JUNE 2020


Services and forthcoming events.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Return to services in the church building

At the time of writing it is not known when this will happen. Discussions are taking place to find the best way of effecting this. What is sure is that it will be a phased return and only when the proper safety measures are in place. Watch this space!


During the coronavirus pandemic, services in the church building have been suspended, however, the work of the church continues. Please continue to pray daily from your homes and remember that you and this community are daily prayed for at Morning and Evening Prayer which continues at 8.15am and 5.30pm respectively from our homes


The e-pew sheet distribution list will be used to update you on what is happening as things progress. Importantly it will be used to send out information on how to access services on, for example, Zoom


During the coronavirus lockdown, our services have been happening via Zoom. 

There is presently no indication of when services (in any form) will resume in the church building. Unless things change, our 10am Sunday Parish Eucharist via Zoom will continue throughout June

Those without internet access are invited to join in the words of the service at the same time.


The information, including the link, for the Zoom services is sent out every Saturday in readiness for the service on the Sunday.

If you do not receive this please contact Judith parishpriest@stmarysburiton.church

The order of service will also be posted on the website


Zoom services of Morning Prayer (8.15am) and Evening Prayer (5.30pm) are said daily 

Please email the Parish priest parishpriest@stmarysburiton.church for the information for these



 The Parish Eucharist will take place via Zoom at 10.00am every Sunday in June


Sunday 7 June,   Trinity Sunday

Sunday 14 June, Trinity 1

Sunday 21 June, Trinity 2

Sunday 28 June, Trinity 3


This is the link and password you will need




Meeting ID: 895 7667 0208

Password: 111111



It is also possible to join via a phone landline if you do not have internet access.



        0203 481 5237 United Kingdom


Meeting ID: 895 7667 0208

Password: 111111



Midday Prayers


Midday Prayers for all those affected by the coronavirus – health workers, self-isolating, sick, bereaved, chaplains – can be accessed on this  Zoom link until 11 June. (after this date please see website for new link). The prayers are available on the website



https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87972864798   (there is no password for this)


Meeting ID: 879 7286 4798


It is also possible to join via a phone landline if you do not have internet access.



        0203 481 5237 United Kingdom


Meeting ID: 879 7286 4798

St Mary’s website.


Please check our website regularly   www.stmarysburiton.church


Our Rector, Will, is regularly posting helpful reflections on St Peter’s website for which a link can be found on our website.  Go to the St Peter’s website tab



The church diary can be viewed on our website. On home page go to what’s on (at top of screen) then to church diary (on left of screen)


Here are the lectionary readings for June


7th June

2 Cor 13:11-end p.183

Matthew 28:16-20  p.32

14th June

Romans 5:1-8  p.151

Matthew 9:35-10:8 p.9

21st June

Romans 6:1b-11 p.152

Matthew 10:24-39  p.10

28th June


Matthew 10:40-42


If you have a pastoral emergency (whatever day it is) please don’t hesitate to contact Judith. If your situation is not urgent, however, it would be helpful if you could avoid contacting her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The churchwardens are happy to assist with parish business on those days.


Church Warden contact details.

Win Normington: 01730 267926   Reached via: win.fircroft@btinternet.com

Richard Marks: 01730 262599  Reached via :wardownhouse@gmail.com


Members of the PCC

Our PCC consists of the following people. Please speak to one of them if you have any comments or questions

The Revd Canon Will Hughes, the Rev’d Judith Bee, The Rev’d Dr Sam Cullen, Win Normington and Richard Marks (Churchwardens), Moya Cozens, Vanessa Dowse, Greg Ford, Ian Johnston (Deanery Synod), Mary Owens (Deanery Synod), Alison Stevens, David Symmonds. James Dryden and Katy Schwarz, who has been appointed as our new PCC Secretary.





News from the pews.

Please note a new e-mail address for correspondence for the pew sheet. stmaryspewsheetburiton@gmail.com

It will be checked by Judith or Elaine but please do not use this for anything urgent and non-pew sheet related as we cannot guarantee that it will be checked daily


PCC met  via Zoom last month;  there were two agenda items.

Development of the cart sheds abutting the eastern churchyard wall: The PCC would not agree to the digging of a trench in the churchyard to accommodate a French drain for the development of this building. It asked for further clarification regarding the erection of scaffolding and protective covering during the works. It agreed to the lifting of the crowns of the yew trees.

Finances:  Measures have been taken to reduce the financial effect of the pandemic as much as possible. The fund for the repair of the (exterior) chancel window is still short, particularly as fundraising is largely on hold during the pandemic. (Work will however begin on 29 May and will last approx. 8 weeks).

There was concern that our giving away would be severely affected as our income is reduced. A formula was suggested to manage both our paying of the parish share and our giving away at the year end, when it would be known how much was available.


Sunday 28 June

On this Sunday, we have a visiting preacher at our 10am service. Ian Coombs, Diocesan Ambassador for The Children’s Society, will be speaking to us about its work. The Children’s Society is one of the organisations we support financially at St Mary’s. the service will be slightly different from usual but will still use the Eucharist liturgy. At the end of the service, instead of the usual “after church zoom coffee”, there will be an opportunity to ask Ian questions via the “Chat” facility.


Our giving

No services in church means that our finances are suffering during the lockdown (like everyone’s!

Thank you to those of you who continue to give through the Parish Giving Scheme, or by standing order.

If you would like to find out more about the Parish Giving Scheme (which is an easy and convenient way to give and includes Gift Aid) please contact our Treasurer, Ian Johnston  ian@tithehouse.com   262293.        


