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St George's Church

Rushbottom Lane

New Thundersley

Benfleet

Essex

SS7 4DN

01268 754561

stgeorges1964@outlook.com


Registered Charity No. 1134854

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Dear Friends


I have this evening received updated advice from the Church of England “House of Bishops Recovery Group” regarding face coverings in services.

"We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present."


In light of this advice the Wardens and I would echo the message though it is sad that we must,  I will obviously be wearing a mask to conduct our public worship but due to the restrictions of such face coverings to communication I am unwilling to preach sermons under these conditions.  I believe that to attempt this would lead to a worse outcome than leading services from home where the communication has been clear and understood.


Therefore I propose to continue with our current pattern of blended services at 10:30 but with simply confession & absolution, creed, scripture readings for the day, intercessions and the communion liturgy.  I will pre-record my sermon from home (with the readings repeated) and Premier this on Facebook for around 11:15 to allow us to finish the service in church and give people time to return home.  The balance of the service will be Livestreamed this week to test the sound quality for Livestream watchers.


I would guess that under the above conditions for attending church services many will prefer not to come in person and I completely understand this (not sure I would go!) especially when opportunities for fellowship are limited and we cannot sing in worship.  If this includes you please know that we value you just the same and hope that you are able to continue to connect online.


The planned United Breaks Out events will continue as planned but the same Face covering rules apply.


In the mean time I look forward to being with you on Sunday either in person or online!


Ever yours


Pete



Exemptions


You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:

  • young children under the age of 11

  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability

  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress

  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to

    communicate

  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others

  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you

  • to eat or drink, but only if you need to

  • to take medication

  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering


  • There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:

  • If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification

  • If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication 

New Wine 2020


St George's Church has supported and attended the New Wine Christian conference festival for many years now. 2020 has brought many changes to the way events are run, and so here below is how New Wine is being run this year. Please feel free to engage with their material as you feel able to do so.

United Breaks Out
Thursday 30 July - Monday 3 August


We can’t wait to get together with you online in your homes and (hopefully) communities this summer. There’s no need to book; we’re busy building an online hub so everything, from the kids’ app to the bookshop, are a couple of clicks away. We're also working closely with our inclusion teams to make sure the event is as accessible as possible.

Here's a taste of what you'll be able to enjoy, for free, from your sofa, a tent in your garden, your local park or even your bed!

"Dear friends,


From Monday 15th June the church entrance lobby will be made available as a space for private prayer each day between 9am and 5:30pm.  Social distancing guidelines should be followed in this space and signs will be on display giving clear guidance.  Please do continue to also use this as a place to deposit food for distribution via our friends at Yellow Door on Canvey Island.


Ever yours


Pete

Revd Peter Hillman, Associate Minister”

Welcome to St George's

 

We are a community of Christian believers in Benfleet, Essex, who desire to encounter God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

God is about restoring relationships, renewing the heart and redeeming the soul.

 

Church is a place to feel accepted, supported and grow in the knowledge of who we are and how God wants us to live life.

 

Please feel free to visit us at one of our church events or services.

 

We hope you feel at home....

 

SUNDAY SERVICE  TIMES

9:15am          Holy Communion

11:00am        Informal Worship

 

We believe in the power of God to heal and to give us all kinds of spiritual gifts. We always offer prayer at our services for anyone with any kind of need, even if it's  simply for more of Him!

 

United Breaks Out at St George's


Here's what you need to know!


1/ United Breaks Out is free!!


2/ If you have an internet connection and a computer, tablet, smart phone or smart TV, it’ll be very easy to access all the material


3/ We’ll show a main celebration each evening (Thurs 30th to Monday 3rd) in church at 8pm, plus the Sunday Aug 2nd service at 11 a.m. (COVID guidelines apply)


4/ There’s something in the programme for all age groups (0-11, 11-18 and adults) - this isn’t just for those mad few who go camping each summer!


5/ There’ll also be seminars and talks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on a range of 10 subjects including Prayer, Race, Parenting, and Grief & Loss (see the detailed programme for more information).


6/On Friday to Monday, there’ll be worship and Bible teaching at 11am each day.


7/Our home group leaders will try to arrange small group get togethers either physically or online so we can connect, have a drink and chat together, & maybe discuss something we’ve watched from United Breaks Out. (Lance Porteous will try to organise something online for those not currently in a home group - anyone who wants to be part of that, please let Lance know).


8/If you miss a session, you’ll be able to catch up afterwards.


9/There are after-hours sessions including a big quiz


10/If anyone wants to know more about the event including how to access it, feel free to ask Jonathan Pinnock or Ian King.