30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

You will have heard that MPs, including the MP for the Isle of Wight, recently voted against continuing free meals for disadvantaged children over half term.

As you are no doubt aware, we have families on this island and, indeed, in our Parish, who are really struggling financially and finding it extremely challenging to make ends meet.

The Ventnor Food bank has seen a massive increase in the number of people needing its help this year, and they were very grateful to our churches for their donations of food and money which we gave as a result of our Harvest Thanksgiving.

This is not an easy time for anyone, in so many ways; and you will know from last week’s pastoral letter, that, in light of the financial challenges we are facing as churches, we thought we would have a Gift Day, with a retiring collection after our Patronal Festival at All Saints on Nov 1st, and after our All Souls’ Requiem at St Alban’s, in order to boost church funds.

However, I believe it is our duty as Christians to do what we can to support the most vulnerable in society, especially families in our parish and, with this in mind, the Churchwardens and I have decided that the retiring collections on 1st and 2nd November will be for the Ventnor Food bank.

Of course, if you would like to give money to the church, that would be lovely(!), but I think our priority needs to be to give money to those who are on the breadline.

There will be a collecting plate at the back of church to receive donations in both churches, which will then be sent to the Food bank.

It will be so lovely to welcome +John Hind to preside and preach for us next week for our Patronal Festival at All Saints’ on Nov 1st at 11am and at St Alban’s for All Souls at 10am.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

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All Saints, Godshill, Limited Opening

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The church has very limited opening in the next fortnight. It will be open today, the 20th and tomorrow. It is then closed for three days whilst Covid-19 cleaning takes place ahead of the morning service on Sunday October 25th.

In the following week, it will only be open on Wednesday 28th October.

The daily opening hours are from 10am until 5pm.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

This is just a reminder that the Annual Report and the Accounts are now available on the Websites. Please do have a look at them ahead of our APCM on 25th October, which will take place immediately after the 11am service.

Also, please note that the clocks will go BACK on 24th October. You will therefore need to set you clocks accordingly, otherwise you’ll find yourself in church an hour too early!

According to the latest Covid guidelines from the Government we are still in tier 1 on the island. This means we will not need to make any amendments to our current Covid arrangements for the time being. I will let you know if this changes.

The latest pastoral guidance we have received from the Diocese is that Clergy are now allowed to take Holy Communion to people who are vulnerable and unable to come to church. Please let me know if anyone would like to receive Holy Communion at home and I will gladly take it to them.

As you will know, our churches finances have suffered as a result of lockdown, although we have been grateful that many regular givers have continued to make their contribution to the church.

We are also grateful to Dennis for keeping All Saints’ open during the week, through which we have received a good sum from tourists’ donations.

However, it will still be a struggle to meet our Parish Share this year so, as part of our Patronal Festival on November 1st, where we give thanks for all that All Saints’ church means to us, we will be having a retiring collection.

At St Alban’s, we will have a retiring collection after the 10.00 All Souls’ mass on Monday 2nd November.

The gospel reflection this week is by Michael Moore, who is a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

With my love and prayers,

Corinne

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

It will be good to gather for worship again this Sunday, with Fr Gregory Clifton-Smith presiding and preaching in both churches.

Those of you who were at church the last time we met on September 27th will have heard that Fr David Lawrence-March, who for the past three years has been Priest in Charge at Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour’s, Shanklin, will be leaving the island some time in December, to take up a post in Derby Diocese.

You may remember that, before Fr John retired, it had been the expectation that the four Society churches on the island would be brought under the leadership of one priest. Now that all four churches will be in vacancy by the end of the year, and as all churches come under the alternative episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Richborough, I’m hoping he will get in touch with us before long to discuss the future of our churches with regard to recruitment. I will, of course, continue to serve across the four churches.

We are fortunate, though, to have the ministry of Frs Gregory Clifton-Smith and Alan Swanborough, to keep us ticking over twice a month; and we will have the special treat of +John Hind (former bishop of Chichester), who will be with us at All Saints’ for our Patronal Festival on November 1st at 11.00, and All Souls’ at St Alban’s on November 2nd at 10.00.

The PCC will be meeting at St Alban’s at 9.30 on Monday 12th October; and the APCM will be at All Saints’ on Sunday October 25th, immediately after the 11.00 Parish mass. In accordance with the Archdeacon’s instructions, the APCM will be chaired by one of the Churchwardens.

Remembrance Day, is on November 8th. At St Alban’s things will be as usual, with an Act of Remembrance at 9.30, followed by mass; but at All Saints’, things will be different, as you would expect given the current restrictions. This is what the latest Bulletin from the Diocese says:
Q. Are there any particular considerations for Remembrance services? If the service is in the Church or Churchyard, then you can go to the assessed safe capacity of the building/churchyard.
If the service is to be elsewhere (eg. a High Street or village green war memorial), then the Rule of Six and the full need for social distancing etc. will apply.
As our Act of Remembrance traditionally takes place at the War memorial before we then go up to church for the continuation of our Act of Worship, we are not yet sure what will be possible this year. I will let you know as soon as I have had further guidance about this.

My love and prayers,

Corinne

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