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HELLO FROM JEREMY
As I write Summer rapidly has become Autumn almost overnight, but I hope you all had a good Summer and were able to get some time to relax.
I was thinking the other day how very small actions are often very significant: a smile, a wave or greeting, the note or phone call of thanks, giving encouragement or showing concern, they can make such a difference to the recipient. But it is all too easy to omit them – I know I am sometimes as guilty as the next person on this.
But Jesus was someone who saw things which other people missed or thought unimportant. He saw and valued the woman who put an apparently insignificant coin in the Temple offering. He told parables about small mustard seeds and a lost coin; accepted the gift of a young boy’s lunch to feed a huge crowd; mixed with people who were regarded as rubbish by the respectable religious; said that those who helped people in need who were easily ignored or overlooked were helping him – and that those who failed to help them failed him.
It is one of the many challenges that Jesus gives to those of any age who seek to follow him. As in the popular saying, so often, ‘actions speak louder than words’. St Francis, one of my favorite Saints, understood this, he said ‘share the Gospel in all that you do and, if necessary, use words’.
All my love
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares for you”.
1 Peter 5:7
O Lord our God, source of all goodness and love,
accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION
A Message from Jeremy
At our recent Ministry Team meeting we had a very long discussion about the ongoing distribution of Communion within the Benefice, as we are now somewhat unique in still wearing face coverings and giving communion in only one kind.
What we are proposing is that from Sunday 1st October we will go back to the pre-covid system of having the priest distributing the bread and a communion assistant offering the chalice.
However, we want to stress that if anyone feels uncomfortable receiving the wine they do not have to, and it is still a full communion if only the bread is consumed.
Also, we do not want communicants to intinct their own wafers in the wine, as in studies from a hygiene perspective this has the potential to spread far more germs than sharing a common cup.
If, at the end of communion, any of the Clergy feel uncomfortable with consuming the wine from the chalice after it has been shared by members of the congregation, it is theologically acceptable to pour the remains of the wine to the ground, either using the piscina in the churches that have one or pouring it to ground outside somewhere on the consecrated land.
I have also requested that if any members of the Ministry Team (or servers) contract a cold, and cannot find someone to take their place, they should wear a face covering when they come anywhere near the communion elements; and that, at all times, both Clergy and those administering the chalice must adhere to strict hand hygiene and continue to use sanitiser.
I hope this all makes sense, and that we will be able to make a smooth transition in our communion practice. Obviously, we will also monitor the public health situation with regards to Covid 19 in North Norfolk, and at any time, if necessary, will be prepared to change what we do.
SAFEGUARDING, HELP AND ADVICE
Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of children and adults at risk of, or experiencing, emotional, psychological, physical or spiritual harm and/or neglect.
Safeguarding means enabling those who are affected to live safely, free from any kind of abuse or neglect. It is about people and organizations working together to prevent and reduce both the risks and actual experience of abuse in all of its forms.
We take safeguarding very seriously, at all of the Benefice Churches and care about all those we seek to serve within our churches and our communities.
We conform to the policy of Norwich Diocese which can be found at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/about/safeguarding
If you believe that either yourself or someone you know may be at risk of harm or neglect, please contact the Benefice Safeguarding Officer Rev. Paul Yeomans 07437203535 to discuss your concerns and what the next steps might be.
Alternatively, you may contact the Norwich Diocese Safeguarding Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on: 01603 882345.
If you yourself or someone you know is in immediate danger of being harmed then please call 999 to be advised by the emergency services.