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.

All Saints, Godshill, is Open

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The church is open daily from 10am until 5pm up until and including Wednesday October 7th 2020.

It will then be closed for three days whilst Covid-19 cleaning takes place ahead of the morning service on Sunday October 11th.

The church will then be open again from Sunday 11th October until Wednesday 21st October.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear friends,

In my pastoral letter on August 2nd, I asked you to respond to two challenging questions which were posed by the Archdeacon at Deanery Synod to all the island churches.

As we heard at Synod, we are at a crossroads in ministry on the island at the moment, as we face a huge financial shortfall. We were told that most parishes are in a decline in numbers, that giving does not cover the cost of ministry on the island, and that Covid has merely brought forward the need to address these issues seriously and urgently.

I asked you to consider the Archdeacon’s questions carefully, and to come back to me or the Churchwardens with any thoughts and ideas you might have. I have yet to hear from anyone.

The Area Dean wants to have feedback from all the churches by the end of September, so that she, along with the Archdeacon, can start to shape the future of ministry on the island, in which everybody has a part to play, so I pose the questions again.

Question 1: Is my Parish sustainable? If not, what changes do we need to make to make it sustainable?

Question 2: What needs to be present for Mission and Growth on our Island to be achieved?

I don’t want to sound alarmist, but Peter’s questions challenge us to recognise the fact that unless our churches are financially sustainable, growing and engaged in Mission, our future hangs in the balance.

In order to respond to the Archdeacon’s questions, we clearly need to consider our identity as churches, and to ask ourselves further questions such as, who is missing from our congregations? What might we do about that?

Things are obviously going to have to change, if we are to move from managing decline to a mind-set of growth and Mission, and thereby to secure the future of our churches. It is therefore imperative for us to find positive reasons why people would be attracted to our churches, and to think about the things which would enable them to thrive.

For example, if we think in terms of service to the community, what did we do in the past that we don’t do any longer? Would it be desirable to find a way to revive that, or is there something else we could do?

As I’ve said, it’s up to each one of us to contribute to the discussion, so that we can have a say in our future. I therefore urge you, seriously, to consider these questions and PLEASE to get back to me with any suggestions you might have about possible ways forward.

My love and prayers,

Corinne

Scripture Readings

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A Reflection

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The image above is from the book of Lindisfarne, dating from the late 7th century and is to be found in the British Museum Creative Commons CC0 License

St Aidan and St Gregory the Great

Monday 31st August – St Aidan (+651) and the Saints of Lindisfarne

Aidan, a native of Ireland, was a monk on Iona. When the Christian King Oswald returned from exile on Iona to his kingdom of Northumbria, he invited the monks of Iona to provide missionaries to instruct his people in Christianity. After initial difficulties, Aidan was consecrated bishop and sent with a group of Irish monks to begin this task. He established a monastery on the island of Lindisfarne which became the centre of a major missionary effort in the North of England. The monastery also became a valuable centre of learning and an important training ground for the education of English boys who would continue the work of evangelisation. From Lindisfarne Aidan journeyed throughout Northumberland, usually on foot, and working closely with King Oswald who found him to be a wise adviser and a good personal friend. After Oswald’s death in 642, Aidan continued this work under his successor, Oswin, but when Oswin himself was killed nine years later, Aidan did not long survive him and died two weeks later in 651. According to St Bede in his History of the English Church and People, St Aidan was a man of great gentleness and moderation, outstanding for his energetic missionary work. His influence on the North of England was enormous, and his wise promotion of Christian education among the native English laid the solid foundation for the spread of the Gospel in the centuries which followed his death.

