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This is where you will be able to find our plans for re-opening our church buildings as the country juggles with lockdown. This is a tricky process to negotiate, but we have people's health and safety as top priority. Please follow our protocols to keep yourself and others safe.

 

A new horizon - Autumn 2012

The country is out of lockdown and all compulsory restrictions on meeting and movement have been removed. But this has not removed the worry that many still feel in the face of potential infection. 

We'd like to see everyone return to church if they feel able to, and we'd like all to feel safe in returning to face-to-face services. So we would ask all who come to services to be prepared to where masks and socially distance as they are asked to. There will always be space for people to sit socially distanced and everyone has the choice to where a mask if that's what helps them feel safe. Hand cleanser is still available too.

Online Services 

Come the beginning of September we are enjoying a full schedule of Sunday services in all the churches, except Stretton who are still completing their refurbishment. This means that there's just not the manpower or time to be able to continue producing the services that we had during lockdown for those to watch at home. It's a gentle reminder to us all that, as smaller rural parishes, we can't do everything that the larger churches can. But church services continue... in the churches. Please think carefully about coming along and sharing fellowship with us as we seek to look towards the future. 

Usual Sunday services happen at these times:

Cottesmore - every Sunday at 9.30am, Holy Communion on third Sundays

Greetham - every Sunday at 9.30am, Holy Communion on fourth Sundays

Exton - second and fourth Sundays at 11.15am. Holy Communion on fourth Sundays

Clipsham - second and fourth Sundays at 11.15am. Holy Communion on second Sundays 

When they re-open

Stretton - first and third Sundays at 11.15am. Holy Communion on third Sundays

 

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Dear Friends,

We saw wonderful success in our Winter Support Groups over the winter. Some have stopped, some are continuing -  meeting in person and online.

Meanwhile, if you would like to join a small group that meets together for fellowship and mutual support as well as bible study and prayer, do contact the benefice office to ask.

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You might be thinking about taking the chance to read the Bible more or regularly. Here are some links to places that provide daily readings that you can use.

Daily CoE Readings The Church of England uses the Common Lectionary for its daily Bible readings. This link takes you to today's readings - for other days' use the previous or next buttons towards the top of the page. It's just the bare words with no notes or prayers added. For extras like the words for daily Prayer go here: CoE Daily Prayer.
 
Lectio 365  The 24/7 prayer movement, headed up by Pete Greig, have a very good daily bible reading with brief notes and a prayer that can provide the basis for an excellent time with the Bible. It's only available through an app, this link takes you to the place to get it.
 
Word Live  Perhaps the master of all online Bible-reading helps. It's by Scripture Union so it has a fine pedigree behind it that you can trust and enjoy. The link takes you to just the Word Live bit, but have a look around their site for loads of helpful and interesting Bible stuff.
 
BibleGateway What did we do before...that's what this web site makes me think quite often. Not only does it provide instant free access to the Bible in multiple languages and translations, it also offers lots of different reading plans. Find them here: Reading Plans. It also offers devotionals - like Word Live or Daily Prayer - but don't think we are recommending them all!
 

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Benefice Prayer Calendar

Click to open our most recent PrayerCal 2021b(pdf file, ready to print onto A4)

 

 
Safeguarding:

In our Benefice we take safeguarding children and vulnerable adults very seriously.
Click to view our Safeguarding Policy and who you can Contact.


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Sadly, we are not able to continue our online weekly services. But have a look on our YouTube Channel where you will find our past online services and other videos.


The Church of England are still producing weekly services you can watch - the link is here: ChurchofEngland

If you'd like to connect with the Church of England by phone and hear services, news and hymns.
Call their Daily Hope number free.

 

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Links to Charities mentioned in our services

 Christian Aid Coronavirus Emergency Appeal 

 Christians Against Poverty and their special Kick Start project

 The Lodge Trust and Tel: 767234

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Call for a greener recovery

Join Tearfund in signing The Climate Coalition's declaration, calling on the UK government to lead the world in delivering a greener, fairer recovery, which limits warming to 1.5°C 

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The Prayer Room

Rev Rhona Knight from Oakham, whom some of you will know, is producing some thoughtful and creative prayer activities that she's sharing with us. To take a look at all the activities there are - click on the picture and choose a day.

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A Superb Online Game for Children!

 The Guardians of Ancora is a game developed by Scripture Union and is both Biblically based as well as safe for children to play.

SU Game 

You can play it through the web or via a number of different apps available for phones and other mobile devices. Just search online for it and have fun! 

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