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Notes from the Rectory

The Rector has taken some time off this week, but here is an extract from this week’s Newsletter. You can download the full version under the Weekly Notices tab. It includes information which should gladden our hearts and prove that life is slowly beginning to move towards whatever the new normal will be. Some sunny weather and reaching another stage of the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions has given this week a more positive feel. It is also another example of nature being in tune with events.
Much has been written and spoken about the Duke of Edinburgh this week ahead of his funeral. The Royal Family will have celebrated his life in the same way as many other families who have lost loved ones, observing Covid restrictions. Many of us will have watched the service on the television, along with members of the Royal Family who couldn’t be there in person, and many families will doubtless have been touched by the (by Royal standards) small scale of the event. This has been replicated in so many families during the last year, but at last, along with the new life all around us in fields and gardens, we can see gradual and positive change for the better.

Special arrangements following the death of HRH the Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

Posted 10th April 2021 –

Following the sad announcement of the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh on Friday, our thoughts and prayers have been with the Queen and
the Royal Family. For most of the population, the Duke of Edinburgh has ‘always
been there’, a figure a few paces behind the Queen at so many events and
special occasions since their marriage in 1947 and also at thousands of solo
events. The Duke will be remembered for a great many reasons for a very long
time, but even if his only legacy was the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, a
huge number of young people would have cause to be grateful to him for the
wealth of experience they have acquired through being part of the programme,
the skills learned, the adventures enjoyed and the sheer confidence and selfesteem gained.
The Duke, of course, was involved in many more aspects of life, including the
Navy, Army and Air Force, numerous charities, along with a whole variety of
interests such as sports, science, art, the environment, the survival of the planet
and his strong Christian faith. He was often ahead of his time in his thinking and
was well and widely read and had published books. Maybe we will see some of
his art works eventually.2
Prince Philip’s most important roles were his support of the Queen in the almost
70 years of her reign and as the head of his family. These are the areas where he
will be most deeply missed, but his dry sense of humour and his sheer
commitment to Queen and country will be remembered for years to come. As a
man who did not receive compliments easily, as described by his wife, he would
probably be rather taken aback by what he would consider ‘all the fuss’.
It has been a privilege to welcome people to our three churches to sign the
books of condolence. These will be available for a little while longer for those
who would still like to contribute to them

Services this week and beyond…

The first positive indicator for us is that this Sunday will see the first Sunday service at St Nicholas’ Church this year. Here are the details:
 Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Nicholas’ Church, Curdworth. The President and Preacher is the Rector. You must have pre-booked in order to attend this Service.
 Service of the Word online at 11.00am. The service will be led by the Rector and the Preacher will be Rev Roy Allen.
The link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84233355603?pwd=bmxQMHpCT3RIM28ybFBHRzBSeG9Gdz09 Meeting ID: 842 3335 5603 Passcode: 746923
You can join us on the phone by dialling 0203 481 5237 Then Entering: 842 3335 5603## Then: 746923#


Next Sunday is 25th April, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. There will be:
 Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Chad’s Church, Wishaw. The President and Preacher will be the Rector. Pre-booking is required.
 Service of the word online at 11.00am. The service will be led by Rev Roy Allen and the Preacher will be Rev Canon Frank Longbottom.
SERVICES IN CHURCH
You can now book for the services on Sunday 25th April at St Chad’s Wishaw and Sunday 2nd May at St John the Baptist Church, Middleton, both services at 9.30am. Social distancing rules still apply and masks will be worn. Please book by texting or calling 07778 458789 or emailing margaret_allen69@yahoo.co.uk.
There will still be an online service at 11.00am each week for those who feel it is too soon to attend church in person or who are unable to attend for any other reason.

Please join us via out usual link –
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84233355603?pwd=bmxQMHpCT3RIM28ybFBHRzBSeG9Gdz09
Meeting ID: 842 3335 5603 Passcode: 746923
You can join us on the phone by dialling 0203 481 5237 Then Entering: 842 3335 5603## Then: 746923#


Check out our new Church Calendar

Our new Church Calendar tab shows all past and forthcoming events by month together with a Home page showing events over the next 6 weeks.

It can be accessed via the link on the page. We are testing this new version and hope that you will be able to access it without difficulty. Let us know if you encounter any problems.

Sunday Services continue Online ….. however, limited reopening is now possible. Pre-booking essential.

This Sunday is 18th April, the Third Sunday of Easter. There will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Nicholas’ Church, Curdworth. There will be as Service of the Word online at 11.00am. Link as below.
SERVICES IN CHURCH
You can now book for the services on Sunday 25th April at St Chad’s Wishaw and Sunday 2nd May at St John the Baptist Church, Middleton, both services at 9.30am. Social distancing rules still apply and masks will be worn. Please book by texting or calling 07778 458789 or emailing margaret_allen69@yahoo.co.uk.
There will be an online service at 11.00am each week for those who feel it is too soon to attend church in person or who are unable to attend for any other reason.

Our Services this week, April18th are as follows:-

 Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Nicholas’ Church, Curdworth. The President and Preacher is the Rector
 Service of the Word online at 11.00am. The service will be led by the Rector and the Preacher will be Rev Roy Allen.

See the weekly notices for full details of Services planned throughout April

Please join us via the link below. We would love to see you.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84233355603?pwd=bmxQMHpCT3RIM28ybFBHRzBSeG9Gdz09

You can join us on the phone by dialing 0203 481 5237
Then Entering: 842 3335 5603##
Then: 746923#

Next Sunday is 25th April, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. There will be:
 Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Chad’s Church, Wishaw. The President and Preacher will be the Rector.
 Service of the word online at 11.00am. The service will be led by Rev Roy Allen and the Preacher will be Rev Canon Frank Longbottom.

All arrangements are subject to change as a result of changes to Government Guidelines.

If you have pictures of Curdworth, Middleton and Wishaw inSpring, we would like them too!

Send to – Margaret Allen margaret_allen69@yahoo.co.uk

Covid-19 Guidelines

All our Churches are covered by Covid-19 Recommendations and Guidelines as periodically updated by UK Government and Church of England

In view of the situation we are now facing, the Rector has consulted with the Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council and has decided, reluctantly, that our churches must close again until allowed within revisions to recommendations and guidelines.

During this period, services will continue online at 11.00am each Sunday together with Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline during the week. Details of all these services can be found in the Newsletter.

Any activities where use of the Church is specifically permitted, including Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals or commemorative services will be conducted in accordance with official guidelines in operation at the time of the event and the limits on attendance currently in force.
We remind anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable should stay at home as much as possible and observe social distancing and we strongly discourage you from attending church during this time

We very much regret having to implement these measures and assure you that they are taken in the interests of keeping everyone as safe as possible during these remarkable times.

Contacts

With the appointment of the Rev Dr Noel Phillips as the new Rector of the Three in One Parish s of Curdworth, Wishaw and Middleton, our period of Interregnum has finally come to an end.

Noel and his family have recently completed there move into the Rectory and, while there are things still to do, he is now formally in place. You will see him out and about in the Parish so please do say “Hello”

We are living in strange times and, although some limited Services are recommencing, it will be a while yet before things get back to normal or, at least a sort of normal.

For enquiries, see below

Baptisms – Rev Dr Noel Phillips – 07498 202262 or email-  n.w.phillips@live.com

Weddings – Mrs Isabel Potter 07858 481743 email auntydizzyspell@aol.com

Funerals – Rev Dr Noel Phillips – 07498 202262 or email-  n.w.phillips@live.com