It is now also possible to give via GoFundMe on our website.   As is usual with such websites, there is a small administration charge for its use.  When you make a donation, it asks you to give a tip, which goes towards the costs of running its site. Set the tip to £0 if you don’t want to pay this


Those who use weekly envelopes should continue to use those each week and bring them when we can get into church again. If you don’t want to use any of the above, please put aside your weekly giving until we can get back into church.  Many thanks for your understanding and support.




Petersfield Foodbank: some local organisations have been suggesting that there is a restriction on the number of times that people can access help from the food bank. This may be the case elsewhere but in Petersfield support is available for all those in need, for as long as is needed. Anyone needing help can go to The Salvation Army in Swan Street, Petersfield (temporary entrance is at the rear of hall in the Central Car Park)

If possible people should call or text Linda Read on 07872 407403 the previous day so that she can ensure enough packs are ready. We would like to thank all Buriton residents who have already donated to us with many donations of food however….

The need for support from the PACT food bank is increasing each month as more and more families need our help.

Last month (April) we gave out packs to 200 Adults and 121 Children, that is more than a 300% increase on same month last year.

These are the items that we are currently noticeably short of… however any tinned, dried or packet food items will be welcome.

Tins or packs of Custard and Rice Puddings

Tinned fish or meat

Tinned Fruit

Tins spaghetti hoops or baked beans

Tins/packs Soup

Jars Coffee

Hot Chocolate

Tea Bags


Dried Rice

Packs of Noodles and/or Couscous/pasta

Toilet Rolls

Household products (Washing up Liquids, Washing Powder/Liquid, Bleach and Spray Surface Cleaners)

Dog Food (we have plenty of cat food)

Donations can be taken to The Methodist Church on Monday and Wednesday 10-12 where the packs are made up. Also a new collection point is the Nationwide Building Society in Swan Street. Liz Palmer in Kiln Lane is also very happy to accept your donations on her doorstep, she then delivers to us. Alternatively Liz is happy to come and pick up from your house, if you are self isolating.

If you have any queries about making donations please call Terry Doubleday, Chair of Food-Bank, on 07837 030576


Buriton NeighbourCare

Buriton NeighbourCare has been absolutely tremendous during this crisis, headed up by our own Peter and JM Nixon and served by a whole army of willing volunteers from around the village. Thank you all!


Keeping in touch

Please do all you can during the time when we have to practise social distancing, to stay in touch with each other by phone, email or some other electronic form.

We have tried to set up a network of people to ring those in our regular congregation, to have a chat and to pray with them over the phone. (this is becoming less weird, the more we do it!!) If you haven’t been contacted yet, please let Judith know parishpriest@stmarysburiton.co.uk  01730 269390


Baptisms and weddings

The church is closed to these during the present crisis, but you can still make enquiries about later dates. Emergency baptisms are permitted, contact Judith in this situation


Please pray for Stuart and Katie who have had to postpone their wedding this month because of COVID-19 (not last month as previously said!)


The Marriage Course online is a series of seven sessions designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage or relationship, and in some cases, to restore what has been broken. All couples in a long-term, committed relationship are welcome, whether or not you are married or have faith. Harbour Church are running The Marriage Course online for free, starting Wednesday 10th June, at 7:15pm each evening. Guests can join from anywhere, and will be introduced by hosts Andrew & Miriam Hargreaves, then directed to the films which will be interspersed with questions for private discussion breaks, and finish with an optional ‘end of evening’ zoom call. https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/events/2020/06/10/marriage-course-2020/?mc_cid=57c55a99d3&mc_eid=6065e7b5ef for full details and to sign up.



Each month in our prayers for the community we focus on a different road, which is always advertised in this pew sheet. 

This month we particularly pray for the residents of Greenway Lane and Wardown House


Are you sick?

If you are unwell, with the virus or anything else, please let the Parish Priest know. I may not be able to visit but there are other ways of ministering. Please don’t assume that I know



At the time of writing we cannot have funerals in the church, but a graveside service or a crematorium service with a minimal number of people present is allowed. The situation may change quickly. Please contact the Parish priest for more information parishpriest@stmarysburiton.co.uk  01730 269390


News from St Andrew’s Dominase

Mary Owens has been keeping in touch with our link parish in Ghana, and especially through the pandemic. Here are a couple of emails from Jonathan Oppong


On 21 May

Dear Mary

Sorry for my delay in replying your messages. I have been busy at my workplace working as front liner in the fight against COVID-19.  (Jonathan is a Registered nurse with specialty in psychiatry)

We are all doing well here. Dominase is fortunate to have not recorded any case of COVID-19 yet. There is now ban on social gathering and for that matter St Andrews has not been able to meet as usual. However, an arrangement has been made so we meet in groups outside the church premises

We all got worried when we heard the news about COVID-19 in UK. Hearing from you gave us a sign of relief that you all doing good. We are still praying for you all in Buriton


 And on 28 May

Dear Mary

We thank God that all in St Mary are also doing good in the mist of this COVID-19 season. Majority of St Andrews members are not abreast with internet usage even though zoom and other social media platforms are available here. Just like I said in my earlier message we meet in small groups of not more than 25 people in compliance with the social gathering directives and precautionary measure

We are in our rainy season here in Ghana. Is being raining all over.

Our rebuilding of the chapel is on course. The floor is fully casted with concrete, windows and doors are well secured so now u don’t have that burden of moving items to safer place after church service. We thank you and St Mary for your support in that way. St Andrews was about to start the plastering when this COVID-19 set in and social gathering was banned. The church membership is also growing as well now that we have more spacious room for our services. The interior walls of the mission has also been painted

St Andrews is also fervently praying for all in Buriton especially St Mary membership.




That’s  all folks!

Next edition beginning of July




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