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Carol Service

Sadly we cannot gather in our church buildings this Christmas to sing carols – though watch out, because we’re working on ways to bring carols to you!

So why not join in a seasonal sing-along at home with South West Carols, a service for this season provided by churches from across the region. Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7.00pm.

https://www.southwestcarols.com/

Service for Advent Sunday – 29th November

In the Christian calendar we begin a New Year as we move from the Kingdom Season, where the focus is on remembrance, to Advent, where we prepare for the celebrations of Christmas by hearing those stories which set the scene for Christ coming into the world.

The end of lockdown means that next week, 6th December, we will resume services in our church buildings. We shall be marking Advent and the Christmas season with services both in Church and online.

The online service for Advent Sunday is now available. There are a couple of focus issues – my apologies.

And the video is found here – https://vimeo.com/484468244

Service for Christ the King – 22nd November

With lockdown continuing we are unable host worship in our church buildings. However, the life of the Church goes on. We have our online service – details below – and a phone-in service to be held at 10.00am this Sunday. Please use the contact link to get details of how to join.

For the past few Sundays we have been following the theme of remembrance. This Sunday we come to the end of that season and move from there to Advent – the time of preparation for Christmas. Quite what Christmas will be like this year is difficult to know. It will certainly be very different from other years. Please be assured that we will be doing our best to offer opportunities to celebrate the season. Christmas is not cancelled.

And the video can be found here – https://vimeo.com/481672182

…and on a personal note..

After the privilege of serving as your parish priest for thirteen years it is now time for me to move on. I will be leaving the Parishes of Seaton and Beer in February to be licensed as Team Rector of the Saffron Walden and Villages Team, and Rural Dean of Saffron Walden.

Services, and the other activities of our Churches, will continue (Covid permitting) and the PCC’s, Deanery and wider Diocese will be working together to find the best pattern for future ministry.

My thanks and best wishes to you all.

Jeremy

Remembrance Sunday Service – Update

Sadly, due to the requirements of the Covid-19 lockdown, the Services of Remembrance due to be held on Remembrance Sunday have had to be amended.

Whilst services in Church buildings may not go ahead, there is Government permission for Churches and Local Authorities to host services at outdoor War Memorials. Therefore there will be a short Act of remembrance held at the Memorial in St Gregory’s churchyard, Seaton, starting at 10.45am on Sunday.

Members of the public are asked not to gather at the War Memorials at either of these times. The Sunday Act at St Gregory’s will be live-streamed on the “St Gregory’s Church, Seaton” Facebook page.

Regrettably, despite attempts to arrange a similar Act for Beer, it has not been possible to do so.

For other ideas on how to mark Remembrance appropriately please go to:

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/remembrance-sunday

https://dcmsblog.uk/2020/10/remembrance-and-armistice-2020/

A Service of Remembrance for All Souls

Every year we gather in one of our churches to hold a special service in which we remember those we love but have lost. At this service we remember all those whose funerals have been supported by our clergy over the past couple of years, and we also remember those who are special to us in other ways, whether their funeral was recent or a long time ago. We remind ourselves that all are special to God, and that, as we entrusted our loved ones to God at their funeral, God continues to hold and care for each of them today.

Sadly we are not able to host this service in our church buildings this year. But, we have recorded a service which will be posted online on Sunday afternoon. We usually hold this service in the evening as it is getting dark and the day is coming to an end, and I suggest this would be a good time to take a few minutes, watch the video, remember your loved ones, and seek for that renewal of faith and hope that we look for at this time. All of those for whom we have helped with a funeral, and all who have requested remembrance for their loved ones, both last year and this, will be remembered in private prayer by the Vicar.

The service is now available at – https://vimeo.com/474382083

A Service for All Saints – 1st November

This Sunday we mark All Saints. Saints are not perfect people who never got anything wrong. They were all very human, with frailties and failings – just like us. Yet they managed to rise above their weaknesses and, through their lives, demonstrate something better; something that pointed people towards God.

Services for this Sunday are: 9.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Beer, and 11.00am Morning Prayer at St Gregory’s, Seaton.

The 11.00am service can also be accessed by telephone. Please contact us for details.

The online service is available as a printed order and a video.

And the video can be found here – https://vimeo.com/473833033