A great and mighty wonder
On Jordan’s bank the Baptists cry
O come, O come, Emmanuel
Come thou long-expected Jesus
The church will be open MOST DAYS from 10am to 4pm during Holy Week and the week after.
|Palm Sunday||28-March||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Monday||29-March||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Tuesday||30-March||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Wednesday||31-March||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Thursday||01-April||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Good Friday||02-April||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Saturday||03-April||Closed for Covid Cleaning|
|Easter Sunday||04-April||Service at 11:00am|
|Monday||05-April||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Tuesday||06-April||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Wednesday||07-April||Open 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer|
|Thursday||08-April||Closed for Covid Cleaning|
|Friday||09-April||Closed for Covid Cleaning|
|Saturday||10-April||Closed for Covid Cleaning|
|Sunday||11-April||Service at 11:00am|
Thank you all so very much for the amazing support that you have shown to us and to our health and social care partners during 2020.
The challenges we have faced as a community have been huge and we cannot underestimate the impact that Coronavirus (Covid-19) has had and will continue to have.
Whether you have lost a loved one, worked on the frontline throughout or been shielding at home – we have all experienced the anxiety and strain of the pandemic.
We have found a way through
Yet our community has been so strong in the face of Covid-19. Together we have found a way through – we have led the way with the first Covid-19 App, kept cases low on the Island and protected the most vulnerable among us.
The Christmas we all wanted to see has ebbed away as the new variant took hold and we are faced with tougher Tier 3 restrictions from Boxing Day.
Cases locally are rising and we know from earlier in the pandemic that it is only a matter of time before we see an increase in admissions to hospital. This of course all coincides with the pressures of winter.
The key to our response so far has been the support of our community and partners and the dedication of our staff.
You stood on doorsteps in your thousands and clapped for the NHS and key workers, you donated food, gifts and money to our charity and crucially you have diligently followed the Government guidance.
Dig deep and go again
We ask you now to dig deep and go again. We need you to help us continue to fight against this virus. What we need from you now is not clapping or donations. What we need is for you to act as though you and the people you might meet have COVID-19.
Wash your hands, cover your face and keep your distance from people.
The thousands of people that make up Isle of Wight NHS Trust, our staff and volunteers, will be here for you if you need us. Our teams are working flat out, as they have throughout the pandemic, to provide safe and compassionate care. To deal with the impact of the coming surge in COVID-19 cases and winter pressures we really need your help.
Follow the guidance
Please follow the Tier 3 guidance to the letter and keep yourself, your loved ones and our community safe. Ask your friends and family to do the same because we all have a part to play. We should all maintain good hand hygiene, wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
You can also help by making sure that you are accessing the right services. You should call NHS 111 first before coming to the hospital and they will help you get the right support, whether that’s from your local pharmacist, GP, our Urgent Treatment Centre or A&E. If it is a life-threatening emergency please call 999.
Social contact is driving the spread of the virus
We know how very difficult these new restrictions will be for us all but there is clear evidence that social contact, particularly in people’s homes, is driving the spread of the virus.
There is significant risk for our community if people start mixing freely over the coming days. I urge you all to have a careful Christmas.
Sadly this disease is proving devastatingly consistent. More social contact leads to rising cases, which leads to more hospital admissions and tragically, more people dying. We should take this very seriously but we should not give up hope.
By working together and supporting one another we will get through this. With the start of a mass vaccination programme we can see a way out of the restrictions that have so impacted our lives.
I am proud to be part of this Trust and part of this community and I know that we will rise to the challenges ahead of us.
Have a safe and happy Christmas, Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive
The church will be open EVERY DAY until Wednesday 9th December from 10am to 4pm.
It is then closed for three days whilst Covid-19 cleaning takes place ahead of the morning service on Sunday 13th December.
In this booklet you’ll find a reflection to use each day during Advent.
For each day there will be a portion of Scripture, a short reflection and a prayer. You might like to use it to
accompany the lighting of an Advent Candle or Wreath, or with opening a door on the Advent Calendar in your home, as you take a moment to prayerfully reflect on the journey this season takes us on.
CLICK/TAP HERE for the booklet (it may take a few moments to load).
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.
October 1st was the feast of St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower.
To find out more about her and other saints whose feast days are this month, why not download the Saints of the Month resource produced with The Society.
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.
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.
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.
Forthcoming Saints Days
Monday 24th August St Bartholomew
He was born at Cana and brought by the Apostle Philip to meet Jesus. Nothing further is known for certain. The great historian of the early Church, Eusebius, speaks of him in India, but the Roman Martyrology has him martyred in Armenia, skinned alive according to the Persian custom. Because his relics were enshrined on the island in the Tiber that is principally used as a hospital, he has become a patron saint of the sick.
Tuesday 25th August St Louis (1214-1270)
He became King of France (as Louis IX) at the age of twelve. He was married and had eleven children, to whom he gave an excellent upbringing. He was noted for his spirit of prayer and penitence and for his love for the poor. He ran his kingdom not only to give peace to the people and economic stability but also for their spiritual good. He founded the University of the Sorbonne and was a friend of St Thomas Aquinas. He was trusted by his fellow-rulers in Europe and often asked to arbitrate in their disputes. He undertook two unsuccessful crusades to liberate Christ’s burial-place and on the second of these he died, near Carthage, in the year 1270. He is the patron saint of France.
Thursday 27th August St Monica (331-387)
She was born at Thagaste in Africa of a Christian family. She was married young, to Patricius, and among her children was Augustine. He had a brilliant intellect and uncertain morals and his wayward spiritual career saw him at one time a Manichee and then a Neoplatonist. With many tears she prayed unceasingly to God for his conversion and her prayers were answered shortly before she died. She had a deep faith and outstanding virtue and is a wonderful example of a Christian mother.
Friday 28th August St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Augustine was born in Thagaste in Africa of a Berber family. He was brought up a Christian but left the Church early and spent a great deal of time seriously seeking the truth, first in the Manichaean heresy, which he abandoned on seeing how nonsensical it was, and then in Neoplatonism, until at length, through the prayers of his mother (see above!) and the teaching of St Ambrose of Milan, he was converted back to Christianity and baptized in 387, shortly before his mother’s death. Augustine had a brilliant legal and academic career, but after his conversion he returned he returned home to Africa and led an ascetic life. He was elected Bishop of Hippo and spent thirty-four years looking after his flock, teaching them, strengthening them in the faith and protecting them strenuously against the errors of the time. He wrote an enormous amount and left a permanent mark on both philosophy and theology. His Confessions, as dazzling in style as they are deep in content, are a landmark of world literature, as is his great work, The City of God. The Second Readings in the daily Office of Readings contain extracts from many of his works. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Boniface VIII in 1308.
The image above is St Peter Preaching in the Presence of St Mark by Fra Angelico dated circa 1433 Creative Commons CC0 License
The Parish of All Saints, Godshill
In order to operate within official guidelines, the church will not be open every day. We will endeavour to be open from 10am to 5pm as often as we can
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
Deacon Corinne on 07775 628593
and remember to pray for each other and for everyone affected by the Pandemic.