A MESSAGE FROM VERONICA RE CHURCH OPENING
I wanted to update you on the plans for our church building in the coming weeks.
After much discussion, prayer and debate, Bishop Graham's latest pastoral letter (which I attach) , and in the context of the rising number of covid cases locally, the pressure our QEH is under and the need for each of us to stay at home and reduce our social contacts, this is the plan
We hope that from next week (wed 20th) we can open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays again, for longer from 10-2pm. We plan that the church will be open but with noone there to welcome and clear well placed notices asking for visitors to follow covid guidelines while in the building.
At all other times the church building will be closed, with no public worship, or filming, or live streaming etc. Liz will need to be contacted if anyone, including me and other key holders need access to the church. We hope to be able to hold small funerals if we can, as well as offering graveside burials.
Our worship will continue with 'Heacham Parish Church online' with paper copies delivered to those who request them, and our new 'Heacham Parish Church on Zoom' at 10am on Sundays will continue while we are not meeting in church.
We will review this at the end of January and regularly from then on, so that we can reopen for services as soon as possible.
Liz, came across this which you might find helpful. 'We continue to think coming to church is safe - however for now, clearly it is even safer not to. Stopping in church services will only make a small difference to the overall picture, but right now we need all the small differences we can get.'
Psalm 33: We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
with my love and prayers for this tough time.
For our online worship, see the links below, or go to the Online Worship webpage
SUNDAY 17TH JANUARY
We also meet for a Zoom service on Sundays at 10am. Contact Rev. Veronica if you want to find out more.
Email her on email@example.com
LIGHT UP HEACHAM with STARS
After last year’s great angel festival, Heacham Parish Church would like to encourage everyone to make and/ or display stars in our windows, on our fences, in our trees, in our garden wherever you can - for all to see.
Lighting up Heacham with stars, to bring some joy and light in this dark time, so we can walk round the village spotting stars from mid-December.
Christmas is not cancelled!
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A VIDEO COMPILATION OF STARS, WITH AN ACCOMPANYING MELODY OF CAROLS.
As well as our online services, you can access other resources by clicking on the links below.
You can access all our videos using the YouTube link below
If you would like to give to the upkeep of St Mary's Heacham, and it's work, please click on the link below. Following the instructions on the page, and enter 'St Mary the Virgin, Heacham' in the church page.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Community Support March 2020
If you need help or support Heacham Parish Church is there for you - just ask
We have a small team ready to help with shopping, medication collecting, posting letters etc. for those who are self-isolating - just ask
We are also offering telephone support to those who are worried, lonely or would simply like a friendly chat - just ask
We will continue to pray for our village community, local area and the world, if you would like us to pray for you or someone you know - just ask
We have prepared some prayer resources to use at home and for those who can’t get to church, if you’d like a copy - just ask (or click on the link below)
We will do all we can to help our community in the coming days, weeks and months – just ask
Jesus said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Please ring or email Revd Veronica Wilson: 01485 570697 firstname.lastname@example.org
or email email@example.com
Within our church family, we pray daily for the village, for the people who live here, who work here, as well as for mission groups that we support. We are helped to do this by using a prayer directory which has been recently updated. A copy can be found by clicking on the link below.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and find out more about us.
Heacham Parish Church, St Mary the Virgin, dates back to the 13th century, though a church building or Christian community existed prior to the current buildings being constructed.
The Reverend Veronica Wilson, first came to St Mary the Virgin in April 2014 is now priest in charge of the church.
Our church is committed to following Christ as faithful disciples in the 21st century.
Do explore the website and come and join us on a Sunday.
Come as you are, all are welcome. We would love for you to join us.