Powerhouses of Prayer for our Village Communities
OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Our churches are now once again open for private prayer. Do pop in and spend a little time with God in these ancient powerhouses of prayer where prayers of the people have been offered for hundreds and hundreds of years. Because we are having to follow strict hygiene protocols to ensure that our churches are safe places for everyone, each church is opening on different days which means that at least one of or churches are open on every day of the week. Here is a schedule for when our churches are open.
St Mary’s Boxford – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 3pm
All Saints’ Newton – Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm and Sundays 10am to 1pm
St Bartholomew’s Groton – Mondays 1pm to 4pm and Fridays 10am to 1pm
St Lawrence’s Little Waldingfield – Wednesdays 10am to 3pm
St Mary the Virgin Edwardstone – Wednesdays 10am to 3pm
SERVICES AND WORSHIP
We are returning to communal worship in a safe and staged manner as from 12th July 2020. We will be following strict protocols to ensure that everyone can worship together safely. Please do follow them. It is helpful if you can bring a mask with you and print off the service sheet in advance, which can be found on the Resources to Use at Home page of this website.
We will be continuing to live stream as many services as possible via Facebook and other media – a brilliant way to get your spiritual fix if you are stuck at home.
Copies of services that we will be following can be found here: https://boxriverbenefice.com/resources-to-use-at-home/
You can access many of our services on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boxriverbenefice/
A Holy Eucharist will be offered on behalf of the entire benefice at 11am each Sunday. Whilst I appreciate that not physically receiving Communion will be very difficult for many of us, this service will at least offer us the opportunity to engage in spiritual communion together. We will still be the Body of Christ as we are united together in worship through the Eucharistic Sacrifice being offered on behalf of the whole body in Church and in our coming together as one, albeit not in the same building.
Morning Prayer will be at 8.30am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday. Midweek Eucharist every Wednesday at 10am. Midday Reflection Mondays to Thursdays will be at 12noon (when other commitments allow). Evening Prayer Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5.30pm. Compline will be offered at 9pm (when other commitments allow).
If you are unable to access these services online, you can still pray the services with us in your homes knowing that we will be doing them together as a Church community at these times.
Reaching out in Love
If you or someone you know needs support during the Coronavirus pandemic, please let us know:
Telephone: 01787 210434
To find out about the times of our services and other events click here: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2190/page/41895/view/
A Spiritual Hub of the Community
As the Parish Churches in these villages, we are the spiritual heartbeat of our communities. We have sat at their heart for a thousand years or more and served local people in good times and bad, offering an opportunity for the landmarks of life to be commemorated through ritual and providing spiritual nurture, education, compassion, prayer and support to people of all ages and situations.
A Continuing Christian Presence
These churches continue to provide a focal point for local Christians to gather, worship and pray, as well as an important centre for the wider community. They are a gentle and positive witness to our communities. With your help and support, they can remain strong in number and ensure that these church communities are here for many generations to come.
Come and Join In
Whilst our buildings are beautiful, a church is only as good as the people who fill it. That means we need people like you, to come and explore God with us and help us to be enriched through your presence. Church is not about a story that ended 2000 years ago, it is about a living story that continues today and into the future. A Story of a community that lives for each other in hope and love. A community who expresses that through ancient ritual and practice and modern expression. So, don’t be shy. Be a part of an eternal story of love, community, support, goodness… Come along and be a part of the greatest living story ever told!