Thursday 3rd September – St Gregory the Great (540-604)

Gregory was born in Rome and followed the career of public service that was usual for the son of an aristocratic family, finally becoming Prefect of the City of Rome, a post he held for some years. He founded a monastery in Rome and some others in Sicily, then became a monk himself. He was ordained deacon and sent as an envoy to Constantinople, on a mission that lasted five years. He was elected Pope on 3rd September 590, the first monk to be elected to this office. He reformed the administration of the Church’s estates and devoted the resulting surplus to the assistance of the poor and the ransoming of prisoners. He negotiated treaties with the Lombard tribes who were ravaging northern Italy, and by cultivating good relations with these and other barbarians he was able to keep the Church’s position secure in areas where Roman rule had broken down. He was a liturgical reformer, and a great musician – Gregorian Chant gets its nomenclature from his encouragement of music in the liturgy. His works for the propagation of the faith include the sending of St Augustine and his monks as missionaries to England in 596, providing them with continuing advice and support and (in 601) sending reinforcements. He wrote extensively on pastoral care (his Pastoral Rule was later translated into Anglo Saxon by King Alfred the Great as a guide for his bishops), spirituality, and morals, and designated himself ‘servant of the servants of God’, a title still used by the pope. He died on 12th March 604, but as this date always falls within Lent, his feast is celebrated on the date of his election as Bishop of Rome. He is accorded the title ‘Apostle of England’ for having sent St Augustine of Canterbury to these shores.

Coronavirus daily prayer June 27

Today’s daily prayer comes from the Rev Deacon Corinne Smith, from the parishes of All Saints, Godshill, St Alban’s, Ventnor, Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour-on-the-cliff, Shanklin, who reflects on using all five of our senses. Spend a moment praying alongside her as you start this new day.

Every morning at 8am while our churches are closed for public worship, we’re sharing a one-minute video prayer from one of our clergy team. You can join in with those prayers on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or on our website here – https://bit.ly/33GRRqD. We’ll end this feature on July 4, when our churches are allowed to re-open for worship services.

Deacon Corinne with the Diocese of Portsmouth prayer for the day

Diocese of Portsmouth

As we head into Day 3 of Thy Kingdom Come, our daily prayer today comes from the Rev Deacon Corinne Smith, from All Saints, Godshill and St Alban’s Ventnor; and from Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour on the Cliff, Shanklin, who reflects on some key words from the Lord’s Prayer. Spend a moment in prayer with her at the start of this new day.

We’re sharing prayers each morning from our clergy team during the lockdown. Do follow our social media accounts or look at our website here – https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/video-reflections/ – each day at around 8am for the latest one-minute video prayer.

IoW Archdeacon Peter Reads to Children

The diocese of Portsmouth has been asking people to read stories for children who are at school and those learning at home.

Here is the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, Peter Leonard, reading a story about a small Viking who was brave. This hilarious tale, for three to six year olds, shows the true meaning of bravery and the delights that await when one faces one’s fear.

FaceBook, Twitter and Donations

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We are reaching out to all of our congregation, both local and visitors. Besides the weekly pastoral letters on this website, there are now more frequent messageson social media via FaceBook backed up by Twitter.

Our username on both FaceBook and Twitter is @GodshillChurch

In addition, if you would like to help support us at any time, you can make a donation of any amount on our charity page:

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/9b513803-69de-4b64-bb4f-09767d261d36

So, please follow and like us on FaceBook and Twitter and support us with your prayers and donations.

Coronavirus / COVID-19

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The Parish of All Saints, Godshill

Friday 27th March 2020

Coronavirus
COVID-19

In line with Government Regulations
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York
have instructed that all public worship
is suspended until further notice.

Accordingly,
All Saints Church, Godshill & Saint Alban’s Church, Ventnor
are closed until we are advised it is safe to re-open

For the latest information & prayers for both Churches, the St. Alban’s Website is updated daily: www.stalbansiw.org.uk

Should you feel anxious or worried or would just like a chat, or to ask for prayers, please feel free to contact either:
Deacon Corinne on 07775 628593 or
Lay Minister Dr. Jennifer Hopkins-Holder MBE on 01983 852575
and remember to pray for each other and for everyone affected by the Pandemic.