OUR CHURCHES IN LOCKDOWN
CURRENT WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS
We are back! For those who feel confident to attend, our services have now resumed, since this was the majority verdict of both PCCs. However, please do not feel pressurised into attending if you do not feel safe to do so: the PCC decisions were not unanimous. Even if you have had the vaccine, be aware that others have yet to do so, and that those who have been inoculated can still be carriers of infection. Contrary to all our longstanding habits, this is not a social occasion, and you are strongly discouraged from lingering afterwards, either indoors or outdoors, to chat.
As we are now allowed to gather in groups of 6 or less indoors, there will be coffee and tea available in the Parish Centre itself at St Mildred’s after the Sunday service!
Meanwhile the diocesan website www.portsmouth.anglican.org still has a direct link to parishes that are streaming live worship, while for those unable to access such resources this pewsheet continues to contain material for offering a “spiritual communion” at home. You must do whatever feels right and safe for you – though of course we very much look forward to seeing some of you in church. Wrap up warm!
St Mildred’s, Whippingham, St Mildred’s will be open on Sunday mornings for private prayer.
St Mildred’s café remains open for takeaways only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays: We are very grateful to Sue Richmond and the rest of the catering team for this provision.
PREVIOUS SERVICES AT WHIPPINGHAM are available on YOU TUBE: you
can catch recent worship via the following link:
Meanwhile, please don’t feel that the churches are unable to help you: the
following pastoral team members can be contacted by phone and email.
Rev Susan Paterson (Rector) 01983 717026 email@example.com
Rev Mike Exell (Hon Assistant Priest) 01983 293686
Gillian Jackson (Lay Pastoral Assistant, St James’ East Cowes) 01983
Colin Dutton (Lay Pastoral Assistant and Church Warden, St James’ East Cowes)
Peter Robinson (Lay Pastoral Assistant and Church Warden, St Mildred’s
Whippingham) 01983 299230
Further information and guidance is available from the Diocesan
We also have an online prayer room, full of resources for prayer at this
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.