to say that the kitchen or server as some call it, is now up and running thanks to Andrew Castleden who solved the problem of the very heavy lid! After the harvest lunch, which was a great success, we then had our quiz and we raised just over £600. Our thanks go to Sharon, Michael and Jenny for arranging the event.
Our next evet is an evening with Danny Fisher in the church on Friday 21st February. He provides a program of 50’s and 60’s hits – there will also be cheese and wine after the show.
We are pleased to announce that we have co-opted three new members on to our committee: Debbie and Rob Hooker and Caroline Abbot. We look forward to working with then to raise more for the preservation of our church.
We will continue to hold our monthly coffee mornings and book sale on the third Saturday of the month. Tea, coffee, cakes and lots of books. 9.45am to 11.15am.
Once again, our thanks to all who support us.
John Brawn, Chairman of the Friends Committee, 01379 668252
The ‘St Edmund Screen’ carved by the renowned Victorian, Harry Hems, is magnificent at the archway in front of the Maynard Memorial. The screen is carved with intricate details, both within and without, displaying flora, fauna and fabulous beasties, and surmounted with the martyrdom of St Edmund.
The Portland Stone steps inside the memorial area have also been repaired making them safe to use.
The Mother’s Union
The Hoxne branch of the Mother’s Union meets on the third Monday of the month at 2.30pm at Time House, Low Street, Hoxne. New Members are always welcome.
See events page for dates
Cathie McGregor, Branch Leader 01379 668434