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A Huge Thankyou

Dear Parishioners of SWITM 

Veronica & I were deeply touched by your kind generosity of the beautiful flowers, Statue of St Francis, cake and cheque – we were left speechless.                                                                                                             

Many of you  will have journeyed with me when I first began my ministry  as SSM to the Team, was curate at Bramford and finally returned and licensed  as Vicar to the team of SWITM. I can honestly say with hand on heart it has been a privilege to serve you all.  I couldn’t have been the person I am today without your love and support so thank you all very much.

It is sad that due to the Coronavirus we were unable to see each other in person, however, never say never, this isn’t goodbye but bye for now, and hopefully not in the too distant future we shall see each other again.

God Bless you all and stay safe

Well Done Charlie!

At the beginning of July, six year old Charlie Munday, a member of Messy Church, set himself a challenge, that he would run a minimum of 1k each day during July, to raise funds for FIND – Families in Need. His target was originally to gain sponsorship of £50.

Supported by his family, he has completed the run each day, in all sorts of weather, his progress has been monitored on Facebook and his enterprise has featured in Ipswich Star

Funds have been collected through the giving site

https://localgiving.org/charlies-31-day-run-challenge

The total to date is £819 – 1638% of the original total, with added Gift Aid of £107.50 the grand total is £926.60.

The Team already supports this Charity and it would be brilliant to add money to Charlie’s total, support people who rely on foodbanks and to encourage a young church member. The giving site will remain open into August.

Kay is arranging to meet Charlie and his mum on one of his final runs (socially distanced of course) but is not promising to actually run.

Church Reopening for Private Prayer

St Mary at Stoke is open at the following days / times.

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm

Thursdays 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm

If you are able to pop in at one of these times, you will be very welcome in a physically distant way, If you have been advised to shield or avoid public spaces then please do not put yourself at risk.

Feedback is that the opportunity to pray is appreciated, we do however need more Stewards If you are able to help and not yet offered please talk to Kay in the parish office  Click Here

The instructions we have received make it clear that those fulfilling these roles need to be below the age of 70, and not in a shielded or vulnerable group.  This is not a decision that is taken lightly but recognises that some in our community are more vulnerable to the virus than others.

Bible Study Online

We have started a ‘Zoom’ Bible Study looking at the previous weeks Gospel in more detail than can be contained in a sermon.  All are welcome to join, if you don’t yet receive e-mail updates from Merv (revmerv@switmparish.org.uk) please ask him to add you to the list to receive instructions on how to join.  This is a long-term plan that will continue after lockdown has been eased.

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Alpha is coming again

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Church Reopening for Private Prayer

Following the recent announcement that churches and places of worship may now reopen for individual prayer I am now able to confirm that St Mary at Stoke will be open at the following days / times from Tuesday 23rd June. 

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm

Thursdays 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm

If you are able to pop in at one of these times, you will be very welcome in a physically distant way, If you have been advised to shield or avoid public spaces then please do not put yourself at risk.

We have chosen St Mary’s as this is the church that is normally open during the day, and by limiting access to only one building we cut the preparation and considerable cost associated with reopening by a two thirds.

St Mary’s will be operating a one-way system during this time and access will be heavily restricted to certain parts of the building with signage to guide you around.  I am grateful for those who are able to help with the initial cleaning (after 3 months with no use there is a certain amount of dust!) and for stewarding the building during these periods.  We hope to put a video up on social media before Tuesday to show what will be different.

If you are able to help and not yet offered to do so then please can you let Kay in the parish office know Click Here

  • Volunteers to clean the building in a physically distant way (appropriate equipment will be provided)
  • Volunteers to staff the building during its opening times, to wipe down with anti-bacterial wipes areas people may touch and ensure people physically distance and use the hand gel.

The instructions we have received make it clear that those fulfilling these roles need to be below the age of 70, and not in a shielded or vulnerable group.  This is not a decision that is taken lightly but recognises that some in our community are more vulnerable to the virus than